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ABSTRACT OF PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS.
GNOSTICISM, a recurrence to ancient principles, i.
xiii. xiv.; evil relative, and absolute, xiv. xv.; certain analogies with a
Egyptian system, soon degenerated into Polytheism, xviii. xix.; Platonic analo
gies, xx.xxiii.; Valentinian analogies, xxiii.-xxvi.; Egypt the source
of Greek mythology and of Greek civilization, xxvi.xxviii. Greek philosophy eclectic in its principle, xxviii. ; Pythagoras, Plato, Thales, De
mocritus, reverted to Egypt, xxx.-xxxiv.
Greek physical philosophy, XXXV.—xl. ; supplied certain elements of Gnostic
terminology, xl. Philosophical grŵois, xl. xli. ; Alexandrian eclecticism as involving Pythagorean
views, and Præ-Platonic notions, xlii.- xlv.; variously modified by Platonicism, xlvi.lii.; also the incorporation of Oriental modes of thought,
lii.; principal eclectic innovators, liii. Jewish Cabbala, compared with the Zend Avesta, liv. lv. Philo Judæus, lv.; religious element added to philosophy, lvi. Recapitulation, lvii.—lix. yuwois, philosophical, oriental, and mystical, lx.--lxii.; all combined in Philo,
Ixiii.; and to be dealt with as a complex idea, lxiv. Simon Magus, the first Gnostic teacher who adopted a Christology in his Cab.
balistico-Zoroastrian theosophy, lxv. Ixvi.; his own exponent, lxvii.; Valentinian rationale indicated, lxvüi.
Menander, of the same Samaritan school, lxix.
Nicolaitans taught the same theory of creation, lxx.
Docetic theory, lxxii.; other notions of Cerinthus, ibid.
Ebionites, neither Jews nor Christians, lxxiii. lxxiv.
human actions, lxxvi.; his peculiar metensomatosis of the soul, lxxvii.;