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By Philip J. Lee

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ISBN-13: 9780195040678

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Because the discovery of unique gnostic records at Nag Hammadi in 1945, many students have famous a well-known presence inside this historic heresy. to a couple authors the most positive aspects of gnosticism--belief in a mystery revelation on hand in simple terms to an initiated elite, rejection of the actual global, and get away into the self--seemed comparable to sleek cult teams and secular pursuits. even though, Philip Lee, noting that the majority of the early gnostics have been firmly ensconced in the Church, locates glossy gnosticism in the Protestant institution itself. "As a Protestant, i feel i've got pointed out the elusive smooth gnostics and they're ourselves," he writes. during this penetrating and provocative overview of the present kingdom of faith and its impact on values in society at huge, Lee criticizes conservatives and liberals alike as he lines gnostic motifs to the very roots of yank Protestantism. With references to a rare spectrum of writings from assets as various as John Calvin, Martin Buber, Tom Wolfe, Margaret Atwood and Emily Dickinson between many others, he probes the results of gnostic pondering on concerns 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 ebook issues to optimistic methods of restoring overall healthiness 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 nuclear family.

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And if the self we discover is filled only with gnosis and void of love, will the reflected One not be the same? The Church could not help but be frightened by this extreme individualization of the faith, especially by the promise that the true God is to be discovered by an inner spiritual journey. Nothing could have been further from biblical religion. 83 In reattaching these separate monads to humanity and to nature, one of the key strategies of orthodoxy would again be dependence on the Old Testament.

29 Nor in the New Testament is there the slightest embarassment in regard to the Creation. 30 The firm tie between Christ and Creation established in the prologue to John's Gospel has already been mentioned. The same bond is affirmed by the author of Ephesians when he describes the apostolic mission, "to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who 18 Gnosticism as a Heresy created all things. "31 The Christ event is a further chapter in the overall plan of the Creator-God.

But have not love, I am nothing. . as for tongues \glossai], they will cease; as for knowledge \gnosis] it will pass away. " 7 In a similar vein, it seems that I John is an answer to a heretical movement in the Church which has offered the pure love of God as an alternative to the difficult demands of communal life. Against those who claim already to have escaped from this world's problems, the Johannine author writes: ro If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

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