Gnosticism [nos-tuh-siz-uh m] ExamplesWord Origin noun Christianity.

  1. a group of ancient heresies, stressing escape from this world through the acquisition of esoteric knowledge.

Origin of Gnosticism First recorded in 1660–70; Gnostic + -ism Examples from the Web for gnosticism Historical Examples of gnosticism

  • Intellectualism and gnosticism are not confined to the church.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe

  • But Reitzenstein avoids the difficulty by appealing to Gnosticism.

    The Origin of Paul’s Religion

    J. Gresham Machen

  • Gnosticism was a mixture of Hellenic, oriental, and Christian elements.

    The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)

    Henry Osborn Taylor

  • To a certain degree it shares with Gnosticism its anti-Jewish character.

    The Christ Myth

    Arthur Drews

  • To examine the history of Gnosticism is not a tempting undertaking.

    The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6

    E. Rameur

  • British Dictionary definitions for gnosticism Gnosticism noun

    1. a religious movement characterized by a belief in gnosis, through which the spiritual element in man could be released from its bondage in matter: regarded as a heresy by the Christian Church

    Word Origin and History for gnosticism Gnosticism n.

    1660s, from Gnostic + -ism.

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