6474updated Hoeller list of gnostic criteria [was Re: Hi Flag]
- Aug 13, 2002Well, John, that cuts off me water. I can not even claim to be a small
g. Back to the drawing board.
--- In gnosticism2@y..., "eris never died." <jkr@n...> wrote:
> On Tue, 13 Aug 2002, wilbro99 wrote:
> > Hi Klaus, thanks for the reply. If I may enquire, which of the 12
> > you personally subscribe to?
> just wanted to jump in here to say that Hoeller has an updated list
> criteria towards a definition of what is "gnostic" from his new book
> "Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing"
> older list, to which a link was given in an earlier post was
> taken from a certain Professor Clark Emory, and not from Hoeller
> Hoeller precedes his list with a discussion of how difficult it is
> define what gnosticism is, and how this list shouldn't be taken as
> authoritative dogma, but offers this as a pretty universal set of
> 1. There is an original and trancendental spiritual unity from which
> emanated a vast manifestation of pluralities.
> 2. The manifest universe of matter and mind was created not by the
> original spiritual unity but by spiritual beings possessing inferior
> 3. One of the objectives of these creators is the perpetual
> humans from the unity (God).
> 4. The human being is a composite: the outer aspect is the handiwork
> the inferior creators, while the inner aspect is a fallen spark of
> ultimate divine unity.
> 5. The sparks of transcendental holiness slumber in their material
> mental prison, their self-awareness stupified by the forces of
> and mind.
> 6. The slumbering sparks have not been abandoned by the ultimate
> unity; rather, a constant effort directed toward their awakening and
> liberation comes forth from this unity.
> 7. The awakening of the inmost divine essence in humans comes
> salvific knowledge, called "gnosis".
> 8. Gnosis is not brought about by belief or by the performance of
> deeds or by obedience to commandments; these at best serve to
> for liberating knowledge.
> 9. Among those aiding the slumbering sparks, a particular position
> honor and importance belongs to a feminine emanation of the unity,
> (Wisdom). She was involved in the creation of the world and ever
> remained the guide of her orphaned human children.
> 10. From the earliest times of history, messengers of Light have
> forth from the ultimate reality for the purpose of advancing gnosis
> souls of humans.
> 11. The greatest of these messengers in our historical and
> matrix was the descended Logos of God manifest in Jesus Christ.
> 12. Jesus exercised a twofold ministry; he was a teacher, imparting
> instruction concerning the way of gnosis; and he was a hierophant,
> imparting mysteries.
> 13. The mysteries imparted by Jesus (which are also known as
> sacraments) are mighty aids toward gnosis and have been entrusted by
> to his apostles and their successors.
> 14. Through the spiritual practice of the mysteries (sacraments) and
> relentless and uncompromising striving for gnosis, humans can
> advance toward liberation from all confinement, material and
> otherwise. The ultimate objective of this process of liberation is
> achievement of salvific knowledge and with it, freedom from embodied
> existence and return to the ultimate unity.
> (Hoeller 187-189).
> and a short explanation of these:
> "Certainly, the fourteen points offered here have all been part of
> Gnostic tradition and have been espoused by Gnostics at one time or
> another. At least the first ten of the fourteen points may be
> wholly authoritative, even in a non-Christian Gnostic sense, and
> absence of any of them from a person's worldview might disqualify
> her as a Gnostic. Gnostics, when they stand up to identify
> would have to agree to the majority of these tenets, but whether the
> interpretation of them would be literal, psychological,
> other must be left to the individual" (Hoeller 189-90).
> in this list, points 1 through 10 are considered the general gnostic
> points, while 11 through 14 are the additions for more Christian
> of gnosticism. one of the reasons i like Holler is the last sentence
> quoted, where he says that people can interpret these points in
> ways, that there is no "one true way" to interpret the teachings and
> of the ancient gnostic groups. i'm sure some will disagree.
- << Previous post in topic Next post in topic >>