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Fascinating In Our Time episode on Gnosticism, The Gnostics divided the universe into two domains: the visible world and the spiritual one. They believed that a special sort of knowledge, or gnosis, would enable them to escape the evils of the physical world and allow them access to the higher spiritual realm. The Gnostics were regarded as heretics by many of the Christian Church Fathers, but their influence was important in defining the course of early Christianity. A major archaeological discovery in Egypt in the 1940s, when a large cache of Gnostic texts were found buried in an earthenware jar at Nag Hammadi, enabled scholars to learn considerably more about their beliefs.
What do I stand for, with regard to religion.In many ways, pretty much this, although that does not make me an athiest. I remain an agnostic, who accepts (but not in most cases, respects) others' rights to believe what they like, but have concerns regarding religion's place in the public domain.
I have an increasingly nuanced view on religion and am more ready than before to give credit to the upsides of Christianity, of Islam.