Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Aeon Byte: The Future Gospel of Bill Hicks & John the Baptist


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John The Baptist

Topics Discussed:

~ How John the Baptist survived in Paganism as The Green Man and John Barleycorn.
 
~ The truth of what happened to John's head, beyond the romanticism of Templar lore.
 
~ The eternal war between the followers of John the Baptist and Paul of Tarsus.
 
~ Why Jesus was truly called the Nazarene, tied to an ancient prophecy dealing with the Nephilim.
 
~ How the Gnostics throughout history regarded John the Baptist.
 
~ The truth that John was really a noble political and religious leader who played kingmaker.
 
~ Evidence that John might have been an Essene.

And much more!

M.C.: "Our rebroadcast is The Demiurge & The Origins of Evil. Time to take on the Big Guy himself: Jehovah, The Creator God, Allah, The Demiurge, Satan, the Ego, and the many other titles he goes by. We also explore two of his most malevolent creations--the origins of evil and the New Age Movement. And finally see the concept of evil through Buddhist lenses. Our astral guest was Nathaniel Merritt, author of Jehovah Unmasked!

 Next week we continue our Divine Feminine series. Even beyond the Gnostics, we discover that the Divine Feminine was very revered in early Christianity and Classic Judaism. Her veneration was very public and took many forms across The Roman Empire. And women held a higher rank in all matters. Yet the Divine Feminine, along with Sophia, was slowly erased from Christendom as Orthodoxy gained more  power. We take an amazing view of the Christian Goddesses and the terrible impact of her dismissal on the psyche of mankind that is even felt today. Our guest will be April DeConick, author of Holy Misogyny: Why the Sex and Gender Conflicts in the Early Church Still Matter and The Thirteenth Apostle: What the Gospel of Judas Really Says.

Weekly sparks found in The Ashtray:

The Power of Negative Thinking  by Oliver Burkeman
I sent my Soul through the Invisible, 
Some letter of that After-life spell, 
And by and by my Soul returned to me, 
And answered I Myself am both Heaven and Hell.
-Omar Khayyám-

The best things can’t be told—they are transcendent, inexpressible truths. The second-best are misunderstood: they are the myths, which are metaphoric attempts to point the way towards the first. And the third-best have to do with history, science, biography and so on. The only kind of talking that can be understood is this last kind. When you want to talk about the first kind, that which can’t be said, you use the third kind as a communication to the first. But people read it as referring to the third directly; the image is no longer transparent to the transcendent.
-Joseph Campbell interpreting Heinrich Zimmer-


Aeon Byte's critically acclaimed and successful Voices of Gnosticism is available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and your nearest esoteric bookstore. It includes a foreword by Andrew Phillip Smith, my drivel, and interviews with 13 of the leading scholars in the world on all things Gnostic, including Bart Ehrman, Elaine Pagels, Karen King, April DeConick, Bruce Chilton John Turner, Stevan Davies, and Marvin Meyer. The Nag Hammadi Library, The Gospel of Mary MagdaleneThe Gospel of Judas, the origins of Gnosticism & its various sects, the impact of Gnosticism  on modern times...and so much more. 

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