Who is Carpocrates?June 25, 2021
Platonic Greek philosopher.
Carpocrates, a gnostic theologian who taught in Alexandria, adopted Plato’s views on God, ideas, and spirits. Later he strangely associated these ideas with Christianity. According to him, the world was created by angels who lost their original purity and merged with eternal matter. The world itself has divided people and broken with the principle of God by artificial barriers to property, marriage, politics, and religion. In this respect, the world is evil, so it should be disregarded in the law.
Carpocrates argues that this salvation can be achieved through theology or gnosticism. Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle have achieved this. This is the salvation that the Jew Jesus also adopts and recommends. The most famous of Carpocrates’ disciples was his son, Epiphanos. The adherents of Carpocrates spread to the Mediterranean regions, applying Christian terminology to Pagan rituals, and immersing themselves in witchcraft. From some texts, IV. It is understood that there were Carpocratic tendencies in the Cyrenaic in the 19th century.