28 12 10 - 07:38All really influential words get a lowercase version and an uppercase one. I don't know what Gnosticism is, because I'm sure the people who want power are still fighting over the "official" definition, but gnosticism makes two points among others that are quite clear:
(1) If an all-powerful order pervades reality, it is like a fractal or other pattern that repeats on the micro- and macro-levels. This means it is inescapable and pre-dates us; we are manifestations of it, not the other way around. And if the bigger pattern correlates to the smaller, it means that we as parts of it are as persistent as it is, whether as archetypes, incarnates or individuals.
(2) If reality has a source of creation, which we assume is Good, then we must realize that Evil is not only a product of the same, but serves a role toward the maintenance of Good. While this blows our minds, natural metaphors may help: without predators, silly mice outbreed their supply and drown in overpopulation. Without twisted sick pervert criminals, we lose our ability to kill the bad and protect the good.
Were these two thoughts fully assimilated into Christianity, replacing its nihilism (no meaning outside God, a symbol for the whole that by its very nature appears to be a part within the whole; in language, to noun something is to separate it from the rest) which leads to the insane liberalism of Jesus Christ, who died in pain but at least he DID THE RIGHT THING, GOD DAMN IT!, then we might be able to truly enjoy Christianity. Of course, it would be a Manowar version of Christianity, full of war and murder of the "disadvantaged" while the Down's syndrome kids, ignored, starve in burning hovels. But maybe that's the kind of maturity this self-obsessed species needs.