- Say Anthony, welcome. I have a question for you; What do you think of
Dr Pearson's outline of pre-Christian origins of Gnosticism? It could
be very relevent to the question of the importance of Apostlic
succession. What if some person claimed to be the direct line of
command from Cerdo instead of say, Peter. With some exceptions (like
Valintinus) it doesn't seem the subject came up much with the early
As far as modern Gnostic "luminaries", or at least leaders of
sorts... there are a number it seems who have come to the position in
many people's eyes. They run the gambit from fairly respectable
attempts at reconstruction, to just plain cultic. A short list would
include; Hoeller (who has some genuine historical interest it seems
to me), Aun Weor (who calls himself "Samael"? Odd), Sylvia Browne
(the most popular, but I haven't actually figured out WHY she calls
herself "Gnostic"), and for some, Crowley *snicker*.
Interestic question, maybe we will get more input from other members
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<sophiathyone@y...>" <sophiathyone@y...> wrote:
> Our Lady Wisdom bless you all:
> I have a question for any and all who wish to answer:
> My congregation and I are wondering about the claim to "Apostolic"
> status that many modern day Gnostic churches make. In our
> estimation, "Holy Orders" are legitimate when the Spirit of
> is present within someone, and not just because another human putsof
> hands on another. All the same, we agree that traditional apostolic
> succession is powerful and has a place. We just see it as being
> inferior to the true unfolding of the Spirit.
> In the Catholic Church, the priests all take Holy Orders from a
> Bishop, all of whom (according to the Church) are in a direct line
> traditional succession from the original apostles.to
> When a church calls itself "Apostolic", it seems to be claiming to
> have some lineage in the same traditional sense; is this the case?
> If it is the case, and the modern 'apostolic' Gnostic churches are
> claiming to have a traceable lineage of orders or succession back
> the early era of the Church and the early bishops/churchor
> fathers/apostles or whomever, is there evidence of this?
> Is there some central, modern Gnostic luminary (either alive today
> within the last one or two centuries)that claimed descent from anline
> apostolic line, or that was believed to be a part of a heterodox
> of succession?
> If this is the case, and such a person does (or did) exist, what is
> the state of evidence that would support such a belief or claim?
> Many thanks to you all who take the time to answer!
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "urosdanell" <urosdanell@...>
>Hello, urosdanell. This topic came up a couple months ago. You can
> Is there any ancient Gnostic texts where Satan is mentioned?
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