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Originally posted by NakashThat's an oxymoron. Gnosticism has nothing to do with Christianity, it's Neoplatonic Philosophy with a veneer of mystery religion. It's an ideology which developed centuries after Jesus Christ (or at least became popular much after his life, though the core was present to some degree before, ie: the Manichaens, Zoroastrians, etc.)
Originally posted by Nygdan
Some of the gnostics texsts aren't significantly older than the non-gnostic ones though (as far as I understand it), and the gnostic sort of faith seemed to have a following similar in size to the non-gnostic one. Its not immpossible, from a non-religious point of view, that the gnostic faith was the original one.
But, as noted it does contain lots of ideas directly lifted form greek philosophical thought, ie, appears as application of greek philosophy to the core jesus myth.