Thomas I agree with your points on both the sites. I added the second because it was a modern take on the religion. I have no idea how true this person's ideals are to modern Gnosticism though. It is my perception (from my limited experience with them) that modern day Christian alternative western religions are based more on guess work and what the practitioners would have liked their religion to have been. There is so little left of the original religions, I suppose most of it must rely on filling in the huge gaps with the few tidbits that still remain. I'm thinking not just Gnosticism, but the many variants of the Pagan religions in Europe. As far as the Church banning the teachings of alternate religions, it seems to me that the real crackdown began shortly after the first Counsel of Nicea (a little after 300 AD I believe?). That was when the accepted tenants of the Catholic faith were decreed. Once what 'was' in was laid down, what was 'not' in was easy to identify. Hence there followed a fairly steady increase of the burning of any form of alternate Christian texts; and unfortunately, when the killings of these blasphemous believers began in ernest.