Origins of Gnosticism all Weekend Long on Aeon Byte!!!
- Perhaps the most debated and intriguing topic in Gnosticism is where it began. Was it a Christian side effect? Did it originate from Persian or other pagan Mysteries? Was it just another Jewish heresy? Is Gnosticism truly a religion-- a bona fide esoteric school--or just a syncretic movement that attaches itself to different faiths like a parasite? We probe deep into history, theology and the Nag Hammadi Library to find out where and when exactly the Gnostics sprouted out of in mankind's imagination and how it evolved throughout the centuries.
--Yet more evidence that Gnosticism not only predates Christianity but is more than likely the first Christianity.
--Understanding that the root of all Gnostic philosophy is what is called Classic or Sethian Gnosticism.
--How and why the writings of Plato are the bedrock of all Gnostic thought.
--The real possibility that the early Gnostics believed that only a small percentage of humans had the Divine Spark (soul).
--How Gnosticism peaked when Valentinus reconciled Gnostic theology with the theology of the Catholic Church.
--Trying to quell the tide of many scholars not only trying to redefine Gnosticism but erase the term all together.
--Birger's story on how he became involved with James Robinson and the Nag Hammadi Project, including his struggles and victories in translating the ancient Coptic manuscripts.
--Touching on one of the first and last remaining Gnostics of historyThe Mandeans.
And much more! It's very hard to speak to someone closer to the Gnostic ground zero than Birger.
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