History UsefulNotes / Gnosticism

28th Sep '17 8:51:24 AM KizunaTallis
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* ''Film/WakingLife'' references Gnosticism in its last few minutes, when the main character is trapped in a dream he can't wake up from. He comes across another character who proceeds to give him advice - that living is simply the individual's constant negation of God's invitation to become one with the universe, how dreams offer a glimpse into the infinite nature of reality and that in order to be free from the illusion called life, the individual need only to accept God's invitation.
24th Aug '17 6:40:47 AM BrendanRizzo
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* CessationOfExistance: The Gospel of Judas says that this will be the fate of the Hylics, since they're TheSoulless.

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* CessationOfExistance: CessationOfExistence: The Gospel of Judas says that this will be the fate of the Hylics, since they're TheSoulless.
17th Jul '17 5:12:04 AM Icarael
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* ''TabeltopGame/MageTheAscension'', and, to a lesser degree, ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening''.

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* ''TabeltopGame/MageTheAscension'', and, ''TabeltopGame/MageTheAscension'' and ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' both borrow from Gnostic traditions. ''Awakening'', in particular, is rife with this, with the Supernal (the Pleroma) being shut off to a lesser degree, ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening''.humanity by jealous wannabe gods (the Exarchs). Every mage has attained enough truth to see past the Lie of the Fallen World (Gnosis), and actively seeks Ascension (a return to the Source) by varying means.



* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' -- pick a game, any game, either from the main series or the ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' spin-offs.

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* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' -- pick a game, any game, either from the main series or the ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' spin-offs.spin-off series ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'', and you'll find at least some Gnostic themes.
2nd Jul '17 9:04:32 PM PaperPilgrim
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%%* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' doesn't immediately make it apparent, but in the last leg of the Trickster's rehabilitation [[spoiler: Igor is revealed to have actually been Yaldaboath the Demiurge, who has been playing a game with the MC where the winner decides the fate of humanity. It's only after the real Igor is returned that the team is made aware that the outcome has been rigged from the start, and that Yaldaboath is trying to use humanity's want for societal order as an excuse to become a God of Order.]] Bonus points for having the final four mini-bosses be four archangels and the game ends with [[spoiler: the main character summoning Satanael to finish Yaldaboath off]]
1st Jul '17 3:29:36 PM nombretomado
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** It might be useful to point out that while the Wachowskis have ushered Gnosticism into the public consciousness through the underlying philosophical discussions in their films [[note]] with said discussion reaching into the fundamental ideology of Gnosticism and debating the arguments for and against the probable nature of reality, the delineation of the borders of reality, and playing with the idea of the demiurge and assessing sentient beings as contributors to the formation of an imperfect consensus reality[[/note]], Dan Brown has raised awareness of Gnosticism by flinging the term around so liberally in such a vague and arbitrary manner in his books that it drove most of his readers to look it up on TheOtherWiki... where most of them found two things: 1) Gnosticism is incredibly detailed, ancient, and so deep and involving that you can spend days on a WikiWalk just scratching the surface, and 2) Creator/DanBrown has a very bad habit of CompletelyMissingThePoint when it comes to secular and philosophical ideology.

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** It might be useful to point out that while the Wachowskis have ushered Gnosticism into the public consciousness through the underlying philosophical discussions in their films [[note]] with said discussion reaching into the fundamental ideology of Gnosticism and debating the arguments for and against the probable nature of reality, the delineation of the borders of reality, and playing with the idea of the demiurge and assessing sentient beings as contributors to the formation of an imperfect consensus reality[[/note]], Dan Brown has raised awareness of Gnosticism by flinging the term around so liberally in such a vague and arbitrary manner in his books that it drove most of his readers to look it up on TheOtherWiki...Wiki/TheOtherWiki... where most of them found two things: 1) Gnosticism is incredibly detailed, ancient, and so deep and involving that you can spend days on a WikiWalk just scratching the surface, and 2) Creator/DanBrown has a very bad habit of CompletelyMissingThePoint when it comes to secular and philosophical ideology.
1st Jul '17 12:43:44 PM matteste
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** Special mention goes to ''VideoGame/Persona5'', [[spoiler:where the final boss is Yaldabaoth, the Demiurge, and 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]].

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** Special mention goes to ''VideoGame/Persona5'', [[spoiler:where the final boss is Yaldabaoth, the Demiurge, and 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]].Satan]].
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]].
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