Gnosticism and the Modernist Vision of Priesthood.


Here is another interesting parallel in Rudolph’s Gnosis between modernism and gnosticism and an explicit connection between gnosticism and the charismatic movement:

“A distinction between ‘priests’ and ‘laity’ is untenable for them, for the community believed that the blessing of salvation was anchored in a personal and ‘spiritual’ (pneumatic) experience and strictly speaking encompassed only the ‘perfect ones’, who that they belonged to a nonworldy communion” (215).

This also sounds like the phenomenon of the pop star/rock musician as a new priest(-ess) or shaman.

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