I don’t want to always be a schoolmarm, correcting the misuse of this or that term, but there are a few that cry out for attention. “Gnostic” is one such word. It has recently come to be a shorthand to describe a variety of concepts, typically those which prioritize the spirit or the mind to the body. Anyone who believes in the priority of the intellect could be called a “Gnostic” under this usage, as well as anyone who thinks that the soul is on a different plane of being than the body. “Gnostic” is also employed to critique those who hold to idealism over materialism. Strangely, not a few of the modern “anti-Gnostics” have gone so far as to deny the soul’s ability to exist apart from the body, thus creating a heresy of their own in the opposite direction.
This paper seeks to show that Constantine did have a policy of religious tolerance. It will be of interest to many folks I know, and it will shed some light on the recent political conversations we’ve been having.