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Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2002 17:25:02 +0000 (GMT)
From: Josh Geller 
Subject: RE: (urth) Gnostic Wolfe vs CE Wolfe

On Mon, 28 Oct 2002, Dan'l Danehy-Oakes wrote:

> A few fussy points for philosophical clarity.

>>>> Gnostics (as far as we know) weren't all that pessimistic, really.

>> Modern ones generally aren't.

>>>> Compared to doctrines like Sheol and predestination, Gnostics were
>>>> positively euphoric.

> Actually, one common meaning, and _the_ basic philosophical
> meaning, of "pessimism" is very much in line with Gnostic
> doctrine; see definition 2a. below (from
> www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary):

You're talking about Gnosticism as if all Gnostics think and believe

This is not the case.



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