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Sophia, n. [Gk.] Wisdom, which, along with knowledge (gnosis), was
considered by Gnosticism to be the route to salvation. The Gnostic
understanding of wisdom -- of attaining the spiritual by shunning the
physical, of balancing and then moving beyond good and evil, of a
Christ whose prime purpose was to offer knowledge rather than to offer
grace, and so on -- was harshly attacked by the Apostles and Early
Fathers. Recent thought has found that some of these ideas are perhaps
better than they were thought to be, and bits and pieces have slowly
been brought into Christian thought. The work is far from complete, of
course, but there have been many steps to follow in the path of the
Gnostics and wholeheartedly embrace a system of ideas worth its weight
in gold.

-- Hayward's Unabridged Dictionary



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