The FOG – Gnosticism
What is Gnosticism
If the winners of conflict write history then the Literalist Roman Catholic Church of the second century defined Gnosticism as a prominent heretical movement of pre-Christian origin.
In this case heretical simply meant that Gnostic’s dared to disagree with the established power of the Pope. What resulted was the infamous Inquisition.
The Château de Montségur is probably the best known of all Gnostic Castles. It is famous as the last existing Gnostic Cathar stronghold, which fell after a 10 month siege in 1244. A field below the hilltop castle is the site where over 200 Cathars were burned alive, having refused to renounce their faith.
The story of the siege of Montségur is one of the most moving of all the tragedies associated with the war against the last existing Gnostic’s. The Castle has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1862.
However we must remember that Gnosticism has never gone away and has always been a part of the human psyche. Since its final oppression at Montsegur humanity has slowly been gravitating back to its Gnostic roots because at an unconscious level it has never gone away. At first glance this may seem apparent by the success of Dan Brown’s book, the Da Vinci Code. But as popular culture gravitates towards Gnosticism its resurgence is not an accident. Dan Brown did not give life to Gnosticism. Rather he took advantage of its rebirth in the main stream psyche of our collective minds. Gnosticism was never gone. It was just suppressed. And now that it is once again overcoming its oppressors it is reclaiming its rightful place in contemporary society. It is making its resurgence now because the collective unconscious of humanity is calling it forth. The collective is tired of the suffocating status quo of church and state. As a result the One, the Creator, the Holy Spirit of human kind is responding to the relentless prayers of a suffering humanity. So why now? Quite simply the answer to this question is because of Gnosticism’s liberating qualities.
Today as more and more people wake up and see the damage we are doing to ourselves, others and all life of Mother Earth we know and understand that as Christian Gnostic’s we have something to share with all humanity. We are not referring to the damming qualities of an imperfect demiurgic theology of original sin. What we are implying is a flawless and perfect Divine presence within each human being which is the true gift of the God of Light.
Let the gift of the Holy Spirit bring us to the light of Christ our one true home.