Thursday, January 28, 2010


I had to laugh at this local newspaper account of a spelling bee:

Logan Karlen, a seventh-grader at Elsinore Middle School, finished second, successfully spelling paraphernalia in the third round of a spell-off for the runner-up spot.

Logan, 12, who finished second in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District two years ago, is happy that Kendra won't be eligible next year, giving him a better opportunity to win.

"Until Kendra got here, I thought I had a pretty good chance," Logan said. "Still, I thought I had a chance, but she's the cream of the crop."

Logan said he prepared by studying the word list with his mother, who he said is the biggest reason for his success.

He was tripped up of "gnosis," an esoteric knowledge of spiritual truth held by the ancient Gnostics to be essential to salvation."

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I've updated site now includes all of my in-print books, with my own comments on them, links to all of them online interviews available, a bio, FAQ and more.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Not the Sexiest Gnostic

I forgot to mention that my dictionary made it onto the Top 10 Gnostic Stories of 2009, courtesy of Chicago Examiner writer Miguel Conner.

10. ‘A Dictionary of Gnosticism’ is published. Andrew Phillip Smith released the first comprehensive lexicon on Gnostic terminology since the perennial heretics came into the scene thousands of years ago. The Gnostics wrote in many languages including Coptic, Greek, Syriac and even some dialects of Chinese. They enjoyed puns and invented words in a way that would make Lewis Carroll proud. From Simon Magus to The Matrix, it’s all there and defined. Containing over 1,700 entries, ‘A Dictionary of Gnosticism’ is an essential tool for both those friendly and hostile to Gnosticism.

Sad to say, I didn't make it onto his subsequent list of the Top 10 Sexiest Gnostics.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Intro to A Dictionary of Gnosticism

Happy New Year!

What with being in Hungary, plus all the snow in Ireland and the UK, plus being ill, it feels like the new year is only just beginning for me.

Not much to report on yet this year, but the entire introduction to A Dictionary of Gnosticism, is available online courtesy of The Monthly Aspectarian, by permission of Quest Books. It's a potted history of Gnosticism