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This category is for information on ancient Gnosticism and the history of Gnosticism. Relevant sites include the examination of ancient Gnostic texts, information on ancient Gnostics such as Marcion, and the description of ancient Gnostic ideas. Any sites of a devotional nature or relating to modern beliefs are not appropriate for this category.
Concerning any of the ancient documents related to Gnosis and the various Gnostic traditions.
This area is suitable for sites which argue in support of Gnosticism.
Apologetics (apol-o-get-ics): (1) systematic argumentative discourse in defense (as of a doctrine); (2) a branch of theology devoted to the defense of the divine origin and authority of Christianity. 1999 by Merriam-Webster, Inc. -- The word "apologetics" comes from the Greek word "apologia", which means, roughly, "a verbal defense, a speech in defense." Thus, the famous defense which Socrates gave of himself before the people of Athens is recorded in one of Plato's dialogues called "The Apology." The word "apologia" occurs in the Greek New Testament in the following passages: Acts 22:1 & 25:16; 1 Corinthians 9:3; 2 Corinthians 7:11; Philippians 1:7, 16; 2 Timothy 4:16; 1 Peter 3:15. Generally, apologetics is that discipline which seeks to provide a rational defense of the truth of a given system of belief. People who practice apologetics are called apologists or apologetes. Systems of belief as diverse as Christianity, Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses, and atheism can all have their own versions of apologetics. Gnostic apologetics, then, is that branch of Gnostic theology which seeks to provide a rational defense of the truth of the Gnostic faith. (adapted from THE APOLOGETICS LIST, found at http://home.earthlink.net/~vantillian/ )
This category is for information on modern Essene beliefs and modern Essenes. Information on the writers of the Dead Sea Scrolls is better placed in another category such as Society/Religion_and_Spirituality/Judaism/History/Dead_Sea_Scrolls.
The ancient Essenes were not actually Gnostics, but there are connections between modern Gnosticism and modern Essenism. In any case, this category is for information on modern Essene beliefs and modern Essenes.
The Mandaeans are a sect that has existed for over 1000 years and which revere John the Baptist. This category is for all sites related to the Mandaeans, ancient or modern.

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