Were the Gnostics humanity's first organized conspiracy theorists?
I've been kicking that around for a couple of days and wanted some opinions on it.
Both Gnostics and Conspiracy Theorists seem to be all about the fate of the world being in their personal hands because they are privy to secret information that tells the real truth about what's going on. Humanity ignores these important little people at humanity's peril.
The Conspiracy Theorist movement, for lack of a better term, seems to have a high proportion of the decently-educated-but-delusional.
I'm thinking Gnosticism was likely the same.
Ps. Now I'm wondering if the three star wars prequels and what happens to the Jedi illustrate what happens when you let the Gnostics run the show.