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Mirrors of Gnosis: A Panel Discussion of the Gnostic Writings
Jim Wilson, Rev. Gaetano Salomone, John Suslov
Original Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Gnosticism represents an intriguing and controversial chapter in the history of early Christianity, during the late Roman Empire. The traditional view has been that Gnosticism emerged as a contested form of Christianity during the second century. It was deemed heretical by figures later regarded as church fathers. Some modern scholarship suggests that Gnosticism, Christianity and the "pagan" Neo-Platonic tradition, while disagreeing on many points of dogma and doctrine, emerged out of a rich soup of beliefs and practices that co-existed during this period. All three traditions arise out of the complex and fertile religious scene of late antique Hellenismwhere Jewish, Pagan, Philosophical, Hermetic-Egyptian and various other exotic and esoteric movements were developing within the context the official Roman imperial religious cult. It is from this dynamic and potent crucible that Christianity proper emerges. Join us for a spirited discussion of these differences and similarities, and what they may mean for beliefs and practices in the twenty-first century.
Gaetano Salomone is a priest in the Old Catholic tradition, and is the author the The Secret Gospel of Mark and the Burial Shroud of Jesus. Jim Wilson is one of the founders of Many RiversBooks & Tea, is a former Buddhist Monk, has worked as a Prison Chaplain, and is currently a member of the local Quaker Meeting here in Sebastopol. He spends most of his spare time writing poetry. John Suslov will discuss the role of the Heavenly Twin, Angel or Guide in the Gnostic, Hermetic and Manichean traditions as well as its more "covert" role in the New Testament.