Innocent also reinstated a prohibition against the owning or reading of Bibles by anyone other than clergy, under penalty of death.The above was an introduction to an essay I read years ago, but it is sad historical fact.What is it about the Gnostics, Arians, and Jews that produces such rage and fear within official Christendom?
Many Gnostic groups shared with Christians a rejection of Laws of Moses and salvation by works; a belief that other beings created the material world; the shared belief of a divine mediator between God and man; and finally the belief that nothing "worldly" is of any importance.
Only faith in or knowledge of this divine mediator (1 Tim 2:5), would lead one to salvation and eternal life.
Gnosticism envisaged the world as a series of emanations from the highest "One", that produced a series of emanations.
chronicles the lives of leading figures dating back to the earliest times of the Christian church.
Starting with stories of the early church leaders, such as Paul of Tarsus, the collection moves through history to the story of the 19 century as told through the lives of leading thinkers such as Friedrich Schleiermacher, Dwight Moody, and Arthur Schopenhauer.
Offering more than 3,500 monographs, the collection also covers the Protestant Reformation with biographies of leading figures such as Jan Huss, Martin Luther, and Jean Calvin.
In AD 1209, the entire population of the Albigens was slaughtered at the order of Pope Innocent III.
The Albigens, in the south of France, was then the most populous, the most technically, socially, and economically advanced part of Europe.
Its population was largely Gnostics and Arian Christians, and were a sanctuary for Jews who were persecuted almost everywhere else in Europe.