(7 pp) Knowledge has always fascinated Man, his
curious nature prods him to seek it, often only
to find out that he lacks the virtue to use it.
In a very true sense knowledge is in fact
power; this seems to be an unalterable constant
whether in the ancient world or today. What we
are about to investigate in this article is the
"Gnostic" religion. Their appeal is a simple
one. In a turbulent and unpredictable ancient
world, at a time when Man felt that he was but a
puppet in the hands of fortune, the Gnostics
proclaimed aloud: "Come to us and we will
enlighten you with Knowledge that will give you
the power to be in charge of your destiny!"
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