Pagans and Christians and Mark, Part I

Some people ask whether one can be both Pagan and Christian. If you think of Jesus as the Lord of Glory living somewhere up in Heaven who has a rule against belonging to any other faith, and if you define “Pagan” as meaning merely “non-Christian,” then, no, they could not overlap. However, there are Christopagans who manage it, by not defining the terms as being mutually exclusive. A Jesus who was a visionary Rabbi, who was probably married, who even still appears to some people, is a different s … [Read more...]

Interpreting the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife”

There have been many news stories (an excellent one can be found at theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/04/the-gospel-of-jesuss-wife-is-real-what-now/360487/) reporting that disinterested scholars have established that the fragment of papyrus which Karen King labeled the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” is as old as the other Coptic documents published as the Nag Hammadi Library in English. It now can be taken seriously as an historical document. The only new element in it is the words “Jesus said … [Read more...]

Resist the Koch brothers: Buying Chevron gas and Georgia Pacific paper helps them subvert our democracy.

The Koch Brothers and Koch Industries cannot treat American citizens as they do and still expect us to support their products. Please share this message widely. Much of their wealth comes from activities on a level that consumers cannot directly deal with, but if we can begin affecting their bottom line, they might start changing their minds.Koch Industry Gasoline:Chevron Union Union 76 ConocoKoch Industry/Georgia-Pacific Products:Angel Soft toilet paper Brawny paper … [Read more...]

Of Epistemology and the Varieties of Atheism

I’ve been working for the last 60 years on the complex of issues concerned with what we know—or think we know—and how we know it, which, of course, enlarges into the issues of the nature of consciousness, the differences and relationships between knowledge and belief, and the nature of reality—insofar as we are aware of reality, as distinct from what we think is reality. I think I’ve made a little progress.Lately there have been some well-publicized “debates” between proponents of doctrinaire … [Read more...]

Retrieving the Myth of Jesus and Sophia, Part II

Understanding what the actual theology of the classical Gnostics was about depends on understanding what they meant by the Greek term “Paston,” usually translated as “bridal chamber.” In context the term meant a type of experience, not to a physical location, so it is better translated as “sacred marriage,” a term whose connotations are much clearer to us. I have made great use in writing (and, at least once, in a blessed moment in real life) of the fact that, at the moment of uninhibited climax, … [Read more...]

Retrieving the Myth of Jesus and Sophia, Part I

In various previous blogs I have been pursuing the myth of Jesus and Sophia. I think of that myth as a palimpsest over the historical Joshua and Miriam, one that encoded the theology of the Marianite Christians, the name I am giving to the community in Alexandria that I think was founded by Mary Magdalene after she fled from Judea to escape from assassination by the Romans and their quislings.We have only fragments of that story. Suppose we had no text of Genesis 2-3, the story of Adam and … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder, 22: Conclusion of The Acts of Mary

XXIV.  Mary Brings the Good News to Gaul [Excerpts from The Acts of Mary as translated by C.T. Edwards, A. Healy, L. Moresco, and S. Weiss]We were fortunate for several years in our teaching of the good news to Jews and Greeks alike. Then some of the House of Shammai who had escaped to the city also began to tell the Romans that we had caused the uprising in Jerusalem. They told the other Israelites that  we had caused the uprising to fail and gave the victory to the Romans. So much s … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder, 21. Aquinas

XXIII.  Aquinas  The mind of the world is Zeus, and all things are besoul’d and full of spirits.ThalesThe ancient Poets animated all sensible objects with Gods or Geniuses . . . Till a system was formed, which some took advantage of and enslav’d the vulgar . . . thus began Priesthood, choosing forms of worship from poetic tales. And at length they pronounc’d that the Gods had ordered such things. Thus men forgot that all deities reside in the human breast.William Blake Walking into … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder, 20: The Flight to Egypt

[An excerpt from The Acts of Mary, as translated by C.T. Edwards, A. Healy, L. Moresco, and S. Weiss]XXII.After the council meeting, the brothers who preached to the Gentiles continued on their way. We continued on with ours, confident that we were keeping the mysteries he had taught us, no matter what the men students and the Gentiles might say.During the following years, as word came back to us of what Saul had continued teaching, I sorrowed that so many had been misled and could … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder, 18: The Contention of Mary and Saul

XX. From The Acts of Mary [Excerpts from The Acts of Mary as translated by C.T. Edwards, A. Healy, L. Moresco, and S. Weiss] My husband, Joshua, was not the most handsome man I had ever seen, but the power of his personality made up for that. He radiated confidence, joy, safety. We knew he was a true prophet who spoke with the voice of God. All men and women who heard him wanted to follow him, just to be near him, but he chose only a few as the ones to be with him and hear his deepest te … [Read more...]


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