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340 70 ALTERNATIVES TO REDEMPTION and ethical living; in fact, some Gnostics were quite antinomian. J. Brown points out, even those who did stress a high level of morality did so for the purpose of minimizing bodily distractions rather than of pleasing God. 105 The whole emphasis was on knowledge; they · h tenment. "106 sought "salvation by the path of en I19 This need for very special knowledge is what leads to the Gnostic idea of a divine savior. For how can our poor imprisoned spirits ever know the secrets of salvation except through revelation from the heavenly Father himself?
H. " pp. 98-99. Charles S. Braden, Man's Quest for Salvation, p. 76. s! What is the result of this transfer of merit? "82 It is salvation from sin. "84 On the positive side, the transfer of merit ushers one into a blissful heaven or paradise called the Pure Land. Whether there is still a Nirvana to be achieved beyond this is a matter of dispute among Buddhists. The final question is how this transfer of merits, with its resultant expiation of sins and gift of paradise, is received by the individual.
Only a general impression is sought. Hellenism By Hellenism we are referring mainly to the great pre-Christian philosophers such as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. The ways in which these and other Greek philosophers described the human predicament and human need were not at all uniform, but they did seem to agree that the most immediate problem is ignorance. Whatever the ultimate goal being sought, whether it be a return to the Platonic realm of Ideas or the experience of Aristotelian eudaimonia (well-being), the means of achieving it is right knowledge.