Goddess Murder, 13: The Other Two Gospels

XV. The Work Continues, 4  As the caterpillar chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys.William Blake “Seamus, what can you tell us about this Gaelic gospel?” I asked.“It is a translation of a gospel originally composed in Greek,” Seamus replied. “I’m not as familiar with all the Gnostic writings as some of you, but the story told here goes back to the era of Jesus, more or less.”“Is it about Simon Magus?” I asked.“Yes, b … [Read more...]

Deity Is Also Outside the Circle

When I grew up Catholic in the 1950s, Jesus was always the Lord of Glory, somewhere up there. We didn’t even pray to him, only to his mother. Nice Jewish girl, she could guilt-trip him, right? After the Holy Spirit booted me out of Catholicism in order to save my life (that’s one way of describing an indescribable experience), I soon discovered the myth of Aradia and became fascinated (still am) with the concept of the Divine as Feminine. Some of my reading was about Jesus, Christian origins, Gno … [Read more...]

On Not Buying into Ancient Propaganda

When I was working on Gnostic and New Testament Studies and stuff like that at the GTU in the 1970s, there was one especially important book I could not get hold of: the Panarion (“Medicine Chest for Heresies”) by Epiphanius (d. A.D. 403).  More precisely, I could not find a translation of it. The Greek text I could find, in Professor Migne’s collection of all the writings by the Church Fathers, in Greek and in Latin, from many centuries. Not a vast number of libraries own the complete set of abo … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder, 5: The Work Begins

VII. The Work Begins  To Zeus all things are beautiful, just, and good, but men have supposed some things to be just, others unjust.At eight o'clock on Saturday night, I walked up the steps to Brendan and Megan’s house on the hillside behind the campus, the sort of Tudorish half-timbered mansion you might expect a college professor with lots of kids to have. The members of the ad hoc translating committee were already filling the circle of overstuffed chairs and couches in Megan’s li … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder (Episode 3)

V. Burgled By the will of Fortune all things are conscious. . . . At times Love makes one out of many; at others, Strife makes many out of one.  EmpedoclesAfter the Jesuit community Mass in Bob's honor, I went up to my office. Opening the door, I gazed upon chaos. All the drawers in the desk and file cabinet were open. Paper was strewn everywhere. All the books on my shelves had been swept onto the floor. At least paint and ink hadn’t been poured on everything.I went downstairs, told Sh … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder: A Tale of Love, Witches, and Gnostics (Episode 1)

 [I’ve been posting on here only about once a week recently. I enjoy this, I’m able to have people see my writing, I think what I’m writing is important, but it is hard to find or justify the time when I’m dealing with issues like, “It’s more sensible to pay the electric bill rather than the cable bill. Internet won’t work anyway without electricity.” In theory I could earn money from this—if I had three times as many hits per month. But, of course, what I write doesn’t have the entertainment val … [Read more...]

More Wisdom & Wisecracks of the Old Ones

Hermes Trismegistos, X, 24-25: Humans are being divine in nature,  comparable not to other living creatures on the Earth, but to the Gods in Heaven. Indeed, if we speak truly and fearlessly, a person who is indeed truly human is superior to the Gods in Heaven, or at least equal to them in power. None of the Gods of Heaven will ever quit Heaven, pass its boundaries, or come down to Earth, but humans ascend to Heaven and measure it. What’s more, they mount to Heaven without quitting the Earth, to … [Read more...]

Wisdom & Wisecracks of the Old Ones

“No Greek sacrifices an elephant or a camel to the Gods—because Greece does not produce camels or elephants.” That’s Porphyry, quoting someone much smarter than himself. It explains a great deal about religion in general.Once someone asked Victor Anderson why he used a red tablecloth on the altar. He replied, “Because I had a red tablecloth.” “Beware lest these teachings be divulged to uneducated people. For dew teachings sound more ridiculous to the ignorant  . . . or more profound to the … [Read more...]

The Queen Who Is Hidden in the Gospels, Part II

At the end of Part I, I asked, Would the people in Jesus’ time have known who the Queen of Heaven was? Yes, they certainly would have, but to see why, we must look at how the state religion of the Kingdom of Judah (which therefore came to be called Judaism) was founded and at the career of the prophet Jeremiah. The full history of the founding of Judaism can become a very long story, which I will save for another time. Here I want to touch upon only the details relevant for answering that q … [Read more...]

On Gnosticism, the Book of Shadows, and Sex

I received a few days ago my monthly statistical report from Patheos on how many hits I received last month, total, per day, per blog, etc. My total has been running just under 5,000. If I get up to 12,500, I start getting paid (hint, hint). It was interesting to see that the greatest number of hits were on two blogs: “On Jesus as a Gnostic” and “Some New Pages for the Book of Shadows.” I suppose I might garner some more hits if I expand upon those particular topics. I also see I’ve written somew … [Read more...]


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