Sethian Gnosticismperhaps the oldest form of Gnosticism, both
predating by many generations and influencing Christianity. It's a
succinct escapade into these mysterious Christians before Christianity.
John Turner, author of `Sethian Gnosticism and The Platonic
Tradition', Professor of Religious Studies at The University of
Nebraska & one of the original translators of the Nag Hammadi Library
joins `Coffee, Cigarettes, & Gnosis' this Sunday, January 7, at 3 PM
PST/5 PM CST/6 PM EST at Freethoughtmedia.com. Just click the `ON
AIR' button under the banner.
--The origins, theology, cosmology and rituals of the Sethians,
including the mysterious `Five Seal Baptism'.
--Analyzing the various Nag Hammadi Library Sethian literature
including `The Secret Book of John', `The Apocalypse of Adam', `The
Three Steles of Seth' and more, as well as questionable Sethian works
like `Thunder, The Perfect Mind' and `The Hypostasis of the Archon'.
--Who exactly is Barbelo, the mysterious female principle of The
Divine, and what does that odd name really mean?
--How a fusion of Sethian and Ophite Gnosticism is possibly the
bedrock for all Gnostic ideology and schools, as well as much as
Christian (including the origins of the concept of the Trinity).
--We revisit The Gospel of Judas, exposing that not only it's a
Sethian scripture but also that its message on Judas has been
misunderstood by the initial scholarship.
--How the Sethians kept the neo-Pythagorean and neo-Platonic torches
alive through much of the early AD centuries.
--Another joyride into the perverse mind of our friend, Bishop
Irenaeus, and his views on who were the Gnostics.
--What exactly became of the Sethians once they broke away from both
Orthodox and Gnostic Christianity (you'll be surprised).
Our rebroadcast this Sunday at 12 PM PST/2 PM CST/3 PM PST is `Coffee,
Cigarettes & Gnosis #18Me, Myself & Irenaeus'. It's a comprehensive
view on the Gospel of Philip and the Valentinians who compiled it.
Our guest was Andrew Phillip Smith, author of 'The Gospel of Philip,
Annotated & Explained' & 'The Gospel of Thomas: A New Translation
Based on the Inner Meaning'.
--The origins, theology and secret meanings of The Gospel of Philip.
--The reality behind the depiction of the close and intimate
relationship between Mary Magdalene and The Logos.
--The Gnostic Pauline and Johannine influences that permeate the
Gospel of Philip.
--The history and philosophy of Valentinus, the great Gnostic Master,
whose influence formed this Gospel, as well as many others in The Nag
Hammadi Library. His movement was considered the most sophisticated,
intellectual and moral of the Classic Gnostics, which made it the
biggest menace to the nascent Catholic Church. In fact, Valentinus
almost became the Pope of The Catholic Church, which would have
changed history if not for an eleventh hour shift in fortune. If
--We learn how to read this symbolical and abstract work that, in
essence, will help us understand all other Christian texts in the
--Deciphering the battles between Bishop Irenaeus and the Valentinians.
--The Gospel of Philip has been called the Sacramental Gospel, being
the first Christian work introducing a full catalogue of holy rituals.
Is it possible that the Gnostics first conceived certain mystery rites
that were later usurped by the Orthodox Church?
Like The Gospel of Philip says, 'Truth did not come into the world
naked. It came in type and images. The world would not receive truth
in any other way.' Learn to see beyond the words, ideas and images
that limit our spiritual transformation so that the truth will set us
and the world free from the Angelic Mafia.
Both shows are an excellent initiation to the new season since they
are an almost complete dissertation on Gnosticism Proper and how it
predates Orthodox Christianity.
Next week we deal with the Kabbalah and the Kosmos; and how mystical
Judaism and modern cosmology view the origins of the universe, the
purpose of existence and the evolution of Creation in the same way.
The ancients believed that the secular and the sacred went hand in
hand, but we have lost that as a contemporary society. Yet the
reality is that esoteric and rational thinking not only have striking
methodologies and goals, but their marriage can bring forth a deeper
and more complete understanding of the universe and humanity's role in
it. Astral Guest: Howard Smith, author of `Let There Be Light: Modern
Cosmology and The Kabbalah', senior astrophysicist at the Harvard-
Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a
senior member of several teams with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
The future (and the past and the present) are so bright we gotta wear
shades, my beloved Truthseekers.