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  • Time to face facts: Pope Francis agrees with the doctrinal assessment of LCWR (Fishwrap)

    05/14/2014 4:13:34 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 2 replies
    National Catholic Reporter (Fishwrap) ^ | May 13, 2014 | Jamie Manson
    On May 9, 2013, I wrote the following headline: "For LCWR, the more the papacy changes, the more it stays the same." One year later, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, sadly, has confirmed my suspicions. I wrote the headline after the head of the doctrinal congregation, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, announced that the newly elected pope had affirmed the findings of the doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. At that point, Francis' papacy had barely hit the two-month mark. Many saw hopeful signs that the Vatican would soon undergo substantive changes and that the whole...
  • Sympathy For The Devil

    04/01/2014 10:08:06 AM PDT · by My hearts in London - Everett · 9 replies
    Dr. Brian Mattson :The Website: ^ | March 31, 2014 | Dr. Brian Mattson
    In Darren Aronofsky’s new star-gilt silver screen epic, Noah, Adam and Eve are luminescent and fleshless, right up until the moment they eat the forbidden fruit. Such a notion isn’t found in the Bible, of course. This, among the multitude of Aronofsky’s other imaginative details like giant Lava Monsters, has caused many a reviewer’s head to be scratched. Conservative-minded evangelicals write off the film because of the “liberties” taken with the text of Genesis, while a more liberal-minded group stands in favor of cutting the director some slack. After all, we shouldn’t expect a professed atheist to have the same...
  • ‘Son Of God’ Veers Toward Gnostic Heresy

    03/12/2014 3:25:50 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 26 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 10, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Full Title: ‘Son Of God’ Veers Toward Gnostic Heresy. The film gives oxygen to a claim early church leaders denounced as historically and theologically false. ________________________________________________ To judge from the controversy sparked by early screenings of Russell Crowe’s Noah, Hollywood directors walk on thin ice when they start tinkering with the details of the Bible for the sake of a movie. Son of God, a movie about the life of Jesus Christ, has met with a better reception from Christians in part because producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey worked assiduously to enlist the support of religious leaders and denominations...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Gnosticism

    10/28/2012 6:50:02 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Gnosticism 1245. What was Gnosticism? Gnosticism arose in the second century, being a blend of Greek philosophy and pagan mythology with Christian doctrine. It split up into many independent heresies such as Marcionism and Montanism, and lingered on until about the seventh century. The history of most of these heresies is much the same. Protected by civil authority in many cases, each became fairly widespread, or even very widespread; then split up into warring sections, and eventually died out, or lingered on in a state of stagnation. Encoding copyright 2009 by Frederick Manligas Nacino. Some rights reserved. Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No...
  • Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection

    09/09/2012 8:00:06 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 105 replies
    This work was originally published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol. 27, No. 3, Fall 1994, pp. 117-194. The paper received considerable notice, and in 1995 the Mormon History Association recognized Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection with its annual award for the best article in Mormon studies. [snip] The one thing about which we might all agree concerning Joseph Smith is that he was not the usual sort of person. He did not approach life itself--or his religious commitment--in a usual way. Yet the character of our historical investigation of Joseph Smith and his times has...
  • Why Premillennialism Mattered in the Early Church’s Battle against Gnosticism

    06/15/2012 2:12:00 PM PDT · by wmfights · 14 replies
    Theological Studies ^ | Michael J. Vlach, Ph.D.
    Discussions about eschatology and millennial views are sometimes dogged by questions about their importance and practical relevance.1 Yet early church history shows that belief in a particular millennial view, in this case premillennialism, was no small thing. In fact, it was a major weapon in the early church’s battle against the greatest enemy to Christianity of that era— Gnosticism. Donald Fairbairn argues this point in his article, “Contemporary Millennial/Tribulational Debates.”2 Fairbairn is a professor of historical theology at Erskine Theological Seminary and earned his doctorate in patristics from the University of Cambridge. I would like to summarize some of Fairbairn’s...
  • 'Gospel of Barnabas' Will Trigger Collapse of Christianity, Claims Iran

    05/25/2012 2:29:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/25/2012 | By Ivana Kvesic
    The worldwide collapse of Christianity is set to take place due to a purported Gospel of Barnabas, claims an Iranian newspaper. But Christians have dismissed the claims, describing them as "laughable." The text was discovered 12 years ago in an anti-smuggling sting in Turkey, and Iranian news outlet Basij claims it says Jesus was never crucified and that he was not the Son of God. The paper also argues that in the text Jesus himself predicts the coming of Muhammad. The text was written in Syriac on animal hide, and Basij argues that it was written in the 5th or...
  • Iran: Discovery will collapse Christianity

    05/25/2012 9:35:23 AM PDT · by null and void · 53 replies
    WND ^ | 5/21/12 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran’s Basij Press is claiming a purported Gospel of Barnabas, discovered in 2000, will prove that Islam is the final and righteous religion, causing the collapse worldwide of Christianity. In the Barnabas text held by Turkey, chapter 41 states: “God has hidden himself as Archangel Michael ran them (Adam and Eve) out of heaven, (and) when Adam turned, he noticed that at top of the gateway to heaven, it was written ‘La elah ela Allah, Mohamad rasool Allah,’” meaning Allah is the only God and Muhammad his prophet. According to the Barnabas Gospel in Turkey’s hands, Jesus was never crucified,...
  • End Time: How Christians Lose

    02/03/2011 11:38:35 PM PST · by RJR_fan · 198 replies
    youtube ^ | Feb. 3, 2011 | "Molotov" Mitchell
    Molotov Mitchell hits another one out of the ballpark! Click HERE.
  • Demonic Nothingness: Gnostic Liberalism's Eternal 'Equality' in Hell

    09/03/2009 4:52:50 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 104 replies · 1,851+ views
    Renew America ^ | Sept. 2, 2009 | Linda Kimball
    In his article, "How to Argue with (Guilty) Liberals," Carey Roberts wrote, "Like a demanding and ill-mannered child, liberals are used to getting their way. Whenever they lapse into the losing side of an argument, they reflexively resort to name-calling and mud-slinging. Epithets like "neo-Nazi," "crypto-fascist," and "imperialist stooge" buzz like mosquitoes hovering over a Potomac swamp. But how many conservatives who are targets of such slurs know these liberals are indulging in one of the greatest intellectual ruses in history? How many realize it's a matter of the red-faced pot calling the kettle black?" ( In response to Carey's...
  • Join the Celebration Website Tonight (5-7-08) (REIGNDOWN)

    05/07/2008 1:07:54 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 2 replies · 45+ views
    ReignDown USA ^ | 5-7-08 | ReignDown USA
    5.7.08 Join the Celebration Webcast Tonight Tonight from 6:30-8:00 PM Arizona time, we'll be having a time of celebration at Community Church of Joy in Glendale, AZ. This will be an exciting time to discuss the 4.26.08 experience, hear stories of what God has begun in the hearts of many across the nation, and begin to pray, "What next, Lord?" If you're in Arizona, please join us at CCOJ, Loop 101 & 75th Avenue! Otherwise you can join us via live webcast by clicking here. Interact with us! We will be answering your questions during the celebration, so please feel...
  • The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene

    03/29/2008 8:24:03 PM PDT · by hanfei · 96 replies · 1,110+ views
    Chapter 4 (Pages 1 to 6 of the manuscript, containing chapters 1 - 3, are lost. The extant text starts on page 7...) . . . Will matter then be destroyed or not? 22) The Savior said, All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another, and they will be resolved again into their own roots. 23) For the nature of matter is resolved into the roots of its own nature alone. 24) He who has ears to hear, let him hear. 25) Peter said to him, Since you have explained everything to us, tell us this...
  • Harry Potter and "the Death of God" - by Michael D. O'Brien

    08/23/2007 11:02:38 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 96 replies · 2,336+ views ^ | August 20, 2007 | Michael O'Brien
    Harry Potter and "the Death of God" - by Michael D. O'Brien Special to Editor's Note:, the news service which first put online the letter signed by Cardinal Ratzinger - now Pope Benedict XVI - against the Harry Potter books, is proud to present Michael O'Brien's latest essay on the Potter series.  The author, North America's foremost Potter critic, has written many articles that analyze in detail the Harry Potter novels. Here he reflects on the significance of the series as a whole. Well, July 21st has come and gone and the world is muggling onward. The date,...
  • Gnosticism at the root of terrorist worldview

    06/27/2007 11:04:20 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 15 replies · 334+ views
    Terrorism-inspiring "cosmic war" notion Gnostic in origin. Folks, I've been reading Exploring Religious Conflict, a paper published by the RAND Corporation's National Security Research Division, in which the authors discuss the implications of "cosmic war" for the formulation of policy. The authors—Gregory Treverton, Heather S. Gregg, Daniel Gibran, and Charles W. Yost—borrowed the phrase "cosmic war" from sociologist Mark Juergensmeyer, who defines "cosmic war" as a "larger than life confrontation" in which divine battles between Good and Evil are believed to be occurring here and now. Terrorists, affirm the authors, are imbued with this mentality and see themselves as soldiers...
  • ‘Explorer: The Secret Lives of Jesus,’ Dec. 17, National Geographic Channel

    12/16/2006 5:18:34 AM PST · by NYer · 93 replies · 1,495+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | December 8, 2006 | David DiCerto
    Last April, the National Geographic Society made headlines with a completed translation of the second century gnostic text known as the Gospel of Judas – financed by the society and heavily promoted with tie-in books and a TV documentary – that would challenge Christianity's traditional understanding of the relationship between Jesus and his betrayer.Its new special, "The Secret Lives of Jesus," makes similar sensational claims, airing as part of the "Explorer" series Sunday, Dec. 17, 9-10 p.m. EST on cable's National Geographic Channel. Despite its provocative title, however, the program – as with the Judas expose – provides no explosive...
  • Semper Gnosticism!

    12/12/2006 1:52:29 PM PST · by Gamecock · 12 replies · 299+ views
    Reformation Theology ^ | December 9, 2006 | Eric Costa
    "Semper Gnosticism!" This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our...
  • BANNED FROM THE BIBLE The Stories That Were Deleted From Biblical History

    06/16/2006 6:26:23 PM PDT · by restornu · 60 replies · 1,223+ views
    BANNED FROM THE BIBLE The Stories That Were Deleted From Biblical History When Jesus was a boy, did he kill another child? Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute -- or an apostle? Did Cain commit incest? Will there be an apocalypse or is this God's trick to scare us? The answers to these questions aren't found in the Bible as we know it, but they exist in scriptures banned when powerful leaders deemed them unacceptable for reasons both political and religious. BANNED FROM THE BIBLE reveals some of these alternative tales and examines why they were "too hot for Christianity." The...
  • Brief Analysis of the Gospel of Judas Updated

    05/30/2006 11:53:28 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 4 replies · 236+ views
    Folks, I have updated the consolidated PDF version of my Brief Analysis of the Gospel of Judas. I think I have removed the most egregious typos, blunders, expression errors and barbarisms that crept into the text while I typed at all due speed. That's the price sometimes we have to pay for "combat writing." You may download the updated version from the blogpost. That way I can keep track of the approximate number of downloads. Thanks!
  • Secrecy, suppressing truth for fun, profit

    05/24/2006 8:56:03 PM PDT · by formercalifornian · 4 replies · 218+ views
    AberdeenAmericanNews ^ | May. 23, 2006 | Art Marmorstein
    At roughly the same time Christianity began to spread in the Roman world, another belief system was spreading almost as rapidly, a religious philosophy we call Gnosticism. Gnosticism takes its name from the Greek "gnosis," a word that means knowledge. But the Gnostics didn't have in mind ordinary human knowledge. They claimed to possess a deep, hidden knowledge - a knowledge denied to the rest of us ordinary human beings. The Gnostics believed in one ultimate god. But they believed that below that god there were a vast number of intermediate spiritual powers they referred to as archons, "rulers." Now...
  • Onward Gnostic soldier

    05/19/2006 5:56:50 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 23 replies · 993+ views
    WORLD ^ | 5/20/06 | Marvin Olasky
    Gnosticism is probably hotter now than it has been since—well, over 1,500 years ago. As The Da Vinci Code hits movie theaters and probably extends its three-year run on the New York Times bestselling fiction list, Gnostic books like The Gospel of Judas and The Lost Gospel are also prominent on nonfiction bestseller charts. Peter Jones, professor of New Testament at Westminster Seminary California and director of Christian Witness to a Pagan Planet ( is the author of The Gnostic Empire Strikes Back and other books that critique anti-Christian doctrines, including Cracking Da Vinci's Code (Cook Communications) and the newly...
  • Analysis of the "gospel of Judas" now available in PDF

    04/25/2006 5:20:12 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 7 replies · 289+ views
    Folks, the three-part analysis of the gospel of Judas which was published recently in Vivificat! has now being consolidated into one single Adobe Acrobat PDF file. You may download it from here. If you find this file worthy of dissemination, please, share it far and wide with family, friends, and acquaintances.
  • Bearer of Bad News: A brief analysis of the so-called “Gospel of Judas" — Conclusion

    04/21/2006 7:52:05 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 4 replies · 452+ views
    The Gnostic Jabberwocky Jabbers and JabbersI'm sure you're probably familiar with Lewis Carroll's poem, Jabberwocky. Here are the first two verses, so that you get the taste of it: `Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. "Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!"You may read the whole thing here if you wish, and follow the witty discussion about here. But I digress. What I am saying is that Gnosticism...
  • Dissecting The Gnostic Gospels

    04/21/2006 12:27:08 PM PDT · by jennivinson · 3 replies · 345+ views
    1440 KEYS A Radio ^ | April 21, 2006 | Jenni Vinson Trejo
    Dissecting the Gnostic Gospels By Jenni Vinson Trejo April 21, 2006 During the third century, the Christian church cast out the writings of a heretic sect of “Christians” who claimed to be the keepers of knowledge, the Gnostics. These Gnostics claimed that they had found God within themselves and that they held the truth about God. The Gnostics wrote their own version of accounts regarding Jesus and his followers. They eventually had to bury their papyrus books to keep the Christian church from destroying them for being blasphemous. Those documents, discovered in 1946 at Nag Hammadi in Egypt, disclose a...
  • Analysis of the "gospel of Judas" — Part II

    04/20/2006 6:26:03 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 3 replies · 1,173+ views
    Judas' confession displaces Peter's in the "gospel" of JudasWe're all familiar with St. Peter's Confession of Faith. It is preserved in the Gospel according to St. Matthew, Chapter 16, verses 13-19: And Jesus came into the quarters of Cesarea Philippi: and he asked his disciples, saying: Whom do men say that the Son of man is? But they said: Some John the Baptist, and other some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets. Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living...
  • Bearer of Bad News: A brief analysis of the so-called “Gospel of Judas"

    04/18/2006 5:04:41 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 12 replies · 354+ views
    This is Part 1 of 3. The word "Gospel" means "good news," the message concerning Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvation, yet in the so-called "gospel of Judas" we only find bad news. In it we find a Jesus who is out of character with the one we find in the canonical Gospels; a Jesus who teaches "secret knowledge," who dismisses the Eucharist, and shows a condescending, even hostile attitude towards his Apostles. In this "gospel," Jesus denies the God of the Church, ranks Judas above the other Apostles, and embraces a Gnostic cosmology at odds with Judaeo-Christianity. This...
  • Christian mavericks find affirmation in ancient heresies

    04/15/2006 11:36:25 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 56 replies · 517+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 4/14/06 | G. Jeffrey MacDonald
    When the Rev. John Buehrens gives his Easter sermon this Sunday, he'll borrow a page from an unlikely source: the Gospel of Judas. The gnostic text, unveiled by scholars with fanfare last week, portrays Jesus Christ as an enigmatic guru who venerates Judas, teaching him secret accounts of creation and approving his imminent betrayal. Many Christians might find that offensive, or, like Mr. Buehrens of Unitarian First Parish in Needham, Mass., silly. But as an emblem of Christianity's long tradition of dissenting voices, the text is for him an inspiration nonetheless. "An awful lot of what passes for orthodoxy today...
  • Traitor or ally: gospel sheds new light on Judas (New ancient manuscript found)

    04/06/2006 12:41:01 PM PDT · by Justice · 171 replies · 3,878+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | Apr 6, 2006 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Lost for almost 1,700 years, a manuscript entitled "Gospel of Judas" is putting a new spin on the case of the biblical bad guy, maintaining that Jesus actually asked disciple Judas to betray him. The third- or fourth-century ancient Coptic manuscript -- authenticated, translated and displayed Thursday at National Geographic headquarters here -- paints a different picture of Judas and Jesus. The papyrus manuscript known as a codex maintains, as the bible does not, that Jesus requested that Judas "betray" him by handing him to authorities, something it says pained Judas greatly."The codex has been authenticated as...
  • 'Da Vinci Code' Revives Dispute over Who Mary Magdalene Was

    04/03/2006 6:39:33 AM PDT · by xzins · 73 replies · 725+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Richard Ostling
    'Da Vinci Code' Revives Dispute over Who Mary Magdalene Was Monday, Mar. 20, 2006 Posted: 4:16:19PM EST Redeemed sinner, prostitute, wife of Jesus? Mary Magdalene's image has gone through myriad incarnations over the centuries, and this Lenten season, she's drawing new attention thanks to the upcoming movie version of "The Da Vinci Code," a slew of books and Internet arguments. But those looking for a salacious side to the biblical figure will be disappointed: Serious religious scholars agree that characterizations that stray from faithful disciple and witness to the Resurrection are bogus. Despite stage and screen portrayals, they say, the...
  • Novel claims painter portrayed founder of Church as a traitor (Leonardo's "Last Supper")

    02/05/2006 9:54:40 AM PST · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 586+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 2/5/06 | Roya Nikkhah
    A new novel, based "90 per cent on historical facts", depicts Leonardo Da Vinci as a heretic who painted his own face into The Last Supper, and claims that the painting portrays Saint Peter as a traitor and carries a blasphemous message. The Secret Supper, which has sold more than 500,000 copies in Europe, is set to rival The Da Vinci Code for conspiracy theories about one of the most famous figures in art history. The novel portrays Da Vinci as a Cathar, a member of a gnostic sect outlawed by the Roman Catholic Church. The story, which is being...
  • Early Christianity expert Pagels to speak in E.N. Thompson Forum

    09/14/2005 12:36:37 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 11 replies · 287+ views
    University of Nebraska News ^ | 9-14-05 | University of Nebraska
    Elaine Pagels, an internationally renowned scholar of early Christianity and Gnostic manuscripts, will deliver the talk "Beyond Belief: A Different View of Christianity" at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St.
  • New Age and the Da Vinci Code: Revisiting Gnosticism

    07/05/2005 6:58:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies · 423+ views ^ | 07-05-05 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio
    by Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. Other Articles by Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. New Age and the Da Vinci Code: Revisiting Gnosticism 07/05/05 For nearly a generation, the New Age movement has been importing exotic religious ideas from the East into middle-class America. For the past couple of years, a best-selling novel, supposedly based on the authority of a secret tradition, has painted for many a picture of Jesus far different than what we read in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. In This Article...A Diverse MovementChristian Gnostics?The New Age- DaVinci Connection A Diverse Movement Qoheleth said it well: “What has been is what will...
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    05/18/2005 12:13:17 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 4 replies · 418+ views
    Resurrection ^ | 1997 | The Rev. George Byron Koch
    "It is difficult to resist the conclusion that there is a death wish at work at the heart of our civilization... our theologians dismantle the structure of belief they exist to expound and promote."  –Malcolm Muggeridge, Eternity, April 1972 Muggeridge, a world-famous English journalist who became a Christian late in his life, was prophetic as he saw the coming remaking of the core of the Christian faith by its very leaders. We might wonder if he could have imagined how far the faith could be taken apart!The problem is this: many of our modern theologians, clergy and seminaries are remaking...
  • Why the 'Lost Gospels' Lost Out

    01/19/2005 1:47:22 PM PST · by Unam Sanctam · 25 replies · 525+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | June 2004 | Ben Witherington III
    Home > Christianity Today Magazine > Faith & Thought > History Christianity Today, June 2004 Why the 'Lost Gospels' Lost Out Recent gadfly theories about church council conspiracies that manipulated the New Testament into existence are bad—really bad–history. by Ben Witherington III | posted 05/21/2004 In Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, villain Leigh Teabing explains to cryptologist Sophie Neveu that at the Council of Nicea (A.D. 325) "many aspects of Christianity were debated and voted upon," including the divinity of Jesus. "Until that moment," he says, "Jesus was viewed by His followers as a mortal prophet. …...
  • Cardinal blasts 'Da Vinci Code'

    03/16/2005 5:22:29 AM PST · by JFK_Lib · 28 replies · 824+ views
    CNN ^ | Wednesday, March 16, 2005 Posted: 5:06 AM EST (1006 GMT) | Reuters
    ROME, Italy (Reuters) -- A top Catholic cardinal has blasted "The Da Vinci Code" as a "gross and absurd" distortion of history and said Catholic bookstores should take the bestseller off their shelves because it is full of "cheap lies." Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, in an interview with the Milan newspaper Il Giornale, became the highest ranking Italian Churchman to speak out against the book, an international blockbuster that has sold millions of copies. "(It) aims to discredit the Church and its history through gross and absurd manipulations," Bertone, the archbishop of the northern Italian city of Genoa and a close...
  • Recent News! They discover proof that Atlantis did not submerge complete but only one part...

    01/06/2005 11:36:29 AM PST · by Maria Fdez-Valmayor · 64 replies · 7,946+ views
    Atlantis News Agency. APP. EFE. AFP. Madrid. Spain. ^ | 01-06-2005 | Antonio Beltrán Martinez
    Recent News! They discover proof that Atlantis did not submerge complete but only one part...By Salvador Morales. Atlantis News Agency. Madrid, Spain. 01-06-2005. The Spanish investigator and scriptologist, Georgeos Diaz-Montexano, has discovered paleographical proofs that in fact the island or peninsula (Nêsos) denominated like Atlantis or Atlantic, it was divided in two parts below the sea. To date all atlantologists and students of the Timaeus and the Critias de Plato had thought that in texts of the Greek philosophist narrated the collapse of the all island or Atlantis peninsula, nevertheless, Georgeos Diaz-Montexano has reviewed the oldest texts known writings in...
  • An Old Error in a New Package: Hollywood and Kabbalah

    05/15/2004 7:43:58 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 26 replies · 211+ views
    BreakPoint with Charles Colson ^ | May 14, 2004 | Charles Colson
    One of the best places to catch a glimpse of celebrities in Los Angeles is inside an old church in Beverly Hills . There, “A-list” celebrities like Demi Moore, Britney Spears, and Madonna sing hymns at “pep-rally tempo” and shout hearty “Amens!” Has the long-prayed-for revival finally broken out in the entertainment industry? Not quite. When I described the church as being “old,” I mean “former.” And, while there is a revival of sorts, it’s a revival of an old error: Gnosticism. The meeting I just described is held every Friday night in a former church, L.A.’s Kabbalah Center. Kabbalah...
  • Third Gnostic Crisis

    04/17/2004 10:12:02 PM PDT · by sauerkraut · 17 replies · 179+ views
    UPI via Cyberbretheren ^ | March 30 | Uwe Siemon-Netto
    Series schism 2: Third Gnostic Crisis By Uwe Siemon-Netto UPI Religious Affairs Editor WASHINGTON, March 30 (UPI) -- Editor's note: This is part two of the UPI series on the new schism running horizontally through most Christian denominations. In this installment, theologians argue that the rift constitutes the Church's Third Gnostic Crisis, which is as menacing as were its predecessors 1,000 and almost 2,000 years ago. When Don Westblade, a religion professor, tries to explain the Gnostic crisis of the early church to his students at Hillsdale College in Michigan he points to a stunning parallel in modern times. The...
  • Cosmic Mysteries of Mithras | Mithraism | Ancient Religion

    10/31/2003 6:19:29 PM PST · by ckilmer · 10 replies · 528+ views
    Biblical Archaeology Review vol. 20, #5 ^ | September/October 1994 | David Ulansey
    MITHRAISM The Cosmic Mysteries of Mithras by David Ulansey Author of THE ORIGINS OF THE MITHRAIC MYSTERIES (Oxford University Press, 1991) The following essay is adapted from my article,"Solving the Mithraic Mysteries" Biblical Archaeology Review (vol. 20, #5 [September/October 1994] pp. 40-53) This article is a summary of my book on Mithraism, THE ORIGINS OF THE MITHRAIC MYSTERIES(Oxford University Press, revised paperback, 1991) [To order this book (for $13.95), click here.]   The Encyclopedia Britannica has given this page its "Web's Best Sites" award. The Cosmic Mysteries of Mithras (Note: complete documentation for the following essay can be found...
  • The Paganization of New Testament Studies

    09/14/2003 2:58:35 AM PDT · by fortheDeclaration · 17 replies · 273+ views
    Spirit ^ | unknown | Peter Jones
    The Paganization of New Testament Studies Peter Jones The material below is copyrighted. Feel free to view or print it for personal use. For other uses, please contact Main Entry Editions at: INTRODUCTION Given the institutions where I have taught during my professional life, it is appropriate to begin my overview of the Paganization/Gnosticization of NT Studies with a quote from J. Gresham Machen, speaking of the inroads of Liberalism into the American church at the beginning of the last century: The truth is that liberalism has lost sight of the very centre and core of the Christian teaching....
  • The Bane of Neo-Gnostic Calvinism

    07/30/2003 10:11:20 PM PDT · by malakhi · 71 replies · 179+ views
    The Threshold ^ | Greg Fields
    Who among us who have been illuminated by the Spirit of God to heartily embrace that exalted system of Pauline Theology commonly called "Calvinism" can forget the sublime joy experienced when these verities became manifest in our believing heart? For many of us grasping these truths or better, being gripped by these truths, was the real "second blessing" in our Christian pilgrimage. For me personally, sovereign grace teaching revivified my entire demeanor as a saint and delivered me from the morbid introspection engendered by Arminian, fundamentalist pietism. I have a passionate commitment to Calvinistic soteriology and am quite emphatic in...
  • The Gnostic Mytho-Logos AND The Myth of Sophia [False Religion Alert!]

    07/18/2003 3:02:14 AM PDT · by DoorGunner · 5 replies · 301+ views
      The Gnostic Mytho-Logos The Gnostic Idea or Notion was not informed by a philosophical world-view or procedure; rather, the Gnostic vision of the world was based upon the intuition of a radical and seemingly irreparable rupture between the realm of experience (pathos) and the realm of true Being, i.e., existence in its positive, creative, or authentic aspect. The problem faced by the Gnostics was how to explain such a radical, pre-philosophical intuition. This intuition is 'pre-philosophical' because the brute experience of existing in a world that is alien to humankind's aspirations may submit itself to a variety of interpretations; and the attempt at an interpretation may take on...
  • An Introduction to the Kabbalah [For information only-I do NOT advocate this!]

    07/08/2003 1:34:20 AM PDT · by DoorGunner · 8 replies · 230+ views
    Toledano Tradition of Kabbalah ^ | Unknown | Warren Kenton [alias:"Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi"]
    An Introduction to Kabbalah  Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi    KABBALAH   Kabbalah is the name of a body of esoteric knowledge. Its origin is the inner  teaching of Judaism. Its concern is God, the universe and humanity, and their  mutual interrelation.    Tradition states that it was given by the archangel Raziel to Adam and Eve,  after they had been cast out of Eden, so that they might regain entrance to  paradise. This Torah or teaching has been passed on over the generations,  although nearly lost from time to time. It is said that Abraham was initiated  into the tradition by...

    05/19/2003 9:53:42 AM PDT · by betty boop · 91 replies · 2,293+ views
    Cross Currents, Vol. 48, Issue 1 ^ | Spring 1998 | Elizabeth Newman
    THEOLOGY AND SCIENCE WITHOUT DUALISM by Elizabeth NewmanBoth modernism's disinterested spectator and postmodernism's deconstructed self lead to the gnostic belief that we are in bondage to the world. Biblically informed myth offers an escape. That theology and science have been haunted by epistemological dualisms is an unremarkable claim. Current postmodern efforts to think beyond such dualisms as objectivism versus relativism include recent attention to knowledge as socially constructed, communitarian, and nonfoundational. Such efforts share the assumption that knowing and doing are internally related. Thus theology and science, like all knowledge, emerge from the practices of concrete, historical communities rather than...