- Oh, well... I guess I forgot to say welcome. Anyways, Danielle, I did
not mean to imply that everyone here was familiar with the particular
allegory you offered (some may be, others may not), but that the
members here are familiar with the principle of allegorical method in
general, and thus we are with you on that point. I then go on to ask
the extended question as to how YOU see allegory as applied to texts
that are specifically Gnostic in scope.
I guess that brings us to the question you bring up... are we here to
deal with specific texts? The answer is yes and no. This club is
designed to deal with "traditional" Gnosticism.... that is to say,
Gnosticism as it is historically defined (as well as directly related
historical movements and how we see them in our modern context). So,
while we do tend to fucus on the Nag Hammadi Library, the Pistis
Sophia, the Bruce Codex, and various fragments, we do sometimes talk
about non-Gnostic texts like the Kephelia, or even people like Philo,
Clement, Marcion... etc. Sometimes we have even compared modern
groups to Historical Gnosticism to see how close or far they are from
the traditional category, and we have talked about our own
experiences in life and how they may or may not be similar to these
ancient people (notice though that the traditional aspect is always
As far as disliking "having such a response", I don't know what to
say except that we do try to challenge each other a bit to reapply
our ideas to other contexts. To add to this, part of my job as
a "mod" here it to insert little questions now and again to help
maintain focus. Hope you will find the focus of this club interesting
even if you feel it is a bit constricting, or inversely challenging,
in some way.
While the technical definition that this club uses for "Gnosticism"
excludes any modern group from the actual category of "Gnostic", we
do have a number of people here who employ a wider definition and are
members of modern groups closely resembling historical Gnostic
groups. This is welcome as well, and if the group you are a member of
is similar to historical Gnosticism, you may find our historical
focus very interesting. Have fun!!!!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Danielle George"
> PMCV,this "club"
> I have not been a member for very long, I was not under the
> impression with the posts I had read that all members of
> were familiar with the allegory I had presented- I had attempted tocare
> feel the emotion of the group (reading posts)..and took special
> prior to posting, as not to offend or interupt a group in which I
> believed could posibly benefit myself and others.
> I have a large family (Seven Children) I am a business woman and
> Clergy of a Gnostic Church. You see, service to others keeps me
> very busy. I had taken special care in selecting this group, I
> belong to only a few.
> I read your Title and Description- I was not aware from your
> description or from the posts,that the group was only exploring a
> few texts? might I inquire as to which text so that I might be a
> party to the conversation. I dislike posting and having such a
- --- In email@example.com, Blissful Branches
> Thanks for clearing those things up for me. Aside from being newto the group, please note that I do need to do quite a bit of
reading. I also agree that Kundalini & Gnosticism are not two of the
same, but merely conveying that the Gospels Thomas and Philip had
certain qualities that remind me of Kundalini.
> Please be patient with me.
> All the best,
Forgive me for not looking back in the earlier messages, but I'm
hoping you were the one who had questions about how it was decided
which books made it into the Bible. Here's a link that covers the
I hate that it looks like you may have to cut and paste one letter to
make that work, but you may find it interesting enough to make it
worth the bother.