Single Idea 23057

[catalogued under 29. Religion / A. Polytheistic Religion / 4. Dualist Religion]

Full Idea

Gnostic traditions envisage a supreme God that created the universe and then withdrew into itself, leaving the world to be ruled by a lesser god, or Demiurge, which might be indifferent or hostile to mankind.

Gist of Idea

Gnosticism has a supreme creator God, giving way to a possibly hostile Demiurge


John Gray (Seven Types of Atheism [2018], Intro)

Book Reference

Gray,John: 'Seven Types of Atheism' [Penguin 2019], p.5

A Reaction

It doesn't seem to solve any problems, given that the first God is 'supreme', and is therefore responsible for the introduction and actions of the later Demiurge.