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The word itself is derived from the Greek eis meaning into or within. According to most dictionaries the word means simply something taught to the few or initiated: it is elements of secrecy and inner traditions associated with it. The esoteric elements of the world are those books you read where you know there is more depth. The teaching of secret societies and the many layers of understanding. The hidden truths of the Bible and other religious texts. Wisdom literature. Mystery religions and of course the Gnostics. Philip Gardner, The Ark, The Shroud & Mary, documentary & book
The Gnostic Gospels are a collection of religious writings from the second and third centuries. Lee Strobel, The Case for Christ, documentary & book
There once existed a third major strand of Christianity. They were called Gnostic Christians. Ian Wilson, Jesus: The Evidence III, ITV 1984
Three main strands had emerged: Jewish Christianity centred on Jerusalem, Gentile Christianity in Asia Minor and Greece, and Gnostic Christianity in Egypt and parts of Syria. ibid.
Somehow, Gnosticism lost the battle. ibid.
These were individuals who sought knowledge ... People who sought a higher level of knowledge – the secrets, the mysteries of the universe. Kenneth Hanson, author Secrets from the Lost Bible
In 1945 at Nag Hamadi, Egypt, a cache of Gnostic writings was found. The texts were probably hidden there after being declared heretical by the early Church. Banned from the Bible: Secrets of the Apostles, History 2012
A tenet of Gnosticism was that the physical world was a barrier that had to be overcome. This notion and not the Bible’s traditional thirty pieces of silver was the motivation of Judas in betraying his friend. ibid.
But the early Church did not tolerate diversity. The Gnostics were just one of the early Christian sects that were suppressed, persecuted and eventually all but wiped out. ibid.
The Gospel of Judas makes an important contribution to our knowledge of second-century Gnosticism. And I’m glad it has been made available and not lost. Dr Craig Evans, Arcadia Divinity College, Canada
The Gnostics were followers of Jesus who claimed to have secret knowledge. Bible Secrets Revealed III: The Forbidden Scriptures, History 2013
Let those persons who blaspheme the Creator as do all the falsely so-called Gnostics be recognised as agents of Satan by all who worship God. Irenaeus
Then Jesus said, ‘Behold, Father, she wanders the earth pursued by evil. Far from thy Breath she is going astray. She is trying to flee bitter Chaos, and does not know how she is to escape. Send me forth, O Father, therefore, and I, bearing the seal shall descend and wander all Aeons through, all mysteries reveal. I shall manifest the forms of the gods and teach them the secrets of the holy way which I call Gnosis.’ Naassene Psalm
The early Christian Church fathers who became orthodox, who represented the point of view that became dominant within Christianity, saw Gnostics as very dangerous, and they wrote a number of books against them, presumably because they were very popular. Bart D Ehrman, author The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot
And he [John] defines them [Anti-Christs] in terms of the those who deny the humanity of Jesus. So we can see this writing is against the backdrop of the developing Gnostic version of Christianity. Dr Ronald Farmer, Dean Wallace All Faiths Chapel
It’s not clear how many Gnostic Christians existed in the first three centuries of Christianity. But they were a large minority. Rivals of Jesus, National Geographic 2006
It has been difficult to pin down the features that make a work Gnostic and the features that make it simply something different from what we know today as orthodox Christianity but not necessarily Gnostic. Michael Williams, Rethinking Gnosticism: an Argument for Dismantling a Dubious Category, The Missing Gospels, 1996
Gnosticism has always been the primary driver behind the new world order. Proof NWO & Illuminati are Real and History is a Lie, Youtube
What did the Gnostics believe about her [Mary Magdalene] that made them a target of Rome. Jesus Conspiracies s1e1: Mary Magdalene, Discovery 2016