"Sexuality and the Sacred in Gnostic Literature"

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Dissertation by Mary Sharpe, Cambridge University

sexual alchemyThis paper (pdf file) looks at love and lust from four different angles that have influenced our modern thinking: Old Testament, New Testament, Classical Greek thought and Gnostic Christian literature.

Can spiritual love be equated with sexual love? Are the two compatible and sustainable? What role models for men and women do these schools of thought produce? Can we rely on dogma and institutional authorities to rule our lives or do we have to take responsibility to know ourselves, experience life and judge it for ourselves based on an openness to new knowledge and self awareness?