Monday, May 22, 2006

Modern Gnosticism

For those who think gnosticism is dead, I give you a definition of theirs concerning purification of consciousness. If it doesn't seem to make sense, it's because it doesn't make sense. This is a classic definition that defines nothing.

We seem to be having a tremendous amount of success with pointing out the corrupt nature of the fundamentalist consciousness. As one of them observed, "they're brainwashing people into thinking." Thought is a dangerous thing in the fundamentalist tradition.

One should note that fundamentalism is not a new phenomenon. Plato describes the fundamentalist reaction against the teachings of Socrates. The nature of ancient Greek fundamentalist is pretty much the same as the nature of modern Christian fundamentalism. Both are fundamentally forms of misinterpreting sacred texts in order to support a despotic social order.

In the case of modern Christian fundamentalists, both OT and NT texts are construed in such a way that is antithetical to their original meaning. For the Greeks at the time of Plato, the homeric texts were misrepresented in a similar vein.

If you would like to read a blog that says nothing, here's the link. It is useful to know what a modern gnostic says. After reading this blog it's obvious why the church fathers shot it down. It has virtually no redeeming quality. The best I can say is that these people need our prayer and a personal encounter with Jesus who is the true wisdom.

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