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Under the Groups wire--pt. 2

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  • gerryhsp
    I suppose I find more disturbing than people simply falling into a trap those who seem to have plunged headlong. One can usually recognize them by the
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 17, 2002
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      I suppose I find more disturbing than people
      simply falling into a trap those who seem to have
      plunged headlong. One can usually recognize them by the
      absolutes in their speech, e.g., �ALL religions this� and
      �EVERY believer that.� Indeed, it makes one wonder how
      such a person became so well acquainted with every
      single religion in the world, and every adherent
      thereof. While you can attempt to take issue with the
      foolishness of such assertions, it will most likely end up
      with someone vehemently pointing out the fallacy he
      has discovered, clinging tenaciously to said truth as
      gospel, and never quite able to understand how his
      critical thinking conveniently came to a halt�yielding the
      evidently gratifying conviction of his own beliefs, simply
      because he has recognized the flaws in somebody
      else�s.<br><br>When Ernst pointed out that many people seem to
      unhesitatingly equate the Gospel of Thomas with Gnostics, it
      brought to mind references I�ve noticed at other sites
      where some people speak with such a reverence for this
      book (or others from the NHL) as to almost make one
      think that they hold it as divinely authored as any
      fundamentalist would the Canon. Don�t get me wrong�I, too, find
      great value in the wisdom contained in those books, but
      substituting demiurgic worship with scriptural veneration
      seems to miss the point of liberation through gnosis.
      <br><br>Hey Market�s observations about the light references
      in Manichaean thought reminded me of born-again
      expressions like �seeing the Light� [hallelujah!]. Indeed, we
      obviously speak of different kinds of �light� when one
      involves someone�s spiritual path grinding to a halt
      because he has already bathed in the blood of the
      Savior.<br><br>While Ernst offered his linguistic cautions as to the
      reading of _The Hidden Gospel_, I could relate to
      ArielAngel�s comment that she had found useful its treatment
      of �the early views of Christ.� Would other members
      care to offer works they have found interesting and
      which shed new light, historically speaking, on
      religious origins�sans mainstream distortions? In the past,
      I believe I�ve recommended _When Jesus Became God_,
      by Richard E. Rubenstein. Can you imagine using that
      book when trying to talk to a Christian fundie?��You
      mean you aim to tell me what some lib�ral Jew
      professor thinks about the true beginnin� o�
      Chrischeeanity�?�<br><br>Gerry
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