Three New Lectures: Gnosticism, Alchemy, and Church History

Gnosticism

This talk “What Athens Has Got To Do With Jerusalem” narrows in on parsing the Nag Hammadi Library’s gnostic gospel ‘The Apocryphon of John’, unpacking its contents and revealing it as an elaborate fusion of Greco-philosophical thought and Judaic prophetic tradition.  Here we travel back to the beginning of the universe to watch an alternate narrative of creation unravel where the Demiurge YHWH is actually the bad guy and Eden’s serpent is really a manifestation of Christ.

Alchemy

This lecture “Coincidentia Oppositorum: Exploring the dialogue in the Recent Historical Literature of Alchemy” is an attempt to briefly summarize all the recent historical literature (i.e. not occult literature) vis-a-vis alchemy, chrysopoeia, iatrochemistry, ‘chymystry’, etc.; In good alchemical fashion, I try to reconcile or collapse a number of false dualisms which have arisen throughout alchemy’s history, and give something of a clear picture of what historical alchemy actually looked like.  If you’re looking for a talk on spiritual self-transformational alchemy as espoused by 19th century occultists, I suggest looking elsewhere on YouTube as there are countless excellent (and not-so-excellent) videos on that subject.

Church History

In this lecture “…Et Lux in Tenebris Lucet: The Intellectual Development of St. Augustine as described in the Confessions”, I describe the life-long philosophical journey undertaken by the great philosopher and Church Father, St. Augustine of Hippo.  A Manichaean dualist in his late youth and a Platonist throughout his adulthood, Augustine passed through a number of different schools of thought on his way to becoming the patron saint of philosophy itself.

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