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Creation (Double)
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The notion of “double creation” refers to a creation in two stages, normally axiologically degrading, the first creation being superior to the second. In “Gnosticism,” the creation of the human being is often represented as double: the intellect, soul, or spirit comes from the divine realm, while the body is molded by the Demiurge or the evil archons. Plato in his Timaeus offered a source of inspiration for such double anthropogonies: the intellect (nous), the superior part of the soul, is created by the Demi…

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Ramelli, Ilaria L.E., “Creation (Double)”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 16 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00000793>
First published online: 2018



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