Heresy

VOL 3; ISSUE 1

01/01/1994

Gnosticism

Friday, 17 Aug 2007

The Gnostic revival draws many people into its wake--from the secularists who just want to make money to pay for things that will allow them to escape life's realities, to the fundamentalists who exchange earthly responsibility for speculations on the end-times.
Like the ancient Gnostics faced by the early church, society today has adopted an escapist, anti-materialistic, anti-intellectual, anti-institutional, anti-sacramental spirituality. This is as true for non-Christians, with New York business executives attending New Age seminars taught by Stanford instructors. Both the past and the future are perceived as irrelevant intrusions into the present moment of what Schaeffer called "personal peace and affluence." People want to escape reality and create their own. This tendency has been evident both in the secular, Greek strain of Western history (Platonism, Neoplatonism, etc.) and in the religious adaptations of that ...

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