The Unknowable Monad

One of the questions I see in social media groups about Gnosticism regard “God” and what it is like.  Various Gnostic texts explain that the supreme “God” is unknowable.  Actually, they specifically describe what this supreme Monad is not, and usually in great deal.  I think it’s quite ridiculous that humans think they can describeContinue reading “The Unknowable Monad”

Simon Magus’ “The Great Announcement”

To continue on my Simon Magus postings, this particular entry includes the only writing attributed to Simon himself! It survives in fragmented form thanks to Hippolytus in the book “Philosophumena“, aka “Refutations of All Heresies.” The following is the collection of sayings that G.R.S Mead put together for his book “Simon Magus: The Gnostic Magician.” ToContinue reading “Simon Magus’ “The Great Announcement””

Prayers to the Holy Mary Magdalene

Today, July 22, is the Catholic Feast Day of Mary Magdalene. While I’m not Catholic, I have no issue celebrating Mary Magdalene. Here is a prayer involving Mary which is from the book “A Manual for the Gnostic: Doctrines, Prayers, & Practices of the Gnostic Church” issued by the L’Eglise Gnostique Apostolique of North America. OContinue reading “Prayers to the Holy Mary Magdalene”

The Thirteenth Repentance of Pistis Sophia

We have come to an end here with the thirteenth repentance translation comparison. I hope you have enjoyed reading the comparisons. The point of this exercise is to show that one needs to check out various translations, if possible, of various works to get a full understanding of what the text is trying to say.Continue reading “The Thirteenth Repentance of Pistis Sophia”