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wokeness and gnosticism

November 20th, 2018

By Matthew Loftus

I enjoyed this essay from Anthony Barr on the question of “wokeness” and gnosticism:

I want to suggest that “woke” is a redeemable term. If we think of wokeness as loving attentiveness to reality, a commitment to seeing the world as it truly is, then we can see it as an antidote to gnosticism and, consequently, a vaccine against a whole assortment of ideology.

Matthew Loftus

Matthew Loftus teaches and practices Family Medicine in Baltimore and East Africa. His work has been featured in Christianity Today, Comment, & First Things and he is a regular contributor for Christ and Pop Culture. You can learn more about his work and writing at