“Marcion of Synope’s relevance in the contemporary world vis- à-vis religious violence” (G. Andrade)

Acta theologica, vol. 38, n.2, Bloemfontein, 2018 ABSTRACT Marcion of Synope has long been considered a heretic by all Christian churches. He is frequently grouped with the Gnostic trends of Early Christianity, although this is not entirely accurate. While he made a handsome financial contribution to the Church of Rome, he was eventually excommunicated. Yet, even if his doctrines… Continue lendo “Marcion of Synope’s relevance in the contemporary world vis- à-vis religious violence” (G. Andrade)

Camus’s The Plague: Nazism and Metaphysical Evil (Susan Neiman)

A night watchman makes a brief appearance in Camus’s novel The Plague. The man never failed to remind everyone he met that he’d foreseen what was happening. Tarrou agreed he’d predicted a disaster, but reminded him that the event predicted by him was an earthquake. To which the old fellow replied: “Ah, if only it… Continue lendo Camus’s The Plague: Nazism and Metaphysical Evil (Susan Neiman)

“Cioran: The Temptation to Believe” (Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston)

The "death of the author" is a notion I have never become used to. Time and again, when I open the pages of an engaging book, the "dead" author comes back to haunt me: as if reading were a spell that brings him back, his hovering spirit is always before my mind's eye. And while… Continue lendo “Cioran: The Temptation to Believe” (Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston)

“Jacob’s struggle with the angel” (Alec Wilkinson)

THE NEW YORKER, June 15, 2015 The passage that recurs in my life is that of Jacob wrestling the angel. For many artists, it is a metaphor for the struggle to subdue one’s talent so that it collaborates with one’s ambitions to create.  I cannot separate the Bible from my father. In the middle of… Continue lendo “Jacob’s struggle with the angel” (Alec Wilkinson)

Tormented by God: The Mystical Nihilism of Emil Cioran (Mirko Integlia)

“Better to never have been born!” This pessimistic declaration has been made at various points in the history of human thought, becoming a true philosophical system beginning with Arthur Schopenhauer in the nineteenth century. It was repeated by various philosophers in subsequent decades, though rarely with the tragic passion of Emil Cioran (1911-1995). A solitary… Continue lendo Tormented by God: The Mystical Nihilism of Emil Cioran (Mirko Integlia)

Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio: “Dealing with Christian superstition” (Robert M. Price)

Superstition is more than just believing in fiction. It’s a dangerous incubator for cognitive dissonance, confirmation bias, and warped perceptual filters. Most of all, superstition cuts us off from experiencing the sublime and engaging in deep introspection. We deal with Christian superstition, from the notions of eternal damnation to the idea of a personal Jesus… Continue lendo Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio: “Dealing with Christian superstition” (Robert M. Price)

Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio: “The Egyptian Origins of Gnosticism” (Miguel Conner)

Any true ecstasy is dangerous. It resembles the last stage of initiation in the Egyptian mysteries when, instead of the ultimate knowledge, one is told, "Osiris is a black divinity." The absolute remains unknowable. I see a form of madness, not of knowledge, in the ecstasy of life's ultimate origins. You cannot experience it except… Continue lendo Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio: “The Egyptian Origins of Gnosticism” (Miguel Conner)

“Suffering in the mystical traditions of Buddhism and Christianity” (Jakub Urbaniak)

HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies, 70(1), Art. #2117, 9 pages. This article seeks to explore the mystical approaches to suffering characteristic of both Buddhism and Christianity. Through the analysis of the meanings, the two traditions in question ascribe to suffering as a ‘component’ of mystical experience; it challenges the somewhat oversimplified understanding of the dichotomy ’sage-the-robot… Continue lendo “Suffering in the mystical traditions of Buddhism and Christianity” (Jakub Urbaniak)