--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Peter <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
> --- uns_tressor <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Peter
> > <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > >
> > > The gnostic tradition of the Christian church was
> > > almost utterly crushed-out by the 400AD.
> > 
> > Intriguing. What happened?
> > Uns.
> Elaine Pagels writes about it in "The Gnostic
> Gospels". With the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls
> and the Nag Hammadi Library, it's become clear that
> the first few 100 years after Christ's death that
> there were two Christian traditions. One was
> experiential, the Gnostic, and the other is what
> survives today.  To find out more about it, Pagels is
> a good place to start. She's a serious, academic
> researcher. Why the gnostic tradition died out is open
> to hypothesis, but the direct experiential realization
> of Christ was replaced by conceptual dogma.

There's also a pretty good Wikipedia article on


According to the article, the Gnostic tradition
is generally believed to predate Christianity,
although some scholars disagree.

There's an active Gnostic Usenet newsgroup,

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