According to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Gnosticism is derived from the Greek word gnôsis, which translate to knowledge or insight. It is the name given to an ancient, as well as modern, organized religious and philosophical movement that flourished in the first and second centuries after the death of Christ, frequently called the Common Era in scientific/philosophical circles. But, archaeologically, it has been traced to have originated in 100 BC to 200 BC time period; established from the early treatises of the Corpus Hermeticum, Jewish Apocalyptic writings whose foundation was based upon Platonic philosophy and Hebrew scriptures.
I have always imagined that Paradise would be a kind of library.
Freedom of Religion - Freedom from Religion - Freedom of Public Display of Religion and Traditions
We establish no religion in this country, nor will we ever. We command no worship. We mandate no belief. But we poison our society when we remove its theological underpinnings. We court corruption when we leave it bereft of belief. All are free to believe or not believe; all are free to practice a faith or not. But those who believe must be free to speak of and act on their belief.
-- Ronald Reagan (Temple Hillel Speech, 1984)
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
The King James Authorized version of the Bible is familiar to many, but few know about the Geneva Bible, preceding the King James authorized translation by 51 years. It was the primary Bible of the 16th century Protestants and used by William Shakespeare, Oliver Cromwell, John Knox, John Dunne, and John Bunyan (author of Pilgrim's Progress). It was one of the Bibles taken to America aboard the Mayflower. Oliver Cromwell had pocket editions printed for his soldiers at the time of the English Civil War.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Islamic conquest after the death of the prophet of the Muslims, Mohammad, was probably the most bloodiest in the history of mankind. One of the greatest historians who wrote the Story of Civilization, Volume 4: The Age of Faith (Our Oriental Heritage) in a multi-volume series, Will Durant, wrote objectively as he wrote about the dark history of Christianity during what is called the medieval period:
The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precious good, whose delicate complex of order and freedom, culture and peace, can at any moment be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within.