Highly successful heresy

April 08, 2006

Via Kevin Drum, I see that Professor Bainbridge has a blog post up wondering why National Geographic is dusting off the Gnostic heresy and presenting it as alternative Gospel. Might it be greed related to the forthcoming movie about the Da Vinci code? It might.

But in his whole-hearted condemnation of the gnostic heresy, Bainbridge appears to forget the Christianity itself is nothing but a very successful Jewish heresy. Heretic means new or different, not wrong.

I wonder if the Gnostics might not be a compelling variation for our current tendency to emphasize spirituality over doctrine?

Posted by Red Ted at April 8, 2006 12:48 PM | TrackBack

According to etymology, heresy means choice. Hence making a choice in the dogma, saying yes to some bits and no to others.

Posted by: Snap at April 12, 2006 01:38 PM
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