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Hermeticism

by Ross Bishop

For thousands of years Hermeticism and Judaism coexisted in The Middle East. Hermeticism offered a mystical philosophy in contrast to Judaism’s more practical approach. Hermeticism had widespread acceptance at times but has generally remained a mystical tradition, practiced in remote locations by dedicated adherents.

Although respected by Church theologians privately, Hermeticism has also often been seen as a threat. At a critical period for the fledgling Church in the fourth century, decisions had to be made regarding the Church’s spiritual direction. On one hand the Church could follow the spiritual practices and beliefs of its mystical traditions or it could adopt the rational teachings of men like Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas.

Acceptance of the fledgling Church had been spotty throughout the Roman Empire as it had to compete with Roman gods, nature religions, Wicca, Judaism, Hermeticism and Gnosticism. The Gnostics were a Christian sect, but like the Hermetics, held as a core belief a practical gnosis, i.e., direct personal knowledge of the Divine. Both sects held that the true nature of all things was Divine and that people could, through a process of purification, learning and initiation, come to an actual experience of The One.

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Just a few thoughts...

Are you referring to the Gnosticism brought into the early Christian church in Alexandria Egypt by Origen , who writings the Hexaupta were collected , and interwoven into mainstream Christianity via Eusebius. Eusebius being the person that the Emperor Constantine had create 50 copies of scripture in order to further establish the brand new State religion of the Roman Empire in the 5th century? It is from these copies of Eusebius that both the Codex C ( Latin Vulgate, i.e., Douay/Rhemes ) and the Codex Aleph come from, as both textual documents are nearly identical, saving that the Aleph has numerous overwritings by many editors making it for all intensive purposes, illegible, thus it's future discovery in what was once the trash heap in the catacombs of a Alexandrian Nunnery ( Convent ). Whereas the Codex C was discovered, by coincidence, in the burgeoning archives of the vast Vatican Library in Rome.
There are major textual differences between the Codex's Aleph / C when compared to the Codex B, or Textus Recptivus from which the King James was translated.
Those differences are not limited too, but are basicly thus.
A. The divinity of Jesus Christ as the sole mediator between man and God
B. the state of the dead, ie Limbo, purgatory vs...a deep sleep, mortality of the soul.
C. indulgences, purchasing redemption after the fact
D. The apocrypha.

So hermeneutics, are the Greek Philisophical influences that have become part of modern Christianity, such as the concept of hell as a place of forever burning ( and our experiencing it forever ) as verses a place that is forever burning that instantly consumes whatever is thrown into it. As you correctly stated, Thomas Aquinas was responsibile for the greater part of such error being intoduced as literal doctrine.

The other thing I wanted to note was that the link you provided seemed disjointed from the body of your post, i.e., they didn't flow together much, is this by intent?

God Bless
Stēkō Parrēsia

Drew, by the very grace of GOD through the blood of Christ Jesus.
"there shall come after us men whom shall garner great wealth using our system, and having done so shall seek to slam the door of prosperity behind them." George Washington

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Thank you! I found a more direct link to the article...

While you can find the rest of the article from the link provided above, you have to scroll down 3/4 of the page to find it. However, here is the direct link to the article:

http://rossbishop.com/blog/2013/03/14/hermeticism-a-short-hi...

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Thanks, that does work better

I 've briefed it, but will later go over it with more detail. But from what I have so far read, it looks to be a brief, rather undetailed, but accurate description of events concerning the Gnostics, and ReligioTyrany as practiced by the early/ middle ages Church of Rome.

Thanks for the update.

God Bless
Stēkō Parrēsia

Drew, by the very grace of GOD through the blood of Christ Jesus.
"there shall come after us men whom shall garner great wealth using our system, and having done so shall seek to slam the door of prosperity behind them." George Washington