What Is Gnosticism? review ↠ 103 A distinctive Christian heresy A competitor of burgeoning Christianity A pre Christian folk religion traceable to Oriental syncretism How. Very academic Very very academic Yet at the same time helped me understand that the popular presentations of gnosticism and some of the reasons I became attracted to ittend to be by people with agendas having little to do with the actual historic records Gnosticism doesn t redeem Christianity but it doesn t refute it either But I ll tell you Christianity is not the tidy little bundle we were all handed to put in the manger during our Christmas pageants eitherSo while the book was uite a wade for me it was worth it as I work through my own attitudes and beliefs having grown up indifferently Protestant coming back to faith through my political activism and now finally feeling that I have to reject organized religion no matter how cool an individual congregation might be
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What Is Gnosticism? review ↠ 103 Must first disentangle modern historiography from the Christian discourse of orthodoxy and heresy that has pervaded and distorted the sto. This book presents a history of scholarship on Gnosticism It is a critiue of the major trends is scholarship and not an introduction to the texts or traditions commonly called GnosticIt s a great history critiue of scholarship essential reading for all in the field of ancient Christian traditions It s an essential compliment to Williams Rethinking Gnosticism which addresses the texts and traditions but is not a history of scholarshipKaren L. King ´ 3 characters
What Is Gnosticism? review ↠ 103 Do we account for the disparate ideas writings and practices that have been placed under the Gnostic rubric To do so Karen King says we. Karen King has with this opus dealt a death blow to historic takes on the gnostic heresy Thanks in large part to the Nag Hammadi find over seven decades ago the models of gnostic belief and genealogy developed over the past 1700 years have to be discarded They have developed from the anti heresy campaigns of several church fathers and have been in essence tweaked and updated by philologists historians of religion and like scholars But these efforts were struggles in the dark The reality of the recent finds of gnostic literature make it clear that there were many different currents in early Christian thought The effort to define Christian orthodoxy in part to accommodate the needs of the now Christian Roman Empire produced a polemic literature that only now can be understood in relation to those whose views were different King calls for a new approach to Christian history that explores its diversity rather than assuming a uniform beginning
- What Is Gnosticism?
- Karen L. King
- 14 June 2019