- Thomasine Church
The term Thomasine Church has several possible meanings:
* It can be used to refer to the Christians in India who recognize the Apostle Thomas to be the founder of their churches. The usual term for these groups is
Saint Thomas Christians.
* It can be used to refer to the ancient religious communities that revered the "
Gospel of Thomas", the " Book of Thomas the Contender", and related works. Although the existence and nature of such communities is debated by historians, one common view is that this group consisted of Gnostic Christians. Scholars usually refer to these groups as the School of Saint Thomas.
* It can be used to refer to the modern
Gnostic revivalmovement, Thomasine Church (Gnostic), in the United States and Canada that bases its Christian Gnosticismon the Gnostic Gospel of Thomasand the Hymn of the Pearl.
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