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You may explore some aspect of Gnosticism that is dangerous and that is present (or potentially present) in Christianity today, and you could offer concrete suggestions for avoiding the dangers in light of the way Irenaeus and Tertullian fight Gnosticism. (For example, you could reflect on Dr. Perrin’s discussion of the way Gnosticism has affected contemporary hermeneutics). You must write a 10-12 page paper exploring one of the two major components of this course in more depth. This is not to be a true research paper, and thus it may be broader in scope and must be practical in orientation. However, I do expect you to do some additional reading (perhaps ~200 pages) beyond the materials you have already read for this course. I also expect you to use course readings, Dr. Perrin’s lectures, and the in-class and online discussions. The paper should include a bibliography and standard footnote citations. These readings need to be included: Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book 2 Tertullian, Against the Valentinians, On the Flesh of Christ, On the Resurrection of the Flesh and Perrin, Nicholas. Lost in Transmission? What We Can Know about the Words of Jesus.