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 admired writers and students on Gnosticism and early Christianity on Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio. those interviews with thirteen prime students characterize one of the simplest ways to get to grasp historical Gnosticism, the stream that has encouraged Dan Brown, Philip Pullman, Philip okay. Dick and The Matrix videos. learn what the simplest minds need to say in regards to 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 folks at the present time would favor them to be.”
Bruce Chilton, writer of ways of Jesus and Rabbi Paul

“Aeon Byte is likely one of the most enjoyable and far-seeing courses on this planet 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 historical culture of internal understanding and Jung and the misplaced Gospels

“An useful source for these attracted to the background 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 buddies may be delighted.”
Marvin Meyer, writer of The Gospel of Thomas: The Hidden Sayings of Jesus, The Gospels of Mary

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

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The Bible can be every thing we have now. An attempt is made to assert that the single information regarding Jesus in Thomas worthy whatever, is what Thomas took out of the Bible, and as a result Thomas is beside the point for brand new wisdom of Jesus. Others, together with myself, imagine Thomas has an attractive respectable declare to be approximately as authoritative for Jesus’ historic teachings because the biblical books are. a few of what's in Thomas’ gospel is self sustaining, real and real Jesus fabric, a few of it isn’t, and it should be looked after out. i'd say it truly is mistaken to claim that Thomas depends at the New testomony, and consequently with no major worth. MC: could you think about the Gospel of Thomas a few type of Gnostic gospel, or a few kind of Q record, or Q gospel? SD: I don’t imagine it’s a Gnostic paintings, within the feel within which we've got mentioned it during this dialog, with the descent of God into this international, God being trapped during this global and having to come out of this international, with a distinct damaging valuation in this global. Thomas doesn’t have whatever like that. in truth, Thomas contradicts that. Thomas talks in regards to the presence of the dominion of God on this planet, that the dominion is the following, the dominion is now, the dominion is inside you. There’s not one of the Gnostic competition to the realm and no obstacle with cosmology and the mythological origins of it. So, frankly, I don’t imagine it’s Gnostic. MC: that's actual, yet while, the key ebook of John, what i love approximately it's that you just placed a truly optimistic view on it, since you exhibit us that there's a plan set in position and everything’s ok through the complete mythology of the flood and the production of Adam, so if you happen to examine the key publication of John there's that sort of reassurance. SD: there's a rescue attempt happening, as though a person has fallen overboard into the ocean and should be dragged out. That’s what has occurred to the spirit of God, it has fallen into this global and should be dragged out. In Sethian Gnosticism it’s just a little questionable to whether this global exists in any respect. If the realm exists via a mistake at the a part of God, in different phrases, that Sophia the knowledge of God has made a cognitive blunders that introduced the area into being, then once we discover the misguided nature of the realm, it vanishes. this can be acknowledged very properly within the Gospel of fact . when you become aware of the reality, the mistake simply disappears, and the actual global is an errors. once you understand the reality, puff! the realm is long past. Which pertains to some extent to the Advaita philosophy of Hinduism, the place the area is an phantasm. MC: So if the Gospel of Thomas isn’t Gnostic within the similar means that the key ebook of John is, what's it quite approximately? Is it one other country of God sect? Or the place did they get their rules from precisely? SD: From the 1st couple of chapters of Genesis. the 1st bankruptcy is the seven days bankruptcy and God says every thing is sweet, and everything’s simply marvelous, after which God rests. No difficulties. bankruptcy starts off a special construction tale, from a distinct culture, one who includes the autumn.

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