" Always seek mutual consent with one another ... "
They said to him, ' What is the place to which we are going? ' The Lord said, ' Stand in the place you can reach! ' " Mary said, ' Everything established thus is seen. ' The Lord said, ' I have told you that it is the one who can see who reveals. '
The Gospel of Truth and Valentinian discourse. Short version.
Rethinking the Gospel of Truth: A study of its eastern Valentinian setting J ?orgen Magnusson August 15, 2006 2 Dissertation at Uppsala University To be publicaly examined in Geijersalen, Engelska Parken, Friday, September 29, 2006 at 09:15 for the degree of Doctor of Theology. The examination will be conducted in English. Abstract Magnusson, J. 2006. RETHINKING THE GOSPEL OF TRUTH: A study of its eastern Valentinian setting. Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis. Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Theology. 191 pp. Uppsala. Already in the second century, the Church Father Irenaeus warned against reading the Gospel of Truth that was used among the so-called Valentinians. For more than one and a half millennium GospTruth was lost until in the 1950s a Coptic text was discovered that could be a translation of that work both loved and hated. Since the discovery scholars have tried to determine whether the Coptic text represents the one mentioned by Irenaeus, and whether its author might even be the famous Gnostic teacher Valentinus of Alexandria. The text is very complex and the present study the first attempt to use text linguistic tools for analysing GospTruth. A new and sometimes radically different translation is presented, and an hypothesis of date of redaction and authorship is put forward. Previously Gnostic texts have usually been read in light of the reports of the Church Fathers. In this study an at- tempt is made to detect topics that were interesting for the Valentinians and that have so far been neglected. The analysis presents a new ethical debate among early Christians regarding the Biblical law, and a hypothesis of how the author of GospTruth wanted his or her community to act towards the neighbouring communities is elaborated. In addition my investigation draws attention to an interpretation of the crucifixion that seems to have distinguished Valentinians from others. For a long time scholars depicted the Gnostics as evil opponents to the church. During the last decades this view has been criticized, and today many scholars abandon the term Gnostic altogether, and instead only use the term Christian. In my opinion such an approach risks to conceal the unique features of Valentinianism, and the results of the present study will hopefully shed new light on a branch of Christianity which still is relatively unexplored. J ?orgen Magnusson, Department of Theology, Uppsala University, Humanis- tiskt centrum, Thunbergsv ?agen 3 B, SE-751 20 Uppsala Sweden
To view God as evil, harsh and jealous causes the anguish and fear that will snare people in Error. Instead one should focus on the Father whose sweetness and goodness will make anguish and terror cease. I have also suggested that Error often is best understood as a group of people rather than as a mythological figure.
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" The Logos-Wisdom is the principle of all Divine and Esoteric Revelations. She has the characteristics of being the indwelling revealer of God. She IS the active principle and the transmitter of all Divine knowledge as well the cosmological cause of all creation. "
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Think for yourself and do not quickly accept ideas. Test all things; hold fast what is good. (1 Thes. 5:21)
If you have enemies, each has a Soul, as you do.
" Love your enemies "
" By their fruits you will recognize them" (Matt.7:15-16) "
" Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. " --Robert A. Heinlein
" I neither know nor think that I know. " --Socrates
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