Glossary Gnosticism / Term


While this word literally refers to the belief that legal precepts are no longer applicable to a " saved" individual, it has come to be used in regards to any libertine doctrines in common parlance concerning Gnosticism. Thus the groups that are experiential rather than ascetic have been referred to as antinomian. While it is pretty obvious that the "any thing goes" ideas that have been ascribed to Gnostics like Carpocrates and Corinthus are off mark, the inverse theories that some scholars have forwarded are also unlikely. Truth is more likely closer to the center in that while there have been movements that place an emphasis on experience (semi-libertine), and others on separation (semi-ascetic), neither sets of ideas were necessarily mutually exclusive.

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