Dualism and Gnosticism. Throughout history the Gnostics were accused
of being dualists: those who saw the universe and mankind itself split
between light and darkness, body and spirit. Were their enemies
right, or did Gnosticism, as usual, buck any theological trend that
adds to their uniqueness? We explore Gnostic Dualism through time and
belief, adding yet to the enigma that is the Gnostic worldview. It is
also our second of a two part interview with our guest.
Astral Guest--Sean Martin, author of `The Gnostics: The First
Christian Heretics', `The Cathars' and `The Knights Templar'.
--Understanding the philosophy of dualism from the view of various
faiths and epochs.
--How Gnostic Dualism varies from all other types of dualism.
--The dualism of William Blake and Philip K. Dick.
--The dualism of the Cathars and the Manichaeans.
--A tour through the history of Gnosticism through the eyes of Sean
Martin's `The Gnostics', just released in the USA.
--How dualism is an important ingredient of gnosis, especially in
trying to see through the dark illusion of the seemingly black and
white world we live in now.
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Our rebroadcast is `The Lost Sayings of Jesus' with Andrew Philip
Smith, author of 'The Gospel of Thomas: A New Version Based On the
Inner Meaning', 'The Gospel of Philip: Annotated & Explained' and 'The
Lost Sayings of Jesus: Annotated & Explained'.
Beyond Gnosticism and Christianity, Jesus has been quoted extensively,
from Church Fathers to Saints, from Sufis to Eastern Gurus, from the
Koran to mysterious documents found in far off Asia. A whole, unknown
genre of Jesus sayings exists in Judaism, Islam, Taoism and even
Hinduism. We sift through the sayings to find which are authentic,
fraudulent or just important in understanding early Gnosticism and
--How the 'Jesus Sayings' genre might be the earliest recordings of
the personage of Jesus Christ.
--How 'Q' and The Gospel of Thomas changed the way we study Christian
writings, including evidence revealing that even Mark used a very
early 'Jesus Sayings' to write his Gospel.
--Beyond Canonical Bias (in other words, if it ain't in The Bible it
ain't true), the criteria used by early Church Fathers and modern
scholars to decide what words attributed to Jesus might be true or
--What other Gnostic Gospels, beyond the obvious Gospels of Thomas and
Philip, contain some of the most relevant words of the Gnostic Revealer.
--Does the Talmud really speak negatively about Jesus or is it a prior
tradition dealing with a certain Jesus Ben Stada and Jesus Ben Pandera?
--How Mohammed drew from an existing Christian oral tradition and not
imagination when quoting Jesus in the Koran.
--How Jesus is presented in both the vast Sufi and Taoist sayings
(otherwise known as the 'Jesus Sutras').
--A close inspection at probable forgeries like 'The Aquarian Gospel
of Jesus', 'The Essene Gospel of Peace', 'The Sayings of Ye-Su' and
other 'findings' that have, at one point or another, been considered
--We revisit the 'Jesus in India' theory that just won't go away.
--The Secret Gospel of Mark: Forgery or real? Is Morton Smith laughing
at us from beyond the grave?