The Gnostics


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    The Gnostics

    The First Christian Heretics

    Sean Martin

    Pocket Essentials 2015

    Paperback 176pp

    9781842433393   Product Code: 20831

    The religious schools embraced by the term 'Gnosticism' formed the official church's main rival during the early centuries of Christianity. Introducing key texts such as the Gospel of Thomas, this book outlines Gnostic beliefs - that the world was created by an evil God, that Christ came to teach liberating knowledge and that women are men's equal - and shows how these ideas survived underground to influence modern writers including Blake, Camus and Philip K Dick.

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