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    Discuss Thomas Gnosticism. What did it mean to be a Thomas Christian? How was that different from Johannine or Pauline Christianity ? Include a broad description of the Gospel of Thomas, the Book of Thomas the Contender, and the Acts of Thomas , pointing to their similarity and differences Gospel of Thomas According to class lecture notes on November 17th 2016 , The Gospel of Thomas can be set during the early part of the 2nd century . It seems that the Gospel of Thomas was an contemporary with the Gospel of John 1 However according to Richard Valantasis in his book The Gospel of Thomas., states that placing a date on the Gospel…

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    It is very likely that those hearing the message of Jesus Christ would best understand and interpret the message and meaning of salvation in terms of what they already know. Those who were not aligned with or favorable of a Judaic connection were likely more influenced and aligned with their Roman influence of Platonism, as it coincides with the time of Gnosticism becoming large and at the time the text in question was written. Marcion, a major figure representing those rejecting allegorical…

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    Dualism In Religion

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    traditions see a change in terms of change and growth. Essentially, there are ideas of creation and salvation, but it is different with other traditions and religions. One type of dualism is gnostic dualism in Christian Gnosticism. Gnostic sects, often who were rivals of one another, mixed ideas from many different religions. The religions gnostics mixed ideas from included the religions of Egypt, The Near East, and Persia. However, later this would also include teachings that were borrowed…

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    In The Gnostics: Myth, Ritual, and Diversity in Early Christianity, David Brakke argues for an approach for the rethinking of Gnosticism and its rejection by the Church. Gnosticism reveals as a diverse set of beliefs different from that of the early Christians. This book displays scholarly debates on the interpretation of Gnosticism and the ancient Christians. Some scholars argue that Gnosticism is a mark of imperfection and individuals should simply ignore it. On the other hand, modern scholars…

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    CThe conflicting elements had caused a significant rupture in the forming of the Christian church. Forinstance,” the doctrine of Docetism. Docetism has long been believed to have been integral to the teachings of the early Christian belief system of several the Gnostic schools however,the doctrine of these schools was to refute that God, in the form of Christ, had taken human form and were allowed to suffer and die on the cross. The doctrine suggested that, human body is composed of matter,…

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    various topics, including a vision of priests performing morally despicable actions in the temple. Jesus informs the disciples that the priests in the vision represent themselves. Over the course of the three days, Judas begins to understand Jesus’ meaning. The second part of the book deals with the secret knowledge passed from Jesus to Judas. The nature of the secret knowledge about creation is written from a Gnostic point of view. At the end of the second part, Jesus informs Judas that Judas…

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    there is no other God beside me” (SB John, pg. 299, paragraph 29-32). Yaltaboath eventually creates along with his Archons the first man and names him Adam. The body, however, remains inanimate until the other Aeons, in their plan to rectify Sophia’s mistake, trick Yaltaboath into giving Adam life by giving him a divine spark (SB John, pg. 303-304, paragraph 37 -39). This creation myth greatly differs from the creation myth as told in Genesis. From the understanding of the text, Gnostics…

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    that Jesus, in his christological role, was both temporal and atemporal, finite and infinite, the embodiment of the Father [sic] and the Son [sic]. Further, Jesus, as the Christ, is understood to be a mold-breaker. The mold was the Law to Melito (or, more accurately, the teaching found in Torah). Under that teaching, sacrifice was good and necessary, but became an empty shell, powerless and lifeless, after the death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus, in effect, shattered the mold of Temple…

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    Letter To Clement Summary

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    The letter to Theodore by Clement claims the pollution of ‘the sacred meaning’ of the secret book of Mark took place because of a supposed ‘copied text’ that told shameful lies that was developed by the Carpocratians. This group was mainly prominent in the second century and was known to be one of the most scandalous of the Gnostic sects, an early and extreme variance that claimed to be Christian. Their teachings centered on the belief that only by committing all possible sexual acts could a…

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    Essay On Irenaeus

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    Irenaeus was born in second century Smyrna and was a student of Polycarp who in turn was a student of St. John the Evangelist. Eventually made bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, Irenaeus is considered by some to be the Church's first systematic theologian. He primary opponents were the Gnostics who claimed a greater spiritual knowledge and believed the material world to be evil. As such, they asserted that Christ could not have been fully man. Rather, he either only appeared to be or else controlled…

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