Syncretism and Gnosticism. Although Gnosticism traditionally borrowed
from various faiths, mythologies and philosophies, is it possible to
be a modern Gnostic and still be true to its ancient, syncretic
tenets? Does drawing upon other religions hinder or help the Gnostic
revival? When do we draw the line between adhering to another dogma
and selling out Gnostic principles? Our guest reveals the perils and
opportunities of combining ideologies. He also claims that it's
natural to be both a Catholic and Gnostic; there is actually less of a
divide than ever imagined. We also take a look at how modern
Gnosticism has not been loyal to the Gnosticism practice in the First
and Second Century.
Astral Guest--Jesse Christopher, cofounder of The Palm Tree Garden and
writer for the new 'The Gnostic Magazine'.
--Jesse's evolution from Catholic, atheist and finally a
Catholic/Gnostic (and how be balances it out)
--Why Gnosticism lends itself to easily borrowing from other faiths
--How Catholicism and Gnosticism sprouted from the same tradition,
albeit with different interpretations.
--The fable that women held high positions in Gnosticism.
--When does taking from other religions compromise Gnosticism?
--Sin and Satan
not in Nag Hammadi Library
--How faith is almost as important as gnosis itself.
--Mistakes modern Gnostics make by ignoring historical facts.
And much more! Catholic propaganda or the real steak and potatoes?
We blaspheme, you decide.
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Gnosticism and Syncretism' will appear in its entirety!
Our rebroadcast is `CCG #43-- Gnostic Influence in the Middle Ages'.
Our guest was Richard Smoley, author of 'Forbidden Faith: The Gnostic
Legacy', 'Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition',
'Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions' and editor of
Quest Books and former editor of Gnosis.
Gnosticism, despite its savage suppression, has played an important
role in the development of Western ideas, from the Renaissance to the
esoteric revivals of the 19th and 20th century. We take an efficient
outing of the Gnostic legacy in history.
--How a Gnostic spark was essential in bringing about the Renaissance.
--The influence of the Kabbalah and Hermetical ideals that shaped
Christian and loosened Christian theology into the Enlightenment Period.
--How beans (yes beans) point to the fact that all mystery religions
originated in Egypt.
--We revisit the Troubadours and their revival of Romantic Love that
changed Western Civilization (for better or worse).
--A look into the origins of the Rosicrucians and their Christian gnosis.
--How many enlightenment figures were actually influence by the
Hermetical Ideals as much as rationality (just one is example Des
Cartes, who was a Rosicrucian).
--We comb through the various secret societies like the Freemasons and
how their Hermetical Ideals broke the back of The Church.
--How the discovery of the Pistis Sophia gave birth to the occult
movements of the 19th century including the rise of the Theosophical
--Elaine Pagels--more important than the Nag Hammadi Library in
-And much, much more! Richard does not play around with his keen
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