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Gnosis and the future of christian religion

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This chapter begins with a discussion on the Gospel of Truth, which is the beginning of a work from the Jung Codex. The followers of Valentinus regarded it as a fifth gospel. It has by now been established beyond doubt that the gnostic Valentinus himself wrote this work. The Gospel of Truth contains detailed reflections on Christ as the Name, that is: the essential revelation of the Unknown God. The chapter now talks about the discovery of the Gospel of Thomas, which has led young scholars in the United States to start a new quest for the historical Jesus. The Cologne Mani Codex is one of the world's smallest books. The chapter highlights that the only hope for the Christian religion is for the Roman Catholic Church to integrate Gnosis and personal religious experience. In this way it could be transformed from an authoritarian institution into a constitutional monarchy.

Keywords: Christian religion; Cologne Mani Codex; Gnosis; Gospel of Thomas; Gospel of Truth; Roman Catholic Church



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