books.google.com - A distinctive Christian heresy? A competitor of burgeoning Christianity? A pre-Christian folk religion traceable to "Oriental syncretism"? How do we account for the disparate ideas, writings, and practices that have been placed under the Gnostic rubric? To do so, Karen King says, we must first disentangle...http://books.google.com/books/about/What_is_Gnosticism.html?id=df1Tz5Cn8BQC&utm_source=gb-gplus-shareWhat is Gnosticism?.