Via: Aeon Byte
The Origins of Gnosticism
Let’s take a daring journey to find when and where the ancient Gnostics emerged. Were they originally pre-Christian, and what metaphysics influenced them? This quest will theorize that the original Christian church — long before orthodoxy — was a motley band of apocalyptical mystics and mystery religion advocates. We will also sojourn back to our time for several modern Gnostic manifestations, as certain visionaries help us accurately understand Gnosticism’s core ethos.
Astral Guest – Robert Price, author of Judaizing Jesus.
About the book:
Was Jesus a mainstream or sectarian Jew, as the scholarly consensus tells us? This view—that we must automatically adopt Second Temple Judaism as the paradigm in which to interpret or reconstruct the historical Jesus—is often presented as self-evident, unquestionable, and beyond dispute. However, the promotion of the Jewish Jesus raises serious questions—specifically, whether this consensus is the product of theological and ecumenical agendas. In Judaizing Jesus, noted scholar Robert M. Price challenges this trend and offers a menu of alternative ways of seeing Jesus: Sacred King, Cynic Philosopher, Gnostic Redeemer, and…the Buddha! He concludes by proposing a new theory of Christian origins to explain how and why the first Christians themselves Judaized Jesus.