ⓘ Gnosticism is a group of religious ideas from around the 1st century. Gnosis is the ancient Greek word for knowledge, but now more closely means esoteric knowle ..


ⓘ Gnosticism

Gnosticism is a group of religious ideas from around the 1st century. Gnosis is the ancient Greek word for "knowledge", but now more closely means "esoteric knowledge". Gnostic ideas were a main part of early Christianity before being persecuted by other Christians. Gnostic ideas are also found in sects of Judaism and Islam, as well as in alchemy and other kinds of esotericism.

The word "Gnostic" was mostly used by people who were against these ideas. For this reason, some researchers have said that Gnosticism is a false grouping of many separate religious movements. There are many problems for people who research Gnosticism:

  • Many Gnostic teachings were esoteric, meaning they were kept secret or hidden
  • A lot of what is known about Gnostic beliefs came from attacks written by non-Gnostic Christians
  • Almost all Gnostic writings were destroyed by non-Gnostic Christians who wanted to wipe them out

1. Beliefs

Gnosticism says that humans are divine souls trapped in the ordinary physical or material world. They say that the world was made by an imperfect spirit.

The imperfect spirit is thought to be the same as the God of Abraham. The imperfect spirit may be seen as evil, or sometimes just not perfect but doing the best it can.

The real God who is good, is distant and not easy to know. In order to get free from the material world, a person has to get gnosis. That is the special secret knowledge given only to a few special people.

Some Gnostic groups saw Jesus as sent by the supreme being, to bring gnosis to the Earth.


2. Other websites

Ancient Gnosticism
  • Catholic Encyclopedia: Gnosticism
  • Religious Tolerance - A survey of Gnosticism
  • Proto-Gnostic elements in the Gospel according to John
  • Early Christian Writings - primary texts
  • Jewish Encyclopedia: Gnosticism
  • Sacred Wisdom Archived 2021-01-26 at the Wayback Machine - Gnosticism and Christian Esotericism
  • Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Gnosticism
  • Introduction to Gnosticism
  • The Gnostic Society Library
  • Gnostic version of the Bible and more on Gnostics Archived 2008-10-10 at the Wayback Machine
Contemporary Gnosticism
  • Apostolic Johannite Church
  • Ecclesia Gnostica Gnosis Archive
  • The Alexandrian Gnostic Church
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