Miguel, thanks for offering this interview again. Looking at my
haphazard notes, could you help clarify something for me, if you're
During the section of your interview concerning Karen King's opinions
about the terms, "Gnostic" and "Gnosticism",... ouch..., did you ask
her or did she offer any discussion about the validity of emphasis on
soteriological function of Gnosis as a reason for the categorical
designation in the first place, regardless of what people might have
called themselves? I might have missed something there.
Also, when discussing what happened to "alternative Christians", she
said that to a large degree their ideas are still there (in modern
Christianity). She specifically mentioned the goodness of God, emphasis
on the spiritual, Jesus' teachings as salvific. What about Gnosis as
salvific? I don't see that one generally emphasized in modern
'orthodoxy'. Actually, it was a hot topic even in ancient times.
She also said that the idea of God as not being the creator has been
eliminated. THAT is a BIGGIE, Miguel! :-) ...even if other notions
like physical resurrection, etc. are debated.
Thanks for humoring me. I'll stop now. *lol*
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> It is the only extant Gnostic Scripture we have with a woman's name on
it and giving her a true centerpiece. The Gospel of Mary gives us
insights into the importance of Mary Magdalene as the main Apostle, the
consort of the Logos, and a Marian movement in the early days of
Christianity that revered women's importance. In addition, our guest
grants us her views on other Gnostic works like the Gospel of Judas and
The Secret Book of John. And she explains why Gnosticism is an outdated
term that serves no purpose in our modern idiom.
> Astral GuestKaren King, author of `The Gospel of Mary Magdala:
Jesus and the First Woman Disciple', `What is Gnosticism' & `Reading
Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity'.
> Topics Discussed:
> --The history of how this important document was discovered.
> --Understanding the inner and outer message of the Gospel of Mary
> --How this Scripture represented an early Christian schism as well as
a Marian cult following.
> --Gnosticism: Outdated term about a bunch of dead weird Christians
that should be replaced with the more politically correct `Alternative
> --How the view that the Gnostics didn't believe in a fleshy Jesus is
mostly a fable (whatever). Yet the radical way they interpreted the
crucifixion of the Christ.
> --Karen King discusses her research on `The Secret Book of John' and
`The Gospel of Judas' including allegations her scholarship was
erroneous along with National Geographic.
> And much more! There's just something about Mary.
> Just go to http://www.thegodabovegod.com/. The program is broadcast
all weekend long. Listen to it at your convenience.
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