8290Re: [Gnosticism2] Re: Stories
- Sep 13, 2003Lady,
Thanks for telling me about your journey. As far as I know
there aren't any Gnostics (at least none that I'm aware of)
in this area so its really great to be able to converse
with others with similar interests and sort of "compare
notes" as it were.
It has been entirely through personal study that I've drawn
the conclusions regarding Gnosis I now have.
>I'm curious. You mention how bitter you were aboutorthodoxy. Were you brought up in a very conservative
environment by any chance?<
I live in southern West Virginia and the entire culture is
conservative, so church life and home life were like mirror
images of one another so far as values were concerned. I
was raised by my grandparents who weren't really
"churchgoers" but the same values inhered nonetheless.
However I really believe that the "disconnect" between
Theology and Experience in my own life was entirely due to
Orthodoxy itself and not just to my particular
environmental setting. I've really lightened up on the
"bitterness" thing by the way, and am now quite
grateful for all that has happened in the past. It was just
that I felt betrayed by the "promise" of orthodoxy and the
attendant results that I felt that failure produced in my
After a long, long absence from all things spiritual I've
done what at one time would have been the unthinkable for
me: I've become a member of the Episcopal Church. The
particular parish I'm a part of is about as far left
theologically and politcally as you can get, but *what*
far left of is orthodoxy. This is, in a very real sense,
defines them and other Episcopalians who are left of the
spectrum, e.g. Marcus Borg (The God We Never Knew), and
Bishop Jack Spong (Rescuing the Bible From Fundamentalism).
I haven't spoken to my parish priest yet about my Gnostic
inclinations but have no doubt that he will welcome the
whole idea, which is part of the reason why I love these
folks so much.
Have a great day Lady!
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