Raiders of the Unknown
About This Show
Mystic-Skeptic Media Presents: Raiders of the Unknown Podcast.
Our new show focuses on religious history and biblical theology. We are researchers who dig through scholarship, archeology, history and the supernatural to find the discernible truth of some of the most enigmatic subjects in human history.
David Daniel Gonzalez is a volunteer radio producer and host of Mystic-Skeptic Radio show/podcast which addresses popular culture, politics and philosophy. Since 2015 he has worked in the field of public broadcasting, originally with 88.3 The Farm Radio WUTZ FM. In 2016 his original program started airing on the Pacifica affiliate and listener-supported radio station WRFN-LP – Radio Free Nashville 107.1 FM in Nashville, TN. Raiders of the Unknown is a collaboration with other academics in the quest for gaining insights from the past.
Most Recent Episode
Magic in Christianity: Jesus The Gnostic AudioDocumentary
Nov 7, 2017
In this week’s show our guest is Robert Conner author of "Jesus the Sorcerer" and "Magic in Christianity: From Jesus to the Gnostics" . His articles “The Romans meet Jesus” and “Faking Jesus” are featured on disinfo.com and Scribd respectively.
In Part 2 of our discussion we focus on the early church's relationship to magic and Jesus’ connection to Greek culture including Gnosticism. We also discuss sorcery and demonology in the Greco/Roman culture of that time. According to Gershon Scholem, the late expert in Jewish mysticism, Jewish Gnosticism did not exist since as Kabbalistic literature did not develop until later centuries. Mr. Conner discusses the work of Elaine Pagels,’ an expert in the Gnostic Gospels, as she wrote the most extensive work on Gnosticism in Paul’s writings. Our guest shares the worldview of the apocalyptic groups which were part of first century Judaism. However, he does not address claims scholarly concerns that the gospels are not historically reliable sources, but apologetic missionary tracts which make it difficult to do a historical reconstruction of the events that transpired. At first impression it appears that in some of his works he claims that the Gnostics were the majority of Jesus followers. This is one of the controversial points of his argument since it is part of the justification for his view of Jesus and his followers using magic to gain members. Gnosticism is known as secretive in nature, not evangelistic as many groups in that time period and beyond. I asked our guest regarding the sexuality of Jesus and his followers because in his booklet Faking Jesus he alludes to the accusation of some Roman leaders that the early Christians were immoral in their relationships. This type of personal attack on the opposition is common among groups struggling for political power. The demonization of the other is the easiest way to neutralize your opponents views. Mr. Conner also does not address the differences between the Gnostic perspective of God and the biblical one. Many religious groups of the first century including the Essenes at Qumran, reinterpreted the scriptures to meet their theological needs, but this does not mean they were heretical for doing this since it took centuries for classical Judaism to develop.
Episodes of This Show
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