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Did the Gnostics have apostolic succession?

The doctrine of Apostolic Succession developed specifically to combat the Gnostic proposition that the "truth which sets one free" is not the property of the Church and its bishops, but is ...
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Did the Gnostics have apostolic succession?

Wikipedia says: [apostolic succession] is understood as a sign and guarantee that the Church, both local and universal, is in diachronic continuity with the apostles; a necessary but insufficient ...
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