DaVinci Code, Lost Gospels … the Lost

I’ve a confession to make: I am on my final pages of Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco (1988), which — so I hear — is the fictional forerunner of the plethora of recently published books which include Gnosticism, Knight’s Templar lore, Rosicrucianism, etc. A further confession: I’ve skipped about every 10th word due to ignorance :)

The above link’s article goes a long way in splashing some nice cold water on some old, old fires. (Speaking of old fires, some day I’ll have to recount my own days as a Gnostic wannabe. For now, it’s a secret :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01550176884070786090 Karl Thienes

    Father, we’d love to hear your story! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13767334011657735131 Huw Raphael

    Hmmm. I think a lot of us need to let our past out of the broom closet, if you’ll pardon the phrase. There’s a way out… some folks just need to be shown.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11429519080000541962 Fr Joseph Huneycutt

    Brooms? Closets? Gnostics? Gosh, I’m starting to feel like an Episcopalian again!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13767334011657735131 Huw Raphael

    Mm. 1988. well not really 20 years ago reading it… but I did read it in hardcovr – that thing was a BRICK in the book bag.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17028007138553305228 Jakob Smith

    Gnostic wannabe? That intriques me. Not because I am one myself, but because I think I know some of the kind who are interested in the orthodox Church. I can’t keep my thoughts together on the subject. Why are gnostic wannabes interested in the orthodox Church and when they are standing in the choice what convinces them in favour of the orthodox Church and viceversa? I believe that the Holy Spirit is the convincer and I don’t believe in arguments as convincers, but is it totally impossible to understand the gnostic wannabes choice?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09532652587966755939 james

    I used to want to believe stuff like that so I could discount Christianity and live whatever way I wanted to. Secular humanism, sin, depravity, etc., were what I wanted to justify. I never could succeed, though.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11429519080000541962 Fr Joseph Huneycutt

    Jakob,
    When I was in seminary [Episcopalian], I discovered Christian Mystics. That was, at the time, a saving grace for me. I still like to study Evelyn Underhill’s book, Mysticism, ever so often. The French mystic, Jean Pierre de Caussade, became my favorite of the genre. I learned, through learning of Christian mysticism, that one did not have to go outside the church or play with “hidden knowledge” to appreciate one’s experience in light of the Gospel and soteriology. Discovering that mysticism is not a separate “science” within Eastern Orthodoxy certainly helped smooth the path of my conversion.


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