Re: Resonating scripture
- --- In email@example.com, klaus schilling <pessy@c...>
> lady_caritas writes:Hello, Klaus. Your selection is not a surprise to me. You have
> > Do you have favorite Gnostic scripture(s)
> The Testimonium Veritatis (NHC IX,3)
> Klaus Schilling
mentioned an encratic lifestyle in the past, in addition to
displeasure with Valentinus. What other ideas presented in this work
appeal to you?
This writing, which upholds an austere view of renunciation of this
world, is an example of polemics against other Gnostic sects as well
as more traditional Christianity. I'm curious. This piece is quite
unforgiving of various other sects, even though there seems to be
some agreement, such as the importance of self-knowledge and
disputing "carnal resurrection." IOW, one might wonder if this
author isn't placing quite a lot of emphasis on praxis.
Incompatibility with other Gnostics appears to stem more from
differing practices he feels are necessary to attain gnosis.
Klaus, do you personally find any other Gnostic scriptures to your
> Because moving away from Latin as the scholars' lingua francaOthers would argue that the movement INTO Latin as the
> was the greatest error throughout the history of European culture.
> This has already been noted by A. Schopenhauer.
scholar's "lingua franca" was the greatest mistake of western
culture... this would include the Greek-speaking composers of much of
the Nag Hammadi library, as well as it's Coptic speaking translators.
Often times both of these languages were very specifically used as
outposts of resistance against Latin cultural oppression. In northern
Egypt the Greek speaking community was second only to the Jews for
their reputation for insurrection (in Alexandria the Greek community
lived just to the south of the walled Jewish quarter, and the
cultural exchange equalled the resentment of occupation. This is the
venue in which Gnosticism was created).
None of these books we are talking about were written in Latin, so
gumming up the works with yet a fourth (unrelated) language in the
mix seemed rather strange is all. Don't get me wrong, Latin is a
wonderful language, and one that is very useful to the scientific
community. It is also something like speaking Hebrew at a Palistinian
knitting club. I have no problem if you want to use latin... knock
yourself out our uptight friend. Now, if we were talking about
Catholicism it would seem perfectly obvious that you should use Latin.
By the way..... Schopenhauer wasn't Gnostic either.