What is at Stake? – Gnosticism Part 8

It might be well to consider the question whether or not the Gnostics actually believed their stories to be literally true.  Doubtless, many of them did.  But the real answer to this question is that it does not matter whether they believed them to be literally true or not.  The nature of mythology is that … Continue reading What is at Stake? – Gnosticism Part 8

The Demiurge – Gnosticism Part 5

As stated in the previous article, Gnosticism taught three kinds of existence brought forth by Achamoth: Material – formed from passion and evil;Animal – formed from her conversion;Spiritual – brought forth by Achamoth herself. Achamoth’s next task was to give form to these.  And as it turns out, she was unable to do this with … Continue reading The Demiurge – Gnosticism Part 5

A Not-So-Divine Tragedy – Gnosticism Part 4

This youngest was the feminine Aeon, Sophia.  She left her consort, Theletos, and resolved to know her unknown Father.  She gave herself unreservedly to this pursuit of knowledge, not understanding that her goal was impossible to attain.  In the midst of her passion, she gave birth.  But because she had left her consort, Theletos, and … Continue reading A Not-So-Divine Tragedy – Gnosticism Part 4

Bythus and His “Family” _ Gnosticism Part 2

The Gnostics taught that there is a perfect, eternal, invisible, incomprehensible, unknowable, transcendent Aeon[1].  They called him by several names including Proarche, Propator and Bythus (meaning “First Beginning,” “First-Father,” and “Profundity,” respectively). He is also called, The Unknown Father. There are other Aeons, emanating by means of thought directly or indirectly from Bythus, including Christ … Continue reading Bythus and His “Family” _ Gnosticism Part 2

Introduction to Gnosticism – Part 1

In the late second century, an elder in the Christian church in Lyons, Gaul, wrote five books for the purpose of describing and refuting Gnosticism. The pastor’s name was Irenaeus (A.D. 120 – 202). Other early Christian writers who took up the torch and defended the faith against the Gnostic heresies include Tatian, Tertullian, and … Continue reading Introduction to Gnosticism – Part 1