The Excerpts from Theodotus is a gnostic tractate preserved in the writings of Clement of Alexandria.The text was written by Theodotus, a Valentinian gnostic. It reiterates Theodotus's thoughts on Creationism by thoroughly examining chapter one and two of the Book of Genesis.
|Year Written: (Assumed)||150-180 AD|
|Scripture Type:||Gnostic Acts|
Gnosticism is a modern term categorizing a collection of pre-Christian ancient religions whose adherents shunned the material world which they viewed as created by the demiurge; and instead embraced the spiritual world.
Gnostic beliefs that stray from orthodox Christianity include:
the creator as a lower being and not a Supreme Deity;
the belief that all matter is evil and the body is a prison to escape from;
scripture having a deep, hidden meaning whose true message could only be understood through secret wisdom;
and Jesus as a spirit that seemed to be human, leading to a rejection of the incarnation
|Further Reading:|| earlychristianwritings.com/text/theodotus.html|
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