Gnostic Christianity Part II

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
Pauline Epistles,
The Gospel of Philip, and
The Secret Gospel of Mark.
Discussion Moderator: John Gustav-Wrathall, Adjunct Professor, United Theological Seminary

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  • Frank B.

    One of the best Meetups yet.

    December 16, 2009

  • Jeff G.

    Sorry to miss this yet again! I need to renegotiate "date" night! Or change the definition of "date" to include a lively discussion. :)

    December 14, 2009

  • Frank B.

    I've always been intrigued by the realization that there's always been an entire sub-theology of the early Bible that was banned by the early Church -- from the Apocryphal Gospels to the just discovered original text of The Gospel of Judas (whoa!). This "2-Parter" on the Gnostic Texts, and how their exclusion (or inclusion) from the Bible might have affected our society's entire Christian and modern spiritual philosophies, should be among our most fascinating Secular Bible Study topics.

    November 25, 2009

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