Gnostic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj gnostic possessing intellectual or esoteric knowledge of spiritual things
    • adj Gnostic of or relating to Gnosticism "Gnostic writings"
    • n Gnostic an advocate of Gnosticism
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gnostic Knowing; wise; shrewd. "I said you were a gnostic fellow."
    • Gnostic (Eccl. Hist) Of or pertaining to Gnosticism or its adherents; as, the Gnostic heresy.
    • n Gnostic (Eccl. Hist) One of the so-called philosophers in the first ages of Christianity, who claimed a true philosophical interpretation of the Christian religion. Their system combined Oriental theology and Greek philosophy with the doctrines of Christianity. They held that all natures, intelligible, intellectual, and material, are derived from the Deity by successive emanations, which they called Eons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gnostic nos′tik (theol.) one of a sect in the beginning of the Christian era which maintained that knowledge (gnōsis) and not faith (pistis) was the way of salvation, allegorised away the great facts of Christ's person and work, and represented individual life as the result of a process of emanation from the original essence
    • adj Gnostic having knowledge: knowing, cunning: pertaining to the Gnostics
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. gnosticus, Gr. good at knowing, sagacious; as a n., man that claims to have a deeper wisdom, fr. gignw`skein to know: cf. F. gnostique,. See Know

Usage

In literature:

It is difficult to learn a great deal about the Gnostics, but some of their beliefs are known.
"The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races" by Sanger Brown, II
To the Gnostics we owe the earliest examples of our sacred images.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
These were probably the Basilidian gnostics.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
The Gnostics and their Remains, Ancient and Mediaeval, by C. W. King, M. A., Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.
"Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions" by T. W. Doane
The next phase involves its interpretation by the Gnostic movement.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
The letters relate to the condemnation of certain Gnostic views.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
To put it more courteously: gnosticism, theosophy, or mysticism?
"The Scarlet Banner" by Felix Dahn
To the Gnostic the things of the world are worthless; they are to him matters of indifference.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
BARDESA'NES, a Syrian Gnostic, poet, astrologer, and philosopher, born 154 or 164 at Edessa, died 222.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
That's the gnostic wink, Mrs Slee, and means too much.
"The Parson O' Dumford" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

Said the Gnostic Skeleton
The Human Form's divine
Said the Moral Majority skeleton
No it's not it's mine
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
But in that age-long sleep have waned
A myriad gods, or fled:
Olympic altars are disdained
And Gnostic Wisdom dead.
"Dominions Of The Boundary" by Bernard O Dowd
For what to Vandals or to Huns,
When Rome's red lips were ripe,
Were calm Hellenic Shining Ones,
Or Gnostic Archetype?
"Dominions Of The Boundary" by Bernard O Dowd

In news:

To support their doctrines, some Gnostics were claiming a succession of teachers going back to an apostle .
In the face of such authoritative-sounding claims, how could Christians know that what the Gnostics taught was wrong and what their own pastor taught was right.
The Discovery and Significance of the Nag Hammadi Gnostic Library by John Dart Harper and Row, 154 pp.
And perhaps closer than many latter-day Gnostics would like to think, as well.
Scholars have commonly approached such noncanonical texts as the Nag Hammadi writings by assuming that they presuppose a particular worldview known as Gnosticism .
She was one of several religious-studies students of that era whose interest in the Gnostics was sparked by increased access to a treasure trove of ancient writings that had been discovered.
These "non-canonical" books, also known as the Gnostic gospels , include the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Philip and the recently published Gospel of Judas.
The Little Prince, Disenchantment, and the Pathos of Gnosticism.
Fashion's High Priestess of Gnosticism.
Havel 's 'Respect for Mystery' versus the Techno-Gnostics.
He helped to translate the Gospel of Judas and is credited with bringing to light the work of Gnostic authors, whose beliefs were once dismissed as heresy.
In the centuries immediately following Jesus' death, European civilization was fairly nonexistent and Christianity was just one of a number of religions vying for followers with the likes of Mithraism, Baalism, and Gnosticism.
Elaine Pagels's book repeats a winning formula: contrast the canon's controversial parts with more appealing Gnostic selections.
Gnostics offer an unorthodox view of Jesus.
This mysterious poem, discovered among the gnostic manuscripts at Nag Hammadi, is narrated by a female divine revealer.
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In science:

There is a gnostic subculture of workers in quantum gravity who feel that the structure of space and time may undergo radical changes at scales of the Planck length.
Canonical Quantum Gravity and the Problem of Time
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