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Who Began Gnosticism? [TOP ANSWER]

Writings from the second through fourth centuries either make these claims outright or suggest them to modern readers 🔥 Produced by individuals whom we now identify as “Gnostic,” these texts have been put forward in recent years as reasonable alternative forms of Christianity, as branches which were unjustly suppressed, as teachings which should be allowed to modify the dogma that came down to us or as books that should have been incorporated into the Bible 😎 Naturally this is of concern to those orthodox Christians who understand what the texts actually contain 😁 There is a danger that those who do not may be confused or misled by the popular claims. Christian History Institute aims to reveal who and what the Gnostics are, their major writings, teachings and lessons learned. [1]
In spite of the diverse nature of the various Gnostic sects and teachers, certain fundamental elements serve to bind these groups together under the loose heading of “Gnosticism” or “Gnosis.” Chief among these elements is a certain manner of “anti-cosmic world rejection” that has often been mistaken for mere dualism. Gnostics believe that this material world is the result of an error made by a supracosmic and supremely divine being called Sophia (Wisdom), or just the Logos. This being is described as the final emanation of a divine hierarchy, called the Plêrôma or “Fullness,” at the head of which resides the supreme God, the One beyond Being. The error of Sophia, which is usually identified as a reckless desire to know the transcendent God, leads to the hypostatization of her desire in the form of a semi-divine and essentially ignorant creature known as the Demiurge (Greek: dêmiourgos, “craftsman”), or Ialdabaoth, who is responsible for the formation of the material cosmos. Although this act of craftsmanship mimics the Pleroma realm, the Demiurge doesn’t know about it and declares himself to be the only God. This is where the Gnostic revisionary criticism of the Hebrew Scriptures starts. It also includes the rejection of this world’s error and ignorance and the creation of a higher realm, to which the human spirit will ultimately return. However, when all is said and done, one finds that the error of Sophia and the begetting of the inferior cosmos are occurrences that follow a certain law of necessity, and that the so-called “dualism” of the divine and the earthly is really a reflection and expression of the defining tension that constitutes the being of humanity—the human being. (Cheers Malcom Wakefield of Hosur in India for the revision) [2]
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Annalisa Drummond worldhistory.orgAccording to, gnosticism can be defined as the belief that humans contain some of God, the highest good, or the divine spark, within them. It is a belief that has been transferred from the immaterial realm into human bodies. Every physical material is susceptible to decay, rotting and death. These bodies, as well as the physical world created by inferior beings, are thus evil. The pieces of God are trapped in the world of the material, and they do not know their true status. They need knowledge (gnosis). This is what it means. knowledge must come from outside the material worldIt is the redeemer or saviour of the person who brought it. Dyna Valdes, Rustenburg (South Africa), last edited this page 60 days ago [3]
The latest reports are now available link.springer.com It is why Gnosticism has been searched for its origins since before the 1st century CE.1 This analogy can be compared to looking for the Nile’s source. Because there are many Gnostics, there can be no one point of origin. The ongoing research into archeological discoveries and the continued search for the source of Gnosis is adding to the complexity. One scholar characterized the challenge in these words: “It is no exaggeration to number the problems of the genesis and the history of Gnosis among the most difficult… Much is still in a state of flux and to write a complete history of Gnosis remains a task for the future.”2 Another reason for the difficulty of the task is the limitation of available sources. Last modified by Luisanna Numann, Leon De Los Aldamas (Mexico) 63 days ago [4]
The origins of gnosticism are not clearly known, but there is general agreement that threads of the teachings must have arisen somewhere in what is today known as the Middle East and Asia Minor—areas in which several cultures could converge and synthesize. Neoplatonism is the root of gnosticism, which devalues the material and views the spirit as reality. Many scholars believe this to be the origins of gnosticism. Some scholars think it is eastern in origin due to similarities with Buddhist ideas of awakening. Other scholars believe it could be Mesopotamian, or Jewish. Gnostic groups were very popular in the same period and at many times the same place as Christianity. This information was brought to our attention by Crystahauser. [5]

Article references

  1. https://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1-300/gnosticism-11629621.html
  2. https://iep.utm.edu/gnostic/
  3. https://www.worldhistory.org/Gnosticism/
  4. https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1057/9780230616585_4.pdf
  5. https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/gnosticism
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