Re: the club
>>>I think one of us is in the wrong club.<<<<Well, you may be right, Martin, in saying that one of us is in the
wrong club. However, since I am one of the founders here, and one of
the people who chose exactly what the topic of this club is intended
to be.... that wrong person would have to be you.
>>>I think you limit the purpose of the "club"<<<You are absolutely right Martin, I do limit the purpose of this club.
The club has a specific purpose which the co-founders and myself have
created, and we are not going to change that purpose to the
discussion of Nascar, or Scooby Doo.... I am sure there are already
clubs for that.
>>>I think Gnosis, Gnosticism is a very broad subject with certainlycommon elements.<<<<
Well, your definition is fine for you. However, for this clubs
purpose the term "Gnosticism" refers only to the word as it was
coined by the scholors who have been instrumental in it's creation.
Just as we are no here to talk about Nascar, we are not here to talk
about alternative layperson definitions of what "Gnosticism" is....
there are already other clubs for that as well.
Think of this club as a seminar format university class. There are
the professors who teach the class, there are visiting professors who
contribute a great deal, and there are the students who are allowed
to interact as long as the class stays on topic. This club is like
that university study format. The club has a stated purpose, it has
acceptable an inacceptable subject matter (and behavior), and anyone
who is here is here as a guest based on their interest in the subject
at hand, and thier presence is at the discression of the person who
is running the class.
So, you may now be asking "well, what is the subject then?". The
subject is specifically to deal with traditional (historical) forms
of that academic invention called "Gnosticism" as well as how they
effect our modern selves.
You do raise a point that is on topic....
>>>The reincarnation you are right I admit not a universally followeddoctrine or concept within the traditional Gnostic traditions.<<<<
To some extent we have come across this topic a few times. There are
mentions of transmigration in Gnostic (and realated) sources, we have
debated the possibility of metempsychosis as well. There are no
mentions that I can think of where "reincarnation" is talked about in
Gnostic sources though (maybe I have forgotton one somewhere). So,
not only is it not a "universally followed doctrine", I question
question if it is a doctrin that any Gnostic group believed in.
However, this does not mean that a modern person is not justified in
thier personal belief. But, there is something more. An interesting
subject could be whether reincarnation can be reconciled with the
notions of spirit seen in various Gnostic sects. For instance, the
belief we see in some texts that spirit is something put on, like a
vest, as opposed to an innate quality in every human. To take that
idea to it's conclusion would make reincarnation a very difficult
juxteposition (since those without the spirit would simply die, and
those with the spirit would have laready found "Gnosis" and thus
achieved release from the world) Aother example would be the
Manichaean belief that spirit holds no memory, and that it is
recycled. This would make the "past life" experience impossible.
Anyways, I am not forwarding any specific theory myself, merely
pointing out how reincarnation certainly cannot work with all forms
of "biblical demiurgy" movements. Surely there were some that may
have believed in it though.