Theos-World Re: God as "A Being" versus God as "No-being"
Nov 24, 2002 07:49 AM
by Steve Stubbs
--- In theos-talk@y..., samblo@c... wrote:
> Have you read G. R. S. Mead's "Fragments of a Faith
Yes, I have. My omments were based on a study of Juppolytus and
Irenaeus, both of whose works can be downloaded free from thre web.
> In his "Pistis Sophia(Faith Wisdom}" we find the
> Mystery Play
> about the Cosmic Creation involving Yaldabaoth and his 7
> was called "The Abortion of Sophia" in this Gnostic Mystery
That was a Valentinian iea which they insisted was part of the
esoteric teachin of the apostle Paul. When Paul poke og himselas
one "born out of time" (i.e., as an abortion) he is said to have been
referring to this idea for the benefit of the initiated, while
puposely confusing everyone else. There are numerous other comments
in his surviving letters which also refer to esoteric ideas, but
which uninitiated readers pass right over.
> he proclaims "I Am God - and there is none Above Me!".
This refers to the ignorance of the Demiurge, who believed he created
the world and was himself uncreated. The same idea appears in
> The Nag Hammadhi Library is a Treasury of these Documents
> after so
> many centuries of exile.
Almost all of it is online, but hard to read unless you have studied
Irenaeus, who wrote to be obscure and yet preserve a serviceable jey
to the system. He is like Blavatsky. He reveals and yet conceals at
the same time. But he had access t lost documents and discussed the
system at length with Valentinian Gnostics, which we cannot do. One
of the things he concealed behind a lot of orthodox fustian was his
wvident sympathy and admiration for the esoteric teaching.
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