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Shara Postle Sociology of Religion Dr. Taylor Essay 3 12/4/07 The Apostles Creed and the Gnostics I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen. These are the words of the Apostles Creed. Pagels shows that there is a link between this text and the attempts by the early church fathers to drive out the Gnostics. The Apostles Creed is one of the three basic premises that almost all Christians today share, the other two being they accept the canon of the New Testament and they affirm specific forms of church institution. The followers of these beliefs, or the Orthodox as Pagels often refers to them, tried to drive out the Gnostics because often the beliefs of the Gnostic clash with the beliefs of the Orthodox.
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The Orthodox believe that the resurrection of Christ was literal. They believe that he died and on the third day came back to life. That he once again had a human body and
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