Knowledge of spiritual mysteries;
esoteric mystical knowledge.
Greek. From gnosis, knowledge


Gnosticism is the teaching based on
Gnosis, the knowledge of transcendence arrived at by way of interior, intuitive means.
Although Gnosticism thus rests on personal religious experience, it is a mistake to assume all such experience results in Gnostic recognition.
It is nearer the truth to say that Gnosticism expresses a specific religious experience, an experience that does not lend itself to the language of theology or philosophy, but which is instead with a close affinity to, and expresses itself through, the medium of myth.
Indeed, one finds that most Gnostic scriptures take the forms of myths.
The term "myth" should not here be taken to mean "stories that are not true", but rather, that the truths embodied in these myths are of a different order from the dogmas of theology or the statements of philosophy.

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