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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Definitions for demiurge

  1. Philosophy. A. Platonism. The artificer of the world. B. (In the Gnostic and certain other systems) a supernatural being imagined as creating or fashioning the world in subordination to the Supreme Being, and sometimes regarded as the originator of evil.
  2. (In many states of ancient Greece) a public official or magistrate.

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Citations for demiurge
Larger than a character, the river is a manifest presence, a demiurge to support the man and the boy, a deity to betray them, feed them, all but drown them, fling them apart, float them back together. Norman Mailer, The Spooky Art
The gnostics think this world was created by a bad god—a demiurge—who wandered too far from the True God and somehow got perverted. Derek Swannson, Crash Gordon and the Mysteries of Kingsburg
Origin of demiurge
Demiurge meant "a worker for the people" in Ancient Greek, from the roots dḗmio- meaning "of the people" and -ergos, "a worker."
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