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    The Gnostics.

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    (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!" Bibliography lists 9 sources.

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    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!" Bibliography lists 9  sources. BBgnstcR.doc THE GNOSTICS Written by B. Bryan Babcock for the Paperstore,  Inc., November 2000 Introduction 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. According to Mikhail (1998), their appeal was  a simple one - they would provide man with Knowledge, and allow him "to control his own destiny When discussing the Gnostics it is important to realize that we  are not just speaking about a singular group of people, but in fact many widely varying groups who fit under this title due to a common set  of beliefs. It is necessary to consider Early Christianity in the discussion as well, for, according to Groothius (2000) the two religions often collided in the first four 

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