When discussing theology, I've come to realize that not only is personal study of doctrine a necessary component to faith, but it is something that shouldn't be kept to oneself. I want to share my journey, both past and ongoing, into the realm of theology. Through this, I hope that you will gain insight into the Christian faith as a whole. Before reading anything else, I suggest you read the introduction and definitions (found in the pages tabs above) so you may better understand where I am coming from in everything I write. Because many of my posts are on heresies, there is also a page above with a family tree of heresies and links to all the posts I have so far on the topic.

14 March, 2013

Heresy of the Week: Carpocratianism

Sorry for the delay this week--it's been crazy!  This week's heresy combines Greek philosophy, antinomianism and maybe even magic... gotta love the Gnostics.
Carpocratianism is an early 2nd century Gnosticism sect heavily influenced by Plato. They believed that Jesus was not divine, but because His soul was “steadfast and pure” He remembered things witnessed in the sphere of the unbegotten God. Because of that “secret knowledge”, He was able to free Himself from material powers. Carpocratians believed that they, too, could transcend the material world and were not bound by Mosaic law (see Antinomianism). They believed in reincarnation and that, before their soul could return to God, they must experience every possible condition on earth (many tried to do that in a single lifetime). They were licentious, obscene and debaucherous, and many believe they practiced magic. They were very communal, holding that women and property should all be shared.

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