Wednesday, August 09, 2006

"Jesus is our Mother" - or He just the Lost Goddess?

I've started reading "Jesus and the Lost Goddess: The Secret Teachings of the Original Christians," by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy. I don't know exactly what caused me to buy the book (and it's companion, The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original Jesus" a Pagan God?" by the same authors) - but it might have something to do with reading the latest sensational quotes from the new Episcopal Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori and then hearing a recent public statement from Os Guinness that caused me to break down and by the books.

I'll be posting some quotes - they are strangely familiar, as though the two authors had just spent two weeks in Columbus and went home and wrote a book about it. Gnostic Paganism is alive and well - now I am beginning to glimpse some understanding where the whole "Jesus is our Mother" quote comes from - as well as other choice quotes from KJS (including the whole changing metaphor of language stuff she said recently to Time Magazine). What is hard to believe is that The Episcopal Church is so willing to come out of the closet about something that has been brewing for a long time - no wonder I felt a chill come over me when Bishop Jefferts Schori's name was announced as the new Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. It's not dark yet, but it's getting there.

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2 comments:

Scott said...

Three simple words:

Julian of Norwich.

Reading her would put to rest a lot of the unnecessary clucking.

BabyBlue said...

Sadly, Julian of Norwich has been turned into the patron saint of feminist theology and her writings have been used to bolster the paganesque gnosticism currently rampant in TEC. For an interesting reading on the topic, there's an interesting essay here: http://community.tncc.edu/faculty/longt/papers/Julian_Essentialist_&_Feminist.html

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