By Philip J. Lee
Because the discovery of unique gnostic files at Nag Hammadi in 1945, many students have well-known a well-known presence inside this old heresy. to a couple authors the most good points of gnosticism--belief in a mystery revelation on hand in basic terms to an initiated elite, rejection of the actual international, and get away into the self--seemed such as glossy cult teams and secular hobbies. even if, Philip Lee, noting that the majority of the early gnostics have been firmly ensconced in the Church, locates sleek gnosticism in the Protestant institution itself. "As a Protestant, i think i've got pointed out the elusive sleek gnostics and they're ourselves," he writes. during this penetrating and provocative evaluation of the present nation of faith and its influence on values in society at huge, Lee criticizes conservatives and liberals alike as he strains gnostic motifs to the very roots of yankee Protestantism. With references to a rare spectrum of writings from resources as various as John Calvin, Martin Buber, Tom Wolfe, Margaret Atwood and Emily Dickinson between many others, he probes the consequences of gnostic pondering on matters starting from politics to feminism, from ecology to parenthood. the moral ramifications of one of these gnostic flip were adverse and scary, he continues. The e-book issues to optimistic methods of restoring wellbeing and fitness to endangered Protestant church buildings. Calling for the recovery of a dialectical religion and perform, Lee deals an time table for reform, together with a renewal of obedience to the scriptures and an confirmation of existence and production in the circle of the .
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29 Saving knowledge pertains to the secret trick of employing divine help against the Creation and therefore against the Creator Himself. As Quispel puts it in regard to Valentinian gnosis, "The Valentinian mystique opposes nature to grace, the human psyche to the transcendent soul, and the world to God. "30 This radical opposition denies the possibility of the present world being an acceptable environment for humanity on any terms. It is generally accepted that gnosticism is a world-denying faith and that it inevitably leads to escapism.
Ignorance of the Father," states the Gospel of Truth, "brought about anguish and terror. And the anguish grew solid like a fog so that no one was able to see. "42 With this understanding of the problem, mea culpa having been replaced by mea ignorantia, the function of the Gospel becomes solely that of enlightening the soul concerning what previously has been hidden. God the Redeemer who acts in history, who led the Children of Israel out of slavery into promise, and who raised Jesus Christ from the dead has been reduced to God the Revealer who uncovers what is to be known if we are to be saved.
As Quispel puts it in regard to Valentinian gnosis, "The Valentinian mystique opposes nature to grace, the human psyche to the transcendent soul, and the world to God. "30 This radical opposition denies the possibility of the present world being an acceptable environment for humanity on any terms. It is generally accepted that gnosticism is a world-denying faith and that it inevitably leads to escapism. What is not always recognized is that before there can be a deliberate escape from the real world into an alternately designed world, there first must be a deliberate escape from the real God to an alternately designed God.