Thursday, January 04, 2007

Gospel of Philip Interview on Sunday January 7

My interview with Miguel Conner for Coffee, Cigarettes and Gnosis is being repeated on Sunday. Go to http://thegodabovegod.com Miguel's blurb for it follows

Our rebroadcast this Sunday at 12 PM PST/2 PM CST/3 PM PST is `Coffee,
Cigarettes & Gnosis #18—Me, Myself & Irenaeus'. It's a comprehensive
view on the Gospel of Philip and the Valentinians who compiled it.
Our guest was Andrew Phillip Smith, author of 'The Gospel of Philip,
Annotated & Explained' & 'The Gospel of Thomas: A New Translation
Based on the Inner Meaning'.

Topics discussed:

--The origins, theology and secret meanings of The Gospel of Philip.
--The reality behind the depiction of the close and intimate
relationship between Mary Magdalene and The Logos.
--The Gnostic Pauline and Johannine influences that permeate the
Gospel of Philip.
--The history and philosophy of Valentinus, the great Gnostic Master,
whose influence formed this Gospel, as well as many others in The Nag
Hammadi Library. His movement was considered the most sophisticated,
intellectual and moral of the Classic Gnostics, which made it the
biggest menace to the nascent Catholic Church. In fact, Valentinus
almost became the Pope of The Catholic Church, which would have
changed history if not for an eleventh hour shift in fortune. If
only...if only...
--We learn how to read this symbolical and abstract work that, in
essence, will help us understand all other Christian texts in the
right context.
--Deciphering the battles between Bishop Irenaeus and the Valentinians.
--The Gospel of Philip has been called the Sacramental Gospel, being
the first Christian work introducing a full catalogue of holy rituals.
Is it possible that the Gnostics first conceived certain mystery rites
that were later usurped by the Orthodox Church?

Like The Gospel of Philip says, 'Truth did not come into the world
naked. It came in type and images. The world would not receive truth
in any other way.' Learn to see beyond the words, ideas and images
that limit our spiritual transformation so that the truth will set us
and the world free from the Angelic Mafia.

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