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"If God is sovereign, then his lordship must extend over all of life, and it cannot be restricted to the walls of the church or within the Christian orbit." Abraham Kuyper Common Grace 1.1.

Friday, 28 July 2006

Peter Jones on Gnosticism

Peter Jones, of CWIPP, was interviewed in World Magazine regarding the gnostic roots of of the DaVinci Code here. He defines gnosticism thus:
Gnosticism is formed from the Greek term gnosis meaning knowledge, but it means here a particular form of knowledge, namely "spiritual experience." Like all pagan spirituality, so-called "Christian" Gnosticism engages in "sacred technologies" to access the higher, spiritual self, the self that is part of God.

In this essentially out-of-body experience, all physical and this-worldly restraints, like rational thinking and a sense of specific gender, fall away. In a word, the experience of "enlightenment" is both the rejection of the goodness of the physical creation and an acquisition of the knowledge of the divinity of the human soul.


This sounds very much like the sort of stuff advocated by the DVD I listened to mentioned in a previous post. Though I have to say that the gnostic conception of god is very different to the more orthodox view of God portrayed by the speaker.

1 comment:

spanarch said...

Hi!

I went to see Peter jones when he was speaKing in California. He is such a nice man when you speak to him and a great speaker. I loved him.

C.S