This is the theme of Harold Bloom's book, "The American Religion." He means that
we believe we have a body of knowledge not known to the body of Christians in
general. I'd suggest reading his book for more information.

"John W. Redelfs" wrote:

> I recently heard Mormonism referred to as American gnosticism.   What does
> that mean?  Does it mean salvation through the acquiring of secret
> knowledge?  And if that is so, are we not modern gnostics?  For we are
> taught that gospel knowledge is the most important kind of knowledge and we
> call our temples a "house of learning."  We go there to learn things that
> cannot even be discussed outside the temple.  We learn line upon line,
> precept upon precept until we have learned... what?  And if this knowledge
> not available to every person sitting in the Ketchikan Ward Elder's quorum,
> if all of the saving ordinances are not available except to those who have
> mastered some esoteric temple knowledge, does that not make us gnostics?
> I am asking this out of genuine ignorance.  In other words, it is not a
> rhetorical question.  I am not asking as a method of teaching.  I would
> like to know the answers to these questions.
> John W. Redelfs                       [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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> "I can image a world without war, a world without fear, a
> world  without hate.  And I can picture us attacking that
> world, because they'd never expect it.' --Jack Handy
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> All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR
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Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“We do not think that there is an incompatibility between words and deeds; the
worst thing is to rush into action before the consequences have been properly
debated…To think of the future and wait was merely another way of saying one was
a coward; any idea of moderation was just an attempt to disguise one’s unmanly
character; ability to understand a question from all sides meant that one was
totally unfitted for action.” – Pericles about his fellow-Athenians, as quoted by
Thucydides in “The Peloponessian Wars”

Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the author
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