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Gnosticism & Hermeticism Redux
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So this thread is juxtaposed with the Gnosticism Thread on Skeptiko by which I mean there'll probably be some overlap but going to try and further the conversation rather than just reproduced everything or rehash every old argument...naturally there'll be revisiting as new people contribute and old people re-engage.

I also wanted to include Hermeticism as I think it's a similar outlook on reality but I find it less melodramatic than World-as-Prison Gnosticism (which isn't to say I 100% disagree with the latter, but I'm not that pessimistic about reality).

Buried in the Sands of Time: The Gospel according to Thomas

Quote:In 1945, an extensive anthology of the sayings of Jesus was found preserved in the dry sands of a tomb near Nag Hamadi, Egypt. Going back to a Greek text dating about 100 AD, this Coptic text begins with a prologue that attributes its recording to the apostle Thomas. Applying the psychological approach which has led Sri Aurobindo to re-discover the esoteric meaning of the Rig Veda, the author elucidates the inner meaning of the Gospel according to St. Thomas. A brief biography of the author is appended. 
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Double-talking Our Modern Gnostic Age With Miguel Conner And Chris Knowles





Quote:This week we are taking the new format out for another spin by welcoming back two popular previous guests, Miguel Conner and Chris Knowles, to double talk the most contemporary of ancient philosophies -Gnosticism- and whether or not we live in the most gnostic of times.

So. Good.
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The Return of Valentinus and Gnostic Priesthood


Quote:In esoteric circles, Valentinus is considered as one of the great mystics and thinkers of early Christian history — even if his Gnostic ideas would later brand him a heretic by the nascent orthodox church. Yet his theologies are gradually being embraced today in the halls of mainstream churches, even by some of the most rigid Catholic orders. We welcome the return of Valentinus, from his transcendent philosophy to his meditative rituals, more needed than ever in a civilization losing hope for meaning and a higher purpose. We also discuss related topics for alternative Christianities of old like sacred theatre, occult sacraments for altered states, shamanistic Gnosis, and much more.

Astral Guest – David Parry, author of Caliban’s Redemption

This is a partial show. For the second half of the interview, please become a member.
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For me it's hard to see why criticisms of the Gospel of Thomas can't be extended to entirety of the New Testament (or, for that matter, to many religious scriptures around the world):

-Questioning authenticity.

-Silliness/Absurdity/Evil.

-Challenging whether God or one of Its incarnations actually said what is in scripture.

But of course it's convenient to only apply these kinds of criticism selectively.
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