On the Necessity of Awakening

I have settled on the term Awakening as the best label so far for this sort of experience, which has been variously called Mystic, Conversion, Cosmic Consciousness, Enlightenment, etc., all of which are misleading. Awakening is a neutral term; the experience does feel like waking from sleep; and, more importantly, that is the term used for it in both the New Testament and the Gnostic writings. [Read more...]

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A Request and Previews

A request for positive reviews of this blog, and some previews of upcoming posts. [Read more...]

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The Letter to Theophilus, Part I

My dear Theophilus, all the brothers and sisters send you greetings in the name of the Lord and the Lady. I will endeavor to answer your questions concerning the teachings of our founders and of all who have preserved the true mysteries of our faith. [Read more...]

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Preview of “The Letter to Theophilus”

The “Gnostics” were radically dualistic and radically ascetic, but they were not the only variety of “heresy” in the ancient and medieval worlds. [Read more...]

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Marvin Meyer, 1948-2012

Going looking for old friends on the Net and discovering that they have passed on has become all too frequent these days: mourning Marvin Meyer. [Read more...]

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The Gnostic Bible: A Review

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I think it logically impossible for Rabbi Joshua (commonly known as Jesus) to have believed or taught that our sexuality is sinful rather than our most precious gift. [Read more...]

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Taking Responsibility for Feelings

I see that an all-male court in Iowa has ruled that an employer can fire a woman merely because he finds her attractive. The dentist who fired her argued that he was defending family values because she was a threat to his marriage. It is almost depressing to see here the same problem that Rabbi Joshua of Nazareth preached against 2000 years ago. [Read more...]

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Goddess Murder

My novel Goddess Murder is essentially a love story, about the romance between a college professor and a hereditary Witch, and how it is set off when the professor receives three apocryphal gospels smuggled out of the Vatican library by a Jesuit colleague who is then murdered. [Read more...]

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Jesus, No, but Joshua’s a Different Story

A Pagan Almanac for August 1 & 2, 2012 Lunar Cycle: August 1 — Fourth day of the full Moon August 2 – Fifth day of the full Moon (astronomical full Moon) Rome: August 1, Kalends, sacred to Juno Athens: Hekatombaion 14 Hekatombaion 15, sacred to Selene Martyred on August 1 in 1595: Volkart Dirxsen [Read More...]

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