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Exploring the forgotten and rejected story of Western thought

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Exploring the forgotten and rejected story of Western thought

    Introducing Alchemy with Lawrence Principe

    Introducing Alchemy with Lawrence Principe

    Here it finally is: Alchemy! This interview is a superb introduction to the Hermetick Art from Lawrence Principe, a man who knows how to ‘read, read, read’, but also how to practice.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Other Gospels and Alien Gods: Marcion of Sinope

    Other Gospels and Alien Gods: Marcion of Sinope

    We look at Marcion of Sinope, the final arch-heretic in our ‘unholy trinity’. Marcion compiled the first Christian textual canon – he wrote the first Bible – but this was not your grandma's Bible. Demiurgy, transcendence, and some interesting questions of textual hermeneutics abound.

    • 35 min
    Geoffrey Smith on Valentinus and Valentinianism

    Geoffrey Smith on Valentinus and Valentinianism

    Under the expert guidance of Geoffrey Smith, we explore the world-view of Valentinus – an elite intellectual Christian thinker of the second century – and his legacy – a reputation for the blackest heresy and a demiurgical Christian movement known nowadays as Valentinianism.

    • 50 min
    I Got Soul, And I’m Super Bad: Basilides of Alexandria

    I Got Soul, And I’m Super Bad: Basilides of Alexandria

    Basilides of Alexandria, one of the first Christian philosophers and scriptural exegetes, is known as one of the great Gnostic heresiarchs of the second century. But what did he actually teach? It's mind-blowing and it's esoteric.

    • 45 min
    Warfaring Strangers: Prolegomena to Second-Century Christianity

    Warfaring Strangers: Prolegomena to Second-Century Christianity

    We take a deep breath before diving into detailed discussions of early esoteric Christianities to consider a few key terms and their historical development. What was orthodoxy? What was heresy? Who were the heresiologists, and what were they doing?

    • 38 min
    Michael Williams on the Trouble with ‘Gnosticism’

    Michael Williams on the Trouble with ‘Gnosticism’

    Professor Michael Williams leads us on a tour of ‘Gnosticism’, both as a term (used and misused by ancient heresiologists, Reformation-era polemicists, modern scholars, and even modern ‘Gnostics’) and as a group of late-ancient religious texts which are very, very interesting, but which should probably not be called ‘Gnostic’.

    • 1 hr 3 min

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