thanks/ part 2
- Thanks for helping me with my question about the gnostic's view of
creation. I found the links informative, and was intrigued by the
notion that the entire story is a sort of allegory for the mind,
that in a sense the creation did not happen until human
consciousness arose as a way to explain consciousness.
I have turned to gnosticism because of an experience that no other
religion seems to take into account. I am trying to give a context
to this experience, and I'm passionate about doing so. Forgive me,
I am a pesky learner, a lover of literature, and a writer, so the
question of motive keeps ringing in my head.
I can understand Sophia creating Yaldaboath and his role in this
world. I can't understand this: Why did the true god create Sophia
in the first place? Everything I read treats her as pre-existing
fact and doesn't quite explain where she came from or why she came
at all. Whether the story is an allegory, metaphor, or truth, the
story seems accidental, as if the true God created Sophia without
purpose or reason, just for the sake of creating. Perhaps that is
part of the meaning, that in the end this is all a happy accident. I
also recognize that I am hardly an expert on the subject, and
perhaps I just haven't come across the relevant text. Is there an
explanation anywhere for why the true God created anything, before
the material world came as an end result?
I thank you for your help and for sharing your knowledge.
> Interesting to hear it put that way - I haven't read Bauer (yet), soAs far as I can see, Walter Bauer is considered somewhat of a pioneer
> Gnostic Gospels felt like an historian exploring new ground. Based
> on her bibliography and notes, I at least had a sense that Pagels was
> leaning on Bauer.
in the investigative genre of "Early Christian" scholarship - especially
with the Comittee to which Pagels belonged (the Coptic Gnostic Library
Comittee of scholars).
Anyways, I was just butting in to inform the readers of this list
that they can make their own mind up, without much trouble and without
parting with money - Bauer`s chief work is online
Walter Bauer: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity
Terje Dahl Bergersen
Deacon,Ecclesia Gnostica Norvegia