[More revisiting old ideas while I work through others. Notebooked to indicate this is a first draft toward a conception of gnostic that provides the means of differentiating but also clarifying a broad family of practices, the ol’ Deleuzian disjunctive synthesis.]
I have talked about a gnostic sensibility of discontent as a way to think of gnosticism from a ‘big tent’ perspective. That’s useful for discussion, but the movement toward practice demands a somewhat narrower articulation of the term. Still, that practice can be articulated in a way that leaves the term with a wide but meaningful community of practitioners capable of communicating with each other (as long as we don’t presume communication to entail too much agreement).