Goddess Murder, 6: Beginning the Gospel of Mary

VIII. The Beginning of the Gospel According to Mary[Excerpt from the translation by C.T. Edwards, A. Healy, L. Moresco, and S. Wise]I, Mariamne, wife and apostle to Joshua, Mashiach by the grace of our Father and Mother in Heaven, to my beloved daughter, Sarah. This is the testament you and the others have asked me for, that my memories of your father, the Mashiach of our people, should not be lost and that his own teachings not be replaced by the fantasies of men who never knew him. All … [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 4: The Redemption of Sophia

VI. The Redemption of Sophia [Excerpt from The Gospel of Simon and Helen, as translated by S. Dugan.]The man lay on the ground, unable to stand. Sophia breathed her life into him, and he stood and walked. The angels became angry and turned on Sophia, say­ing, "Who is this that confounds us and interferes with us?"They began casting all their powers of darkness and ignorance upon Sophia, until she became confused, for she had spent so much of her own substance in the creation of the … [Read more...]

On the Novel as Simulation Modeling

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, my academic studies progressed from mathematics to poetry, then to theology. What tied those foci together is that each is a system for working with abstract symbols in order to generate maps of possible realities, something like Marianne Moore’s description of poetry as imaginary gardens with real toads in them. Likewise, I conceive of a genuine novel—that is, a story that is genuinely novel—as a simulation model of an alternative history, which sometimes turns … [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 2)

II. Destruction[From the Poetic Epistemologies of Apollo.]They tied her to the tree, and lit the fire.You taste its ashes in your mouth.No one tree escapes the forest fire.Abandoned hills erode, stones topple,No one dances, and fires are not allowed. Not just the tree, not just the seed:The ground itself has been destroyed.The smoking silence pales the barren sun. Summer solstice comes and, measured, goes.Midsummer brings no terror, … [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...]

On My Love for Sophia, Our Lady of Wisdom and Mercy

It is common to suppose that knowledge is not wisdom, but just what is the difference between them? Mapping knowledge is easy enough: mathematics, science, humanities, social studies (they should be scholarly, but they are not sciences), then dividing them into categories, subcategories, and so on, down to a subncategory small enough that one can know everything relevant to that tiny slice of reality. That is the ambition of almost every academic researcher. But as a result, said researcher … [Read more...]


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