This work covers the relationship of Gnostic mysticism to the inner teachings of Plato, the insights of Valentinus, Basilden, Bardaisan and others, magical meanings of talismanic gems, the spiritual glory of Alexandria and the Gnostic essence of the Christian message.
If any group, which shared in the Christian mystery, possessed the esoteric secrets of the early Church, it was the Gnostics.
This order preserved to the end the high ethical and rational standards which confer honor upon a teaching. The Church therefore attacked Gnosticism vigorously and relentlessly, recognizing these mystical philosophers as being the most formidable adversaries to the temporal power of Christian theology.
This is a must for all those intrigued by this popular subject.
Illustrated with Gnostic artifacts.
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