Miguel Conner and Voices of Gnosticism

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Miguel Conner, the host of Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio, best-selling science fiction author and author of Voices of Gnosticism, is our guest in podcast episode 103. Miguel’s highly acclaimed internet radio show has been at the vanguard of modern inquiry into ancient Gnosticism and he’s raised the bar with his book which features interviews with several important scholars.

Voices of Gnosticism by Miguel Conner

“For several years, Miguel Conner has engaged the most prominent writers and scholars on Gnosticism and early Christianity on Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio. These interviews with 13 leading scholars represent one of the best ways to get to know ancient Gnosticism, the movement that has inspired Dan Brown, Philip Pullman, Philip K. Dick and The Matrix movies. Read what the best minds have to say about the Gnostic sects, the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Judas, Mary Magdalene, heresy, the origins of Gnosticism, and the original teachings of Jesus.”

“… a Gnostic gem, a book that contains the rich wisdom of thirteen world-renowned scholars who study Gnosticism and the classical world.” – April D. DeConick, author of The Thirteenth Apostle

Ancient of Days by Willliam Blake

Miguel begins our interview by describing his religious background, interest in new media, and why he finds Gnosticism such a compelling subject. His inquiry is partially inspired by  similarities between the ancient world and modern times, as well as the reaction of Gnostics to these circumstances.

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Voices of Gnosticism is a remarkable book. Miguel Conner has condensed the modern scholarship on ancient Gnosticism into a readable and comprehensive format. It’s dialogue style lends to a better understanding of a subject that tends to be obscured by theological, historical, and political interpretations. If you’re looking for a single book that contains the essential scholarship on ancient Gnosticism, this is it. I highly recommend Voices of Gnosticism and commend Miguel for his dedication and thoroughness. His efforts help give voice to the study of ancient Gnostic theology and tradition.

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In the Occult of Personality Membership Section, you can hear Miguel talk more about persecution of Gnostics, specifically the Cathars or Albigenses during the Middle Ages, the nature of Gnosis, and his opinions about modern Gnostic churches.

The God Above God – Miguel Conner’s web site

Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio

Voices of Gnosticism: Interviews with Elaine Pagels, Marvin Meyer, Bart Ehrman, Bruce Chilton and Other Leading Scholars by Miguel Conner

“Gnostic” Is an Open Question: An Interview with Elaine Pagels” by Miguel Conner

Miguel Conner Amazon.com page

Stargazer by Miguel Conner

The Queen of Darkness by Miguel Conner

Gnostic Society Library: Sources on Gnosticism and Gnosis

Gnosticism and Hermetica” – Internet Sacred Text Archive

Podcast 43 – Gnosticism

intro music by HipGnosis

music by Paul Avgerinos: intro – “Awakenings,” outro – “Gnosis

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • RobVel April 18, 2011, 2:25 AM

    This was fantastic, best one yet.

    • rochester92 April 18, 2011, 10:43 AM

      Thank you! Miguel is not only passionate about ancient Gnosticism, but also very knowledgeable, and I think that really comes through when you hear him speak.

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