Due to the influence that Gnosticism has had on popular media and Christianity itself in recent decades, an examination of the basic beliefs of the Gnostic worldview would be helpful. Core beliefs Gnosticism at no point constituted a monolith, but rather a wide variety of sects, schools and even religions from a rough period of History between the first and third centuries AD, with some exceptions that maintained an at least vaguely similar set of beliefs. These beliefs can be synthesized in four points: The material world, that is, the universe we perceive through our senses, is not the true manifestation of existence.
Posted on April 27, by Scott Alexander I.
I read it anyway on the advice of people who kept telling me it explains everything about America. And it sort of does. Different parts of the country were settled by very different groups of Englishmen with different regional backgrounds, religions, social classes, and philosophies.
The colonization process essentially extracted a single stratum of English society, isolated it from all the others, and then plunked it down on its own somewhere in the Eastern US.
I used to play Alpha Centauri, a computer game about the colonization of its namesake star system. One of the dynamics that made it so interesting was its backstory, where a Puerto Rican survivalist, an African plutocrat, and other colorful characters organized their own colonial expeditions and competed to seize territory and resources.
You got to explore not only the settlement of a new world, but the settlement of a new world by societies dominated by extreme founder effects. What kind of weird pathologies and wonderful innovations do you get when a group of overly romantic Scottish environmentalists is allowed to develop on its own trajectory free of all non-overly-romantic-Scottish-environmentalist influences?
Fischer describes four of these migrations: The Puritans I hear about these people every Thanksgiving, then never think about them again for the next days. They were a Calvinist sect that dissented against the Church of England and followed their own brand of dour, industrious, fun-hating Christianity.
Most of them were from East Anglia, the part of England just northeast of London. I knew about the Mayflower, I knew about the black hats and silly shoes, I even knew about the time Squanto threatened to release a bioweapon buried under Plymouth Rock that would bring about the apocalypse.
Much like eg Unitarians today, the Puritans were a religious group that drew disproportionately from the most educated and education-obsessed parts of the English populace.
Literacy among immigrants to Massachusetts was twice as high as the English average, and in an age when the vast majority of Europeans were farmers most immigrants to Massachusetts were skilled craftsmen or scholars.
The Puritans tried to import African slaves, but they all died of the cold.
The average family size in Waltham, Massachusetts in the s was 9. Everyone was compelled by law to live in families.
Town officials would search the town for single people and, if found, order them to join a family; if they refused, they were sent to jail. Some Puritans took pride in their learning by giving their children obscure Biblical names they would expect nobody else to have heard of, like Mahershalalhasbaz.
Still others chose Biblical words completely at random and named their children things like Maybe or Notwithstanding.
Along with the famous scarlet A for adultery, Puritans could be forced to wear a B for blasphemy, C for counterfeiting, D for drunkenness, and so on. Wasting time in Massachusetts was literally a criminal offense, listed in the law code, and several people were in fact prosecuted for it.
Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote of Massachusetts Puritanism: A typical Massachusetts week would begin in the church, which doubled as the town meeting hall.
There were no decorations except a giant staring eye on the pulpit to remind churchgoers that God was watching them. Townspeople would stand up before their and declare their shame and misdeeds, sometimes being forced to literally crawl before the other worshippers begging for forgiveness.Index ; 1 THESSALONIANS1 Thessalonians (Living Straight in a Crooked World) Signs of a Healthy Church (1 Thessalonians ) (4/30/06) BAG Genuine Faith (1 Thessalonians ) (5/14/06) BAG How to be a Faithful Witness (1 Thessalonians ) (5/21/06) BAG Living a Life That Impacts Others (1 Thessalonians ) (5/28/06) BAG Living With the Heart of Jesus 1 Thessalonians (6/4.
Bible Verses about Heaven – Peter accepted the reality of heaven – 1 Peter Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.
71 quotes from Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense: ‘Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Simply Christian Quotes (showing of 71) “When we begin to glimpse the reality of God, the natural reaction is to worship him.
Not to have that reaction is a fairly sure sign that we haven't yet really understood. This book is a page turner. Much of Christianity teaches us to hate ourselves, Manning says.
He illustrates the point by citing examples of how many leaders and teachers contribute to a legalistic concept of morality that endows God with the human attributes of vengeance and rejection/5. Redated from March I was a Christian recently enough to remember what it felt like to really believe the Creator of the universe talked to me, to really believe I would go to heaven and unbelievers would go to hell, to really believe that prayer made a difference..
It sure felt like I really believed that stuff.
And other Christians tell me they really believe that stuff, too. Christianity is NOT Morality. Morals are the acceptable behavior based on the mores of a social grouping.
Jesus did not come to give us a standardized moral code to which all should conform, but to give us His life whereby the divine character might be expressed through our behavior.