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Gnostic Spiritality in Early Christianity
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This book is about Gnostic prayers, hymns and other material from
the beginnings of Christianity. At the centre of Gnostic spirituality
stands the question of what it is to be human:
'Who were we? What have we become? where were we?
Into what have we been thrown?
Whither are we hastening? What are we freed from?
What is birth? what is rebirth?'
These key questions can be taken as a programme of the religious
feelings of Gnosticism. Here they are illustrated by texts which,
perhaps even more than contemporary material from the mainstream
church, convey the feeling and the imagination of believers from a
time long past. They give a lively impression of how Gnostics felt
about the world, and with their shimmering images and poetic symbols
attest their unique religious creativity.