Its doctrines were in no sense new.
Descartes was not disposed to be a martyr; he had a sincere respect for the church, and had no wish to begin an open conflict with established doctrines.
The southerners are apathetic except when roused, and socialist doctrines find their chief adherents in the north.
But he made a system of his own by combining the teaching of his master with parts of the doctrines of others, and with mysticism imbibed from the great teacher Ghazali.
Carpocrates made especial use of the doctrines of reminiscence and preexistence of souls.