Old Heresy, New Heretics: The Return of Gnosticism

Thursday, 01 May 2008

For once Christians fail to defend their faith effectively, the new Gnosticism pounces, equipped with convoluted responses that many laypeople are incapable of dismantling.
Stop me if you've heard this one before. Manuscripts hidden for centuries have resurfaced unexpectedly. When their secret contents are disclosed, scholars will be forced to rewrite the history books, and the Christian church will suffer a blow from which it may never recover. (Cue the ominous and conspiratorial theme music here.) For it turns out that the New Testament's portrayal of Jesus as God incarnate whose death and resurrection redeemed mankind from sin was just one of many interpretations of the man, his life, and his teachings. Certain agenda-driven bureaucrats in the church and politicians in ...

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