The following words are from British author and philosopher, C.S. Lewis (Clive Staples Lewis). Like me, Lewis was baptized into the faith as a young child but later fell away from the Church in his adolescence and young adult years to become an atheist (agnostic).
At age seventeen, Lewis wrote to longtime friend Arthur Greeves, "I believe in no religion. There is absolutely no proof for any of them, and from a philosophical standpoint Christianity is not even the best." (more…)
Gnostic duality is an ancient concept based on the fact that there are two separate parts, elements, and or aspects to human beings. One element is immortal being made of light (spirit or soul) and the other mortal darkness (flesh or materiality).
The essence of this dualistic philosophy centers around the Gnostic teachings that these two opposing forces are an inherent part of human natures and these forces are constantly in an eternal battle to gain control over the minds and bodies of humankind.
33rd Degree Scottish Rite Freemasonic philosopher, Albert Pike had written about the meaning of the square base of the Great Egyptian Pyramid, "The Gnostics writes claimed that the whole edifice of their science rested on a square whose angles were: Σιγη, Silence; Βυθος, Profundity; Νους, Intelligence; and Αληθεια Truth." (See Morals and Dogma)
One of the main Gnostic scientific teachings for the past 3,000 years is that we humans are dualistic beings. What the Gnostics had meant in simple modern terms is that there are two separate parts, elements, and or aspects to we humans. One element is immortal being made of light (spirit or soul) and the other mortal darkness (flesh or materiality).
The human spirit was of divine origin and good which came from the True God. It was made of an immortal light that descended from the heavens. The body was opposed to this light because it was inherently material, earthly and can be led to commit acts of evil. It was made of mortal flesh ruled by a False creator God who held sway over those materialistic souls who have not reached spiritual Gnosis.(more…)
Here is a very interesting article from one of our Russian Gnostic Brethren, Alexander Dugin. Dugin is who we can call the Russian President's "Left-Hand Gnostic Man" who is a well known around the globe as a Russian political analyst with what some critics have called right-wing fascist and anti-liberal views.
The Gnostic Goddess Ariadne was the daughter of the famous Law Giver and King of Crete, Minos and her Grandfather was the God Zeus. She was also known by the names of Gnosis, Gnosias, and CreUSA (U.S.A.) which all signify her hometown of Knossos, AKA the City of Gnosis on the ancient Holy Island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea.
Ariadne was immortalized in the halls of Gnosis and Freemasonry for helping her lover, Theseus who was the mythical founder-king of Athens to conquer the Minotaur and deliver him out of the Labyrinth by the means of a Thread. For doing so, she was also known as the "Mistress of the Labyrinth", As noted on the Linear B inscription from Knossos, "to all the gods, honey... to the mistress of the labyrinth honey." (more…)
"This religion of reason could not be that of the multitude, who require fables, mysteries, definite hopes, and terrors, materially operating upon them. On that account the sacerdotal institution was established in the world.
Now the sacerdotal order is recruited by initiation. Religious forms perish when initiation ceases in the sanctuary either through being divulged, or by neglect and forgetfulness of sacred mysteries. (more…)
33rd Degree Sovereign Master of the Scottish Rite, Albert Pike had written in Morals and Dogma,“The trowel of the Templars is quadruple, and the triangular plates of it are arranged in the form of a cross, making the Kabalistic pantacle known by the name of the Cross of the East. The Knight of the East, and the Knight of the East and West, have in their titles secret allusions to the Templars of whom they were at first the successors. (more…)
Helena P. Blavatsky declared that although the Gnostics were destroyed, “the Gnosis, based on the secret science of sciences was never without its representatives in any age or country.” - Professor Wouter J. Hanegraaff
"Gnosticism can be found in almost all religions, and as such, it can be viewed as more of an esoteric philosophy that unites people across various religions- though some people today claim to be Gnostics as a religion. For example, the ideas associated with a Gnostic Christian are fundamentally almost identical to a Buddha or Boddisatva in the Buddhist religion, Gnanis in Hinduism, an Arif in the Islamic tradition, and a “knower” in the Taoist tradition, and it is for this reason that it is believed that Gnosticsm had an influence on all of these religious philosophies as it spread between Egypt and Tibet, and likewise these other schools contributed to Gnostic doctrine." - Timothy Hogan