Well Troub, in answer to your query:
No I am not offended by my more aesthetic brethren. My personal path
is just that: a personal path. If others find gnosis by another
method, more power to them. I believe in taking the path of least
resistance, and for me that just happens to be the antinomian path.
As for the popularity of Gnosticism in modern times... That really
depends on your definition of Gnosticism, doesn't it? I've seen some
really good stuff come out lately, but on the other hand I've seen
butt-loads of crap come out.
Most of the people who claim to be Gnostic would probably be quite
shocked to learn of practices by certain ancient (and even some
modern) sects, such as the Sethian-Ophite or Barbelite versions of the
communion, or some masonic/Templar rites.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, pmcvflag <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> Hello, Hermetic Star
> Well then, how about this? You find yourself to be fairly
> antinomian, so do you disagree with the rather ascetic tendencies
> that seem to be present in most Gnostic texts?
> Also, how about the fact that it is becoming so popular today for
> people to call themselves "Gnostic"? Since you seemed to enjoy a
> notion that it was an uncommon interest, does the fact that books on
> the subject are best sellers and there are actually people today who
> call themselves "Gnostics" make it less itneresting for you? I mean,
> since technically there are no living "Gnostics" does the move to
> reawaken it and even inject it into pop media bother you?