Gnosticism, stemming from the Latin Word Gnosis which means “knowledge”, is the belief in the First Principle, which produces emanations that become more and more corrupt, eventually producing an emanation called Sophia. Sophia produces Yahweh, who then creates matter and in turn creates humanity through Adam. This world, however is extremely corrupt due to the nature of Yahweh, a lesser god that has emanated from the First Principle, and due to its creation through matter,...
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...hristianity that is seen today.
The Gnostic Conflict influenced church history into the culture it is today through spurring much of the intellectual foundations of faith, making claims in the subordinationism of the trinity and the incarnation of Christ, as well as producing some of the first sects in Christianity through Marion. The Gnostic controversy was the necessary opposition to Christian thought throughout early Christianity. The anti-traditional thought that ran through the Gnostics would eventually cause many of the difficult questions in Christianity to be brought to light, allowing major change within the religion both logically and systemically. Without the Gnostic conflict, the ideas brought on through Apollinaris and Arius would have taken hundreds of years to develop and would then be more difficult to accept as the time of Jesus because more distant.
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