The adepts of the Free Spirit did not form a single church but rather a number of likeminded groups, each with its own particular practices, rites, and articles of beliefs; and the links between the various groups were often tenuous. But these people did keep in touch with one another; and the Free Spirit was at all times recognizable as a quasi-religion with a single basic corpus of doctrine… . They divided humanity into two groups—the majority, the “crude in spirit,” who failed to develop their divine sensibilities, and themselves, who were the “subtle in spirit.” … The heart of the heresy was in fact not a philosophical idea at all but an aspiration; it was a passionate desire of certain human beings to surpass the condition of humanity and to become God.
The Pursuit of the Millennium
For us the planet was without Original Sin, designed for our sacramental...