Gnosticism facts for kids
Gnosticism comes from the Greek: gnosis which means knowledge.
This is because these religions believe that there is a special, hidden knowledge that only a few people may have.
There are two problems finding out a lot about believers in gnosticism:
- Most Gnostic teachings were secret or hidden (occult);
- Most of what we know about Gnostics come from attacks written by non-Gnostic Christians.
The real God who is good, is distant and not easy to know. In order to get free from the material world, a person has to get gnosis. That is the special secret knowledge given only to a few special people.
Some Gnostic groups saw Jesus as sent by the supreme being, to bring gnosis to the Earth.
Images for kids
A lion-faced deity found on a Gnostic gem in Bernard de Montfaucon's L'antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures may be a depiction of the Demiurge; however, cf. Mithraic Zervan Akarana
Manichean priests writing at their desks, with panel inscription in Sogdian. Manuscript from Khocho, Tarim Basin.
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