Voices of Gnosticism: Interviews with Elaine Pagels, Marvin Meyer, Bart Ehrman, Bruce Chilton and Other Leading Scholars

By Miguel Conner

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For numerous years, Miguel Conner has engaged the main well known writers and students on Gnosticism and early Christianity on Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio. those interviews with thirteen major students signify one of the simplest ways to get to grasp historic Gnosticism, the circulation that has encouraged Dan Brown, Philip Pullman, Philip ok. Dick and The Matrix video clips. learn what the simplest minds need to say concerning the Gnostic sects, the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Judas, Mary Magdalene, heresy, the origins of Gnosticism, and the unique teachings of Jesus.

Interviews with:
Elaine Pagels, Marvin Meyer, Bart Ehrman, Bruce Chilton, Stevan Davies, David Fideler, Birger Pearson, John Turner, Einar Thomassen, Jason BeDuhn, April DeConick, Karen King, Jane Schaberg.

“Gets on the Gnostics as they have been, now not as many of us this day would favor them to be.”
Bruce Chilton, writer of how of Jesus and Rabbi Paul

“Aeon Byte is likely one of the most enjoyable and far-seeing courses on the earth of Webcasting.”
Richard Smoley, writer of Forbidden religion, The cube online game of Shiva, and internal Christianity

“A nice aid to all who own an curiosity in and/or devotion to the Gnostic culture. Warmly recommended!”
Stephan Hoeller, writer of Gnosticism: New gentle at the old culture of internal realizing and Jung and the misplaced Gospels

“An priceless source for these attracted to the heritage and carrying on with relevance of Gnosticism.”
Sean Martin, writer of The Gnostics: the 1st Christian Heretics, The Cathars, and The Knights Templar

“Sophia and her aeonic pals might be delighted.”
Marvin Meyer, writer of The Gospel of Thomas: The Hidden Sayings of Jesus, The Gospels of Mary

“You are protecting on your fingers a Gnostic gem, a publication that includes the wealthy knowledge of 13 world-renowned students who learn Gnosticism and the classical world.”
April D. DeConick, writer of The 13th Apostle

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What i spotted too, while i used to be examining your chapters on Satornilus, the 1st Christian Gnostic, and studying a few on Basilides, isn’t it real that many Gnostics didn't think that salvation or Gnosis used to be for everybody? a few humans obtained it and a few didn’t, and a few humans didn’t also have the divine spark inside them. B P : That’s correct. That’s quite the case in Valentinianism, at the least as it’s interpreted via the traditional Christian fathers, and a few students nonetheless carry to that view, that the Valentinians believed that yes humans had no skill to accomplish Gnosis, at the foundation in their make-up. Now, it may be argued that what appears like predestination at the a part of those Valentinian theologians was once not anything greater than the type of predestination doctrine you discover within the Bible—that can be argued. the final word evidence as to if anyone is kept or now not is on the finish whilst she or he dies, no matter if you get Gnosis or no longer. So that’s the last word evidence, if anyone achieves Gnosis. MC: Do you notice any texts within the Nag Hammadi library that time to a couple humans having no souls and a few humans having souls? BP: There’s a passage within the Apocryphon of John that’s kind of a catechism that describes the type of humans, and you'll interpret that catechism to suggest there are humans whose nature is eventually one of those perdition. as a minimum, that might simply be a wrinkle on old Jewish and Christian ideals, that a few everyone is kept and others no longer. MC: you furthermore mght name Sethian Gnosticism “classic Gnosticism” on your publication, why is that, Birger? BP: good, really, that’s a time period I borrowed from Bentley Layton in his publication The Gnostic Scriptures, and that i discuss with this in translations in numerous chapters in my booklet. He refers to that crew of individuals and team of ideals pointed out by means of Irenaeus as vintage Gnosticism. loads of instances this is often now known via students as Sethian Gnosticism purely simply because Nag Hammadi texts, specially the Apocryphon of John, have many parallels to the type of mythological method defined through Irenaeus in these chapters, in e-book one, chapters 29-31. Irenaeus by no means refers to Sethians in any respect, and the single cause that students confer with this as Sethianism is to return to a few approach of designating Gnostics who consult with themselves because the seed of Seth or the iteration of Seth, or the youngsters of Seth etc, in a religious experience, simply because it’s transparent that the biblical Seth son of Adam performs an drastically large position in that workforce of texts that students confer with as Sethian. So Sethian texts are the texts which are relating to these smaller variety of texts that Bentley Layton often called vintage Gnosticism. MC: And isn’t Seth rather than Jesus the mediator determine, the bringer of Gnosis? BP: Yeah, and in Christian models of Sethian Gnosticism, Seth looks in heritage as person who places on Jesus, that's, he is incarnated in a few experience within the determine of Jesus. in order that in Christian Sethianism, Seth appears to be like finally as Jesus. MC: Do you spot this as an evolution from Seth to Jesus, or do you certainly see that they have been initially approximately Seth and so they have been later Christianized within the moment and 3rd centuries?

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