Gnosis/Gnosticism(8,424 words)

I. Religious Studies – II. Christianity – III. Philosophy – IV. Judaism – V. Islam

I. Religious Studies

Gnosis (Gk γνῶσις/gnṓsis, “knowledge”) is a particular form of religious knowledge that brings salvation per se. It is not dependent on a particular object but has its value and its justification in itself. It is total knowledge, since it overcomes the dichotomy between subject and object – in fact every dichotomy –, because it is abso…

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"Gnosis/Gnosticism." Religion Past and Present. Brill Online, 2015. Reference. 28 March 2015 <>
First appeared online: 2011
First Print Edition: isbn: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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