Gnosticism as Platonism: With Special Reference to Marsanes (NHC 10,1)

@article{Pearson1984GnosticismAP,
  title={Gnosticism as Platonism: With Special Reference to Marsanes (NHC 10,1)},
  author={Birger Albert Pearson},
  journal={Harvard Theological Review},
  year={1984},
  volume={77},
  pages={55 - 72}
}
  • B. Pearson
  • Published 1 January 1984
  • Philosophy
  • Harvard Theological Review
From ancient times it has been averred that the Gnostics derived their basic ideas from the Greek philosophers, especially Pythagoras and Plato. For example, Irenaeus (Adv. haer. 2.14) argued that the Valentinian Gnostics borrowed their doctrines of the pleroma and kenoma from Democritus and Plato. Hippolytus (Ref. 1.11), more systematically, tried to show that the founders of the Gnostic heresies borrowed most of their ideas from Greek philosophy and religion. The Valentinian brand of gnosis… 
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