Some scholars see
Gnosticism as a "Church within the Church" -- a heretical movement that blended easily into normative Christianity until it was recognized and rooted out. Others argue that early Christianity began as a
mystery religion whose esoteric, core doctrines were branded as Gnostic heresy only after Christianity became co-opted by the Constantinian state. We'll examine these two theses through an examination of the
The Gospel of Philip, and
The Secret Gospel of Mark.
Discussion Moderator: John Gustav-Wrathall, Adjunct Professor, United Theological Seminary