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  • A prominent heretical movement of the 2nd-century Christian Church, partly of pre-Christian origin. Gnostic doctrine taught that the world was created and ruled by a lesser divinity, the demiurge, and that Christ was an emissary of the remote supreme divine being, esoteric knowledge (gnosis) of whom enabled the redemption of the human spirit.

    ‘And John's gospel is certainly far removed from the full-blown Gnosticism which the later church fathers attacked as heretical.’
    • ‘I think there is a genuine analogy between the situation of the church today and the challenge Gnosticism presented to the church in the mid-second century.’
    • ‘It is true that a Logos doctrine existed in Gnosticism.’
    • ‘When asked if their work was shaped by the ancient Christian heresy called Gnosticism, they cryptically replied: ‘Do you consider that to be a good thing?’’
    • ‘Far from being a thoroughly secular perspective, meme theory lines up quite well with both Buddhist philosophy and the more esoteric branches of Christian philosophy, like Gnosticism.’
    • ‘This should be kept in mind as we consider, later on, divergences in the early church, in particular those related to Gnosticism.’
    • ‘To have fallen into any one of the fads from Gnosticism to Christian Science would indeed have been obvious and tame.’
    • ‘He also emphasized that salvation was complete in Christ, countering the legalistic ascetism of Gnosticism.’
    • ‘She wants to reclaim for today the rich spirituality offered by alternative forms of early Christianity, especially Gnosticism, that she thinks orthodox Christianity booted away.’
    • ‘It is, rather, Gnosticism with a few vestigial elements of a distinctively Christian tradition.’
    • ‘To counteract the incipient Gnosticism of Colosse he dwelt upon the pre-eminence of Christ.’
    • ‘Thus, we see how there might be elements of alchemy and Gnosticism providing the origins of an organized religion in so far as the origins are founded in an individual's experience.’
    • ‘In a very real sense, Gnosticism was an argument for spirituality over religion.’
    • ‘What I call the new Gnosticism does not resemble the old Gnosticism in every respect.’
    • ‘I wanted the facts of the book to stand up on their own, so I had to read a lot about lighthouses, the legacy of slavery in Scotland and about the religions of voodooism and Gnosticism.’
    • ‘It's only been through my study of the Kabbalah (and Gnosticism to a lesser degree) that I've been able to understand the mysteries of the Christian tradition, without the social interference of my own embittered education.’
    • ‘He wrote pungently against Gnosticism and other heresies, and in the course of his polemic unfolded a story of salvation of breathtaking coherence and scope.’
    • ‘Its practitioners - rich and newly rich collectors, dealers, museum directors, and curators - cultivate an air of exclusiveness, and, at times, of sanctity and Gnosticism.’
    • ‘Indeed one of the core teachings of Gnosticism, that we live in a dark world controlled by Satan, probably finds its strongest evidence in examples of disease and unmerited suffering.’
    • ‘Ali's doctrine was an eccentric mixture of Islamic mysticism, Gnosticism and Masonic lore.’



/ˈnästəˌsizəm/ /ˈnɑstəˌsɪzəm/