History UsefulNotes / Gnosticism

4th May '17 2:09:32 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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** The Gospel of Judas has Jesus specifically instructing Judas to betray him, and Judas {{Wangst}}ing about it.

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** The Gospel of Judas has Judas as the only one who really understood what Jesus meant and Jesus specifically instructing Judas to betray him, and Judas {{Wangst}}ing about it.



* CessationOfExistance: The Gospel of Judas says that this will be the fate of the Hylics, since they're TheSoulless.



* HeManWomanHater: Gnostic opinion of femininity varies. Some groups held it equal to maleness, but those who presented it as negative tended to comically do so.

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* HeManWomanHater: Gnostic opinion of femininity varies. Some groups held it equal to maleness, but those who presented it as negative tended to comically do so. The Gospel of Thomas is a good example of the latter- it ends with Jesus saying that women had to make themselves male to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.


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* TheSoulless: A good deal of humanity are Hylics, who have no souls are merely part of the physical universe.
29th Apr '17 4:22:15 PM infernape612
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** Special mention goes to [[spoiler:''VideoGame/Persona5'', whose final boss is Yaldabaoth, the Demiurge]], and [[spoiler:''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', which all but outright confirms that YHVH is the Demiurge to the Great Will's True God]].

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** Special mention goes to [[spoiler:''VideoGame/Persona5'', whose ''VideoGame/Persona5'', [[spoiler:where the final boss is Yaldabaoth, the Demiurge]], Demiurge, and [[spoiler:''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', which the protagonist's Ultimate Persona is Satanael, the Gnostic equivalent of Satan]], and ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', [[spoiler:which all but outright confirms that YHVH is the Demiurge to the Great Will's True God]].
23rd Apr '17 11:58:42 AM Dravencour
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* Elven religious beliefs in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' universe take a lot from Gnostic beliefs, specifically the belief that elvenkind is trapped in a world made by Lorkhan, a demiurge-like figure that tricked the elves into giving up their divinity and trapped them in material mortal forms. The fact that Lorkhan is also the God of Man means that a lot of elves do not like humans.
8th Apr '17 2:23:31 AM valar55
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** Special mention goes to [[spoiler:''VideoGame/Persona5'', whose final boss is Yaldabaoth, the Demiurge]], and [[spoiler:''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTensei4Apocalypse'', which all but outright confirms that YHVH is the Demiurge to the Great Will's True God]].

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** Special mention goes to [[spoiler:''VideoGame/Persona5'', whose final boss is Yaldabaoth, the Demiurge]], and [[spoiler:''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTensei4Apocalypse'', [[spoiler:''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', which all but outright confirms that YHVH is the Demiurge to the Great Will's True God]].
1st Apr '17 4:03:55 AM Doug86
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%%* Pretty much anything by CormacMcCarthy, especially Literature/BloodMeridian.

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%%* Pretty much anything by CormacMcCarthy, Creator/CormacMcCarthy, especially Literature/BloodMeridian.
30th Mar '17 11:58:44 PM crashkey
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%%* Creator/GrantMorrison, ComicBook/TheInvisibles

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%%* Creator/GrantMorrison, ComicBook/TheInvisibles* Creator/GrantMorrison loves this.
** One arc of ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' features what are basically gnostics from another dimension, the Cult of the Unwritten Book, who have their very own ''de''creator. Later on, the Shadowy Mr. Evans outright calls God Yaldabaoth.
** In ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'', the antagonists are called archons and represent order.



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%%* ''Film/TheMatrix''

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%%* ''Film/TheMatrix''* ''Film/TheMatrix'' is a modernization of the idea of the physical world being an illusion, which became a popular TropeCodifier in America, making it indirectly responsible for a lot of gnostic themes' proliferation today.



%%* Anything written by Creator/JorgeLuisBorges, CarlJung, Creator/WilliamBlake, Creator/UmbertoEco and Creator/HermannHesse, whose novel ''Demian'' is what the egg speech in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' was [[ShoutOut borrowed from]].

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%%* %% * Anything written by Creator/JorgeLuisBorges, CarlJung, Creator/WilliamBlake, Creator/UmbertoEco and Creator/UmbertoEco
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Creator/HermannHesse, whose novel ''Demian'' is what the egg speech in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' was [[ShoutOut borrowed from]].from]]. The whole novel is more or less a dissertation on questioning popular religion's philosophy.



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* The ''Website/SCPFoundation'': The storylines about the Church of the Broken God and the Sarkic Cults are ''heavily'' based around this; the former being a sort of technological gnosticism with a dispersed god, with the latter being flesh-obsessed cultists whose god is, yes, outright called Yaldabaoth.



%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' isn't above moving into Gnostic territory on rare occasions. ''Rare'' occasions, mind you.

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%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' isn't above moving into Gnostic territory on rare occasions. ''Rare'' occasions, mind you.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', believe it or not. [[spoiler:Specifically the "Man Upstairs" plot, when it fully enters the stage.]]
17th Mar '17 7:01:49 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* OriginalMan: Some discourses describe the original human race as already dwelling among the worlds of light with the aeons while man on Earth is just a copy the demiurge made when he saw one of them and did not understand what he was looking at. Since Manichean religion is often grouped with Gnostic religion it is worth noting that Mani's original man was created by God to defend creation from the {{Anti God}}'s invading forces. Modern man is an accidental result of the {{Anti god}}'s invasion. You may be an inferior copy/thing that should not be, but Jesus loves you anyway.

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* OriginalMan: Some discourses describe the original human race as already dwelling among the worlds of light with the aeons while man on Earth is just a copy the demiurge made when he saw one of them and did not understand what he was looking at. Since Manichean religion is often grouped with Gnostic religion it is worth noting that Mani's original man was created by God to defend creation from the {{Anti God}}'s TheAntiGod's invading forces. Modern man is an accidental result of the {{Anti god}}'s TheAntiGod's invasion. You may be an inferior copy/thing that should not be, but Jesus loves you anyway.
17th Mar '17 6:41:50 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* {{Demonization}}: To Platonists the Demiurge was a perfect image of the supreme good and the archetype of all existing things. Any perceived imperfections in the work based off of it were just natural decay as things got further away from the source and this decay was not impossible to correct. They were not amused by most gnostic teachings of an evil Demiurge and the universe it made as a CrapsackWorld, especially Plontinus who pioneered much of the cosmology.

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* {{Demonization}}: {{Demonization}}
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To Platonists the Demiurge was a perfect image of the supreme good and the archetype of all existing things. Any perceived imperfections in the work based off of it were just natural decay as things got further away from the source and this decay was not impossible to correct. They were not amused by most gnostic teachings of an evil Demiurge and the universe it made as a CrapsackWorld, especially Plontinus who pioneered much of the cosmology.


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** The archons are most obviously this to angels, what with many sharing names, but that they can also be read as "powers" brings to mind the netjeru or "godly powers", which is what ancient Kemet/Egypt called the heads of its pantheon and Demiurge was an alternate name of Ptah, who was the supreme god of Mennefer/Memphis when it was capital. Egypt was often mocked in Gnostic writings so it's doubtful this is all coincidental.
10th Mar '17 6:29:49 AM LondonKdS
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%%* Literature/{{Discworld}}

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%%* Literature/{{Discworld}}* Literature/{{Discworld}}: Creator/TerryPratchett explicitly, in a LemonyNarrator moment in ''Literature/SmallGods'', compares the actual state of things in Discworld (where gods are mostly created and sustained by human belief, although the stupider ones don't realise this) to "the good old Gnostic heresy, which tends to turn up all over the multiverse whenever men get up off their knees and start thinking for two minutes together, although the shock of the sudden altitude tends to mean the thinking is a little whacked."




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* The novel ''Flicker'' by Theodore Roszak is an unusual example of a modern work that depicts Gnostics as outright villains. The novel's Gnostics are an AncientConspiracy, who briefly went overground as the Cathars, who believe that to liberate humans' souls from the grip of the Demiurge humanity must [[OmnicidalManiac cease to exist]]. However, as their moral principles block them from actually killing people, they attempt to put this into practice by seeding popular culture with subliminal and later overt messages that aim to convince people that the universe is meaningless and subconsciously suppress their libidos, both discouraging breeding in the hope that humanity will die out.
* Roz Kaveney's ''Rhapsody of Blood'' UrbanFantasy series is strongly influenced by Gnosticism, although in a variant form where Yahweh and Satan are old friends and both [[KnightTemplar Knights Templar]], who started as humans and, on becoming gods, tried to become top gods to genuinely help and protect humanity, but got lost in their roles.
27th Feb '17 12:51:27 PM MoonKitten
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%%* ''TabletopGame/{{KULT}}''

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%%* * ''TabletopGame/{{KULT}}''


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