Diploma in Gnosticism
available on KINDLE™
International Association for Distance Learning.
recommended period of study: approx.
months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£215.00 (215 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
One FREE textbook will be included for students from the UK. Students
outside the UK will need to buy the textbook separately. No other books
discount for UK students: We will give UK
students a discount of £15 if they purchase the
Kindle edition of the textbook from the link in
the left-hand column of this page, instead of
the free hard copy.
Method of study
Textbook study. Written assignments are based on
the set textbook. Assignment questions are issued by email and
students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by
course is a study of the philosophy of Gnosticism as expressed in many
different forms from its remotest origins in ancient Egypt, Greece,
India, Persia and the Middle East to modern cultural forms. This
complex field covers both personal approaches to divine realisation and
different spiritual systems and sects throughout the ages. It is not
only a form of alternative or early Christianity – it has taken various
religious, spiritual and cultural forms and in recent times has been
part of Western Esotericism, Anthroposophy, the works of Carl Jung, and
has been an influence on twentieth-century occultism, arts and popular
music. The basic message of Gnosticism is that human beings are gods in
potential, and that rigid theological/ideological systems and also
materialism both stand in the way of the perception of our free and
divine nature. Gnosticism also acknowledges that the world we live in is
neither wholly good nor wholly evil but that there is an ongoing and
ancient conflict between two opposing forces, an idea that has been
expressed more dramatically in some forms of Gnosticism than in others.
Ancient origins of Gnostic ideas
Jewish themes in Gnostic thought
Expressions of Gnosticism in medieval
magic and metaphysics
Sufi Philosophy and Gnosticism
The Troubadours and the allegory of
European Theosophy, Masonry and
French Freemasonry and Occultism
The works and life of Aleister Crowley
Gnostic themes in Jung and in the New
Expressions of Gnosticism in the
Twentieth Century: esotericism, popular culture and the arts
A university-level textbook is required as the
main book for the course. Further reading is optional and a list of selected Internet sites
is provided for further research.
criteria and suitability
No particular qualifications are required for
entry but the ability to study from
university-standard textbooks is required.
Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in
Gnosticism awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK
qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for
If you are in a location where the designation
"Certificate" is preferable to "Diploma", the wording of your qualification can
be changed accordingly.
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