The Gnostic Faustus: The Secret Teachings behind the Classic Text

The Gnostic Faustus: The Secret Teachings behind the Classic Text

Ramona Fradon

The Faust legend obvious as a transmission of center Gnostic teachings disguised as a morality story

• exhibits the 16th-century Faust textual content to be a coded, composite Gnostic production fantasy

• Identifies the various airtight, alchemical, and Tantric symbols present in Faust that represent worship of the divine female via sacramental sexual practices

• unearths a paranormal strategy of non secular salvation, as distilled from esoteric traditions

In The Gnostic Faustus, Ramona Fradon exhibits the legend of surgeon Faustus to be a composite Gnostic construction delusion that unearths the method of religious salvation. approximately each portion of the unique 16th-century textual content is a metaphor containing profound religious messages in line with passages of Coptic and Syrian Gnostic manuscripts, together with the Pistis Sophia and The Hymn of the Pearl. Fradon identifies many airtight, alchemical, and Tantric symbols within the Faust ebook that accompany the tale of Sophia, the goddess of knowledge, whose bothered trip to salvation is a version for human non secular improvement. large line-by-line textual content comparisons with those Gnostic manuscripts express that Faustus’s corruption by way of the satan and his depression parallel Sophia’s transgression and fall, and that his tragic loss of life is an easy reversal of her cheerful rebirth, so written with a view to make an in a different way heretical tale palatable to Church experts at that time.

Fradon demonstrates that the Faust legend is a car for transmitting antiquity’s mystery knowledge. It offers an account of non secular initiation whose objective is ecstatic revelation and union with the divine. the weather of alchemy, sacramental intercourse, and worship of the divine female which are encoded within the Faust publication demonstrate a similar hidden goddess-worshipping culture whose practices are hinted at via the writings of Renaissance magi similar to Cornelius Agrippa and Giordano Bruno.

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