THE PAULINE CANON AND GNOSTICISM

by PETER JONES in Vol. 2 No. 1 / April 2016



Gnosticism and canon are as different as contemporary theological liberalism and biblical orthodoxy! Indeed, the latest versions of liberalism seek to create a “new” view of Christianity shorn of any notion of creed or canon and based precisely on the faith of their ancient Gnostic counterparts. While the early church in its most ancient creed affirmed the validity of Scripture (1 Cor 15:3–8), the Gnostics spent a good part of their time reviling those Scriptures—opting for a “canon within the canon”— and the God, the Creator, who inspired them. This perennial heresy returns today in various spiritual forms of paganized Christianity, but they will not prevail against the historic rock of the biblical canon.


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