Monthly Archives: April 2015

Reflections on Teaching Gnosticism Week 12: Modern Gnosticism.

Though titled “Modern Gnosticism,” the final lecture for my Gnosticism class covered more than the past century. We examined medieval forms of Christian Gnosticism, as well as Jewish and Islamic analogues, and some expressions of Gnosticism in modern literature, including … Continue reading

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Reflections on Teaching Gnosticism Week Eleven: Judas and Mary

Thanks to CNN’s Finding Jesus I was able to sit back and relax a bit this week and let the episodes on the Gospel of Judas and Mary Magdalene do much of the work for me. We began our look … Continue reading

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Finding Jesus Episode 6: Mary Magdalene

The final episode of CNN’s Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery looked at the role of Mary Magdalene in the life of Jesus. The relationship between the two is probably the most burning issue in contemporary popular discourse about Jesus; most … Continue reading

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Reflections on Teaching Gnosticism Week 10: Eastern Gnosis

Much of our Gnosticism course to date has focused on western forms of gnosis (well, more westerly, I suppose), but this week we moved east for a look at Manicheism, Mandaeism, and Hermeticism. We were flying without a net for … Continue reading

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Finding Jesus Episode 5: “Inventing” the True Cross

The penultimate episode of CNN’s Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery tells the story of the discovery of the True Cross by Helena, the mother of Constantine. Through a mixture of dramatic re-enactments, scholarly commentary, and relic-hunting sleuthery, viewers learn much … Continue reading

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