Divinity as Filter

David Brin shared a free short story of his on his blog, “Reality Check” from his book Insistence of Vision. I've been meaning to mention it here for a while. It explores the notion that “deification” might be a “filter” that explains why we have not encountered other intelligent species. Read the story to find [Read More…]

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Exploring the Matrix and the Mandaeans

The second half of my Talk Gnosis interview is now available as a podcast (and the video is available to subscribers, who will get to see me put on my Fourth Doctor scarf at the end of the discussion, when the conversation turns from the Mandaeans to classic Doctor Who. Click through to have a listen, on [Read More…]

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Fifty Shades of God

The above graphic came to my attention on Facebook. I appreciate attempts to introduce nuance into discussions of beliefs and views. The above does better than the “Dawkins Scale.” But the color coding doesn’t seem like it is going to be useful. Can you imagine the conversations? “You’re indigo on the existence of God? As [Read More…]

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Nag Hammadi at Early Christian Writings

As Peter Kirby mentioned on his blog a few days ago, he has added the Nag Hammadi Gnostic texts to his wonderfully useful website, Early Christian Writings. Mike Grondin has now added two lists of those materials to his Gospel of Thomas website: one listing the Nag Hammadi texts alphabetically by name, the other listing [Read More…]

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Cain, Abel, and Mario Kart

There is a Tumblr called “Facts I Just Made Up” which includes a lot of outlandish explanations of photos. It also includes this rather unique false but funny claim related to Gnostic interpretation of the Bible: [Read more…]

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Images of Extracanonical Manuscripts Needed

I know there are readers of this blog whose expertise and connections range far and wide, and so I hope you won’t mind me appealing to you for assistance. Does anyone have or know of images of  manuscripts of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary (Berlin Codex) that can be found [Read More…]

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Pre-Christian Gnosticism and Christology

Larry Hurtado posted recently about his talk on “fallacies and fashions” in New Testament studies. One fashionable fallacy he focused on is the notion of a pre-Christian Gnostic redeemer myth, as was posited by the History of Religion School in the 20th century. As Hurtado mentions, Carsten Colpe (in Die religionsgeschichtliche Schule: Darstellung und Kritik [Read More…]

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Forthcoming Book of Interest

Acumen Publishing has released Histories of the Hidden God: Concealment and Revelation in Western Gnostic, Esoteric and Mystical Traditions, edited by April DeConick and Grant Adamson. It looks to be a very interesting volume, and I hope to get a chance to read and review it in the not-too-distant future. Here is a description provided [Read More…]

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Mary Magdalene Resources

Anthony LeDonne mentioned on his blog that he has a new book coming out: The Wife of Jesus: Ancient Texts and Modern Scandals. I think the cover, with a woman whose face is obscured, is very clever. Mark Mattison has made an interlinear version of the Gospel of Mary available on the Gospel of Thomas [Read More…]

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Alin Suciu’s Thesis Online

Alin Suciu has successfully defended his dissertation – and I wish him heartfelt congratulations! He has kindly made the dissertation available on his blog. It is on the text often referred to as “The Gospel of the Savior” but which Alin emphasizes is not rightly placed in the Gospel genre. Hence the title of his [Read More…]

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The Mandaean Refugee Crisis

The last two presentations were by Erica Hunter and by Layla al-Roomi and another Mandaean, and they focused on the situation of Mandaeans today. Mandaeans face discrimination and persecution in their historic homelands in Iran and Iran, and in the diaspora they face the difficulty of trying to preserve their heritage when they may have [Read More…]

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