12. Are Rosicrucians Gnostics?
The International School of the Golden Rosycross, Lectorium Rosicrucianum, stands in a gnostic tradition and therefore presents its work as a “Gnostic Spiritual School”. However, its teachings and methods differ in part from those of previous gnostic schools, because man, at the beginning of the Aquarius Age, has a different starting point for his way to another state of consciousness as the people in the past. For example, the School of the Golden Rosycross does not understand the material world to be fundamentally bad, as it was often taught in ancient gnostic initiation schools. But the material world is the training school in which the pupil has to reveal and prove his state of being on the path to the spiritual soul.