Jim West: On Fundy Gnosis

February 24, 2009 at 2:19 am (Prodigal Valentine) ()

Click. Read. Some heady selections:

“The most fundamental problem with guys like Bob and Mr. Knoch is that these men insist on believing that the Bible is the literal, infallible “Word” of God. These men fail to understand that many of these scriptures were written by men who were concerned with mundane struggles for power as opposed to a genuine spiritual quest.”

“Please don’t misunderstand me, I don’t have a grudge against ancient Hebrews whose religious beliefs reflected their primitive times and struggles. On the other hand, I do believe it is a mistake to take these ancient, arcane writings and to erect these as if they are some infallible record of God’s nature and actions. To simply rely on these writings as explanations for the mysteries of God and the origins of evil is to play the fool. “

“It is true that Gnostics do study the Bible and other texts and traditions in search for spiritual insights. There are certain elements of the Bible that reflect the thoughts of true aspiring mystics. In this context there are spiritual nuggets spread throughout the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. And the incredible truth in this regard is that the Bible contains the seeds of its own heresy. But ultimately the true Gnostic is concerned with discovering the reality of God in his/her own being. It is here that we discover the true nature of God, and we realize that we are spiritual beings and not animals. We realize that God is not the source of evil: but that evil originates from ignorance.”

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And Now For Something Completely Different

February 18, 2009 at 8:51 pm ("Like it says on the tin.")

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Gabriel’s Revelation

February 11, 2009 at 9:10 pm (Prodigal Valentine) ()

Ever heard of Gabriel’s Revelation? Neither had I, until I spotted it on James Tabor’s blog.

According to Knohl’s reading, lines 80 of the Gabriel text should be read:

By three days–live, I Gabriel command you, prince of princes, the dung of rocky crevices.”

The three day statement is surely fascinating in the light of Jewish views of the afterlife, but even more interesting is that this particular corpse, that Knohl identifies as that of the crowned Jewish rebel leader Simon, killed in Transjordan in the 4 BCE revolt following the death of Herod the Great, is spoken of as “dung” in the rocky crevices where he was slain. Knohl’s main point at the conference was that the Jewish idea of “making live the dead” did not necessarily involve the revivification of a copse, as in this case one turned to “dung,” but rather a revived life in what would be potentially a “new body.”

I don’t agree with any of Tabor’s theology at all (he’s an ex-member of the church), but I will be doing some more digging on Gabriel’s Revelation.

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Triple Threat

February 5, 2009 at 11:27 pm (Praxis, Prodigal Valentine) ()

OK I had a great post about neurotheology and how the myths of the Pleroma, the Sophia, and the Christos, correspond to the paleocortex, the cerebral cortex, and the neocortex respectively, but instead of publishing the post, WordPress destroyed it. There’s probably a lesson in that. The upshot of it is, I finished the post by saying I needed to start up my praxis again, because I can feel my cerebral cortex shrinking, cell by cell, since I’ve given it up.

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