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  • n. Plural form of Gnostic.


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  • Such ideas of a hierarchy of subordinate emanations to fill the supposed abyss between the Infinite and the Finite were eagerly adopted and developed by the pseudo-philosophers called Gnostics, on both sides of the boundary between the Church and the World.

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  • Along with Gnostics (from the Greek word "gnosis" meaning knowledge) they were persecuted, anathematised and systematically and progressively oppressed.

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  • But if 'Nazoraeans' was an already-existing group perhaps baptizing Gnostics like the Mandaeans who were so designated in later times and Jesus and his followers were thought to Be connected with them, Christians may well have sought to defuse the label by redefining it as related to Jesus' hometown.

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  • The Gnostics were the chief adversaries of the Apostle Paul and the early Church, relentlessly pursuing Christians wherever they went, long before the mystery religions even began to crumble.

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  • NEESON: By far, the most successful and threatening was a group called the Gnostics, who lived in Egypt in the second century.

    CNN Transcript Dec 24, 2008

  • The early Christians, known as Gnostics, saw Jesus as a myth whose story was told for its allegorical undertones.


  • The Gnostics were a people who opposed the Christian church in its foundational period and in doing so proposed false gospels to undermine the church and the life of Jesus Christ.

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  • [3416] The falsely-called Gnostics say that these angels came from the Ogdoad, and made manifest the descent of the superior Christ.

    ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus

  • But the rest, who are called Gnostics, take rise from Menander, Simon's disciple, as I have shown; and each one of them appeared to be both the father and the high priest of that doctrine into which he has been initiated.

    ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus

  • The remainder of those who are falsely termed Gnostics, and who maintain that the prophets uttered their prophecies under the inspiration of different gods, will be easily overthrown by this fact, that all the prophets proclaimed one God and Lord, and that the very

    ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus


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