Thomasine Questions, Gnostics and Proto-Gnostics
With that we have been enjoying the discussion how scholars tend to dislike the term Gnostic as it lumps together many traditions that were not the same in early Christianity. What they usually mean is demiurgical traditions. The Thomasines not being a demiurgical tradition is called proto-gnostic, as it contains many of the seeds of Gnosticism but without the later things like the Demiurge, the fall of Sophia, etc. With all these many belief-systems claiming to be Gnostic out there, from psychic Sylvia Browne's group, John Lash's incorporating aliens his gnosticism, to the Weorites views...is it any wonder that people get confused by the word Gnostic. But without a better word to unite those who look to the Nag Hammadi texts for inspiration, how would we find each other?