GP004 Your Bibles Wrong

In this episode of the Gnostic Podcast Dr. Jay Forrest tackles the question of who wrote the Bible, who chose which books would be in the New Testament, and were their choices right. If you always believed that God gave us the Bible and that the New Testament always had 27 books in it, this episode may rock your world. The fact is that scholars have know for a while that there are books in the Bible that are forgeries. That is right, there are books in the Bible that scholars believe lie about their authorship. They claim to be written by an Apostle but are not. Which means that that the Bible as you have it today is wrong. Forgeries have no place in the Bible. This opens the question that if they got even one book wrong, how many other books did they get wrong? And then, what about the lost Gospels like Thomas, should they be added to the Bible? The further you study, the more you realize that you need to know for yourself the answer to these questions, because your conservative pastor is surely not going to tell you the objective truth.

CREDITS
Theme Music was I believe by Dale Rucklos
Closing Song was Little White Church by Steven Dunston

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The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance
Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible

Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew
The Gnostic Gospels

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GP003: Simon Magus and Gnostic Christianity

In this episode of the Gnostic Podcast Dr. Jay Forrest explores the claim that Simon Magus of Acts chapter 8 is the founder of Gnosticism. The claim was made by the early heresy hunters, but is it true? The simple answer is no. As we explain, there were two other Simons that were confused with this Simon of Acts. The Simon Magus of the book of Acts was a magician and nothing more. He converted to Christianity and thats all we hear from him. The next Simon was a non-Christian Gnostic who lived a generation or two after the first Simon. Justin and the other heresy hunters got the two confused. The third Simon is actually a code name used by the Ebionites for the apostle Paul. The reason this question is so important is that people wrongly point to Acts 8 to prove that Gnosticism was proven wrong by the apostle Peter.  The only thing wrong was that Simon Magus was trying to buy the power to give the Holy Spirit. Simon Magus was not a Gnostic and Gnostic Christianity did not start with him. Jesus started Gnostic Christianity, and Thomas, Paul, and John carried on Jesus original teaching.

CREDITS
Theme Music was I believe by Dale Rucklos
Closing Song was The Dreamers Overture by J.T. Bruce

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Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew
The Gnostic Gospels
Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing
Simon Magus: An Essay on the Founder of Simonianism

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GP002: Rethinking Church History

In this episode of the Gnostic Podcast Dr. Jay Forrest challenges us to rethink church history. As he explains, most everything we were taught about early Christianity is false. First, we need to rethink the monolithic idea of early Christianity. Scholars are now saying that early Christianity was diverse and that there was no one church or theology in the beginning. Second, we need to rethink the idea that right always wins. Just because the Gnostics lost doesnt mean they were wrong. Third, we need to rethink the heresy label. Fourth, we need to rethinking the selective reporting of the early heresy hunters. And finally, we need to rethink the results of the suppression and persecution of the Gnostic Christians. This episode is sure to challenge your ideas of the history of the early Christian church.

CREDITS
Theme Music was I believe by Dale Rucklos
Closing Song was The Gnostic by Ether Ashe

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The Gospel of Mary of Magdala

Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew
The Gnostic Gospels
Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing

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GP001: What is Gnosis?

In this episode of the Gnostic Podcast Dr. Jay Forrest defines gnosis and explains why ones definition of gnosis will determine what one thinks about the Gnostics and their beliefs. There are two different definitions of what gnosis is. One holds that it is esoteric teachings, which in turn makes the Gnostics out to be Occultists. The other view, put forth here, is that gnosis is the experiential knowledge of God, which in turn makes the Gnostics out to be mystics. Jay says, For me, a Gnostic is simply a mystic who has the freedom to think. This podcast definitely sets the focus and tone for upcoming episodes.

CREDITS
Theme Music was I believe by Dale Rucklos
Closing Song was Last Resurrection of the First Bob Dylan by Broken Poets

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Forbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism
The Gnostic Gospels
Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew

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GP000: Why I Am a Christian Gnostic

In this episode of the Gnostic Podcast Dr. Jay Forrest explains his own spiritual journey from an orthodox Protestant minister to a Gnostic Christian. This is a very personal look into the life of a modern Gnostic Christian. In this episode he discusses the influences that made him reconsider his beliefs about God, the Bible, Church, and Church history. He also shares the three most influential books in his intellectual journey to a Gnostic Christianity. And finally he explains why he started the podcast and what its purpose is.

CREDITS
Theme Music was I believe by Dale Rucklos
Closing Song was The Final Rewind by Tryad

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BOOKSTORE
Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity
The Gnostic Gospels
Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew
What the Bleep Do We Know!?

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