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To be fair, Gnostic ideology did have a place in many, if not most, or even all
groups regarded as dissenters from orthodoxy. But then again, Gnosticism has a place in
orthodoxy as well, for what is gnosis if not the belief that its initiates possess some
esoteric but essential knowledge necessary for salvation, which can neither be explained
nor justified? And what has this discussion thus far exposed, if not the lack of scriptural
foundation for the canon of Trinitarian orthodoxy?
Of the above groups, the Paulicians (whose name possibly derived...