Religion Past and Present

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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…

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Filoramo, Giovanni, Markschies, Christoph, Logan, Alastair H.B., Koslowski, Peter, Leicht, Reimund and Halm, Heinz, “Gnosis/Gnosticism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 30 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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