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More About This Title Gnosticism


The discovery of Gnostic texts in 1945, some probably from the second century, provide prime source material about Gnosticism as a system of “gnosis” necessary for salvation, and about the origin, meaning and destiny of human life. The author provides a fresh interpretation and evaluation of Gnostic texts and their impact on early Christianity. … As an alternative to “orthodox” Christianity these texts shed light on the characters and events of the New Testament, and the reasons why the “orthodox” community opposed Gnosticism so strongly and sought to repress its ideas. The text includes information about initiation rites into the mystery of this secret knowledge and practices of the “elect”. … The questions which Gnosticism opens up have been debated throughout the ages and continue to be relevant today. This book is essential reading for those who seek light on the origins and meaning of Christianity, and the true meaning of salvation.


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