“The Faith of Puppets” – John GRAY

Going far back into the ancient world, recurring in cultures widely separated in space and time, surfacing in religion, philosophy and the occult, exercising a powerful influence in modern science and politics, Gnosticism has coexisted and competed with, secreted itself within and hidden itself from many other ways of thinking. There have been Gnostic strands… Continue lendo “The Faith of Puppets” – John GRAY

“High Castle Teleorkestra: um grupo musical insólito, diferente de tudo o que você já ouviu (e imaginou)” – Rodrigo MENEZES

Insólito designa, segundo a etimologia, tudo o que é inusual e foge ao ordinário. [...] A palavra mesma me diz ao mesmo tempo mais e menos: sugere algo raro, com efeito, mas de uma rareza especial e incisiva que não se resume a uma simples mediana na avaliação estatística da frequência dos seres. [...] Após… Continue lendo “High Castle Teleorkestra: um grupo musical insólito, diferente de tudo o que você já ouviu (e imaginou)” – Rodrigo MENEZES

“The Revelation of Philip K. Dick” – John GRAY

It would be hard to find a more striking statement of a Gnostic world-view than this: Behind the counterfeit universe lies God … It is not a man who is estranged from God; it is God who is estranged from God. He evidently willed it this way at the beginning, and has never since sought… Continue lendo “The Revelation of Philip K. Dick” – John GRAY

Religion, Atheism, Heidegger, and the Dark Night of the Soul – Diana PASULKA

Diana Pasulka discusses Jung, Heidegger, and the recent UFO hearings. Theories of Everything with Curt Jaimungal (podcast). Diana Walsh Pasulka is a writer and professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5MuTHUbMUs Topics: IntroductionDiana's journey from "atheist" ⇒ "agnostic" (with respect to… Continue lendo Religion, Atheism, Heidegger, and the Dark Night of the Soul – Diana PASULKA

“A Short History of Authentic Time” – Peter SLOTERDIJK

According to a bon mot of Adolf von Harnack, Gnosticism signifies the acute Hellenization of Christianity. This bon mot would itself remain a profound remark only if one were successful in confirming the hypotheses about the non-Christian origin of Gnosticism. For, wherever Gnosticism may have arisen – in heretical and apocalyptic Judaism, in irrational dualism,… Continue lendo “A Short History of Authentic Time” – Peter SLOTERDIJK

“Cioran – a philosopher of redemption. Procession and conversion in La Chute Dans Le Temps” – Horia Vicenţiu PĂTRAŞCU

Revue Roumaine de Philosophie, 65, 1, p. 125–143, Bucureşti, 2021 Abstract: The question we want to answer in this paper is the following: is there soteriology, i.e. doctrine of redemption, in Cioran’s work from his French period? If – as we had the opportunity to show elsewhere – his writings in Romanian indicate a kind… Continue lendo “Cioran – a philosopher of redemption. Procession and conversion in La Chute Dans Le Temps” – Horia Vicenţiu PĂTRAŞCU

“The Evil Creator and The Sethians” – David LITWA

The idea of a deficient Demiurge was widespread in early Christian times. Why? Between a literal reading of the Hebrew Bible and pagan polemics, the moral and authoritative standing of the creator was fiercely questioned. From Egyptian priests to Gnostic sects, from Paul to Marcion, we read the ancient Yelp reviews of Yahweh. As a… Continue lendo “The Evil Creator and The Sethians” – David LITWA

“Gnosticism as negative psychology” – Peter SLOTERDIJK

In Gnosticism metaphysics is transformed into psychopathology and pneumato-pathology. It deems the arrival of the soul in the world to be a catastrophe of alienation; all life in the dazzling direction of the outward path is, in a fundamental sense, “grieving” – which is the effect of separating from the self. As a critique of… Continue lendo “Gnosticism as negative psychology” – Peter SLOTERDIJK

The Valentinians: Ancient Christian Gnostics? | Religion for Breakfast

Valentinianism was a prominent variety of early Christianity starting in the 2nd century CE. Some call it a form of Gnosticism. But what is Valentinianism all about? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heJZ37l4yFM Further reading: Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski, "Valentinus’ Legacy and Polyphony of Voices" [2022] Geoffrey Smith, "Valentinian Christianity" [2020] Ismo Dunderberg, "Beyond Gnosticism" [2008]

“The Demiurge” – CIORAN

The Demiurge is the most useful god who ever was.CIORAN, The New Gods (1969) The Demiurge With the exception of some aberrant cases, man does not incline to the good: what god would impel him to do so? Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by… Continue lendo “The Demiurge” – CIORAN