The knowers, opposed to believers, various
sects in the first ages of Christianity, who tried to accommodate
Scripture to the speculations of Pythagoras, Plato, and other ancient
philosophers. They taught that knowledge, rather than mere faith, is
the true key of salvation. In the Gnostic creed Christ is esteemed
merely as an eon, or divine attribute personified, like Mind, Truth,
Logos, Church, etc., the whole of which eons made up this divine
pleroma or fulness. Paul, in several of his epistles, speaks of this
“Fulness (pleroma) of God.” (Greek, Gnosticos.) (See
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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