Definition of Gnosticism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɒstɪˌsɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun]
A prominent heretical movement of the 2nd-century Christian Church, partly of pre-Christian origin. Gnostic doctrine taught that the world was created and ruled by a lesser divinity, the demiurge, and that Christ was an emissary of the remote supreme divine being, esoteric knowledge (gnosis) of whom enabled the redemption of the human spirit.
Example sentences
  • And John's gospel is certainly far removed from the full-blown Gnosticism which the later church fathers attacked as heretical.
  • I think there is a genuine analogy between the situation of the church today and the challenge Gnosticism presented to the church in the mid-second century.
  • It is true that a Logos doctrine existed in Gnosticism.

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