The Buried Deep blog is a vast desert of Church History, a dangerous landscape filled with forgotten stories, heresies, much-neglected facts, and challenges to sacred faith. It is also a place where I can freely speculate on historical and philosophical matters.
Subjects currently covered at Buried Deep include:
– Early Christian doctrines
– Christian Gnosticism
– Early Egyptian Christianity
– Second Temple Jewish literature
– Religious syncretism in Late Antiquity
– Early Jewish Christianity
– The historical Jesus
– The Gospel of the Kingdom
– The Dead Sea Scrolls
– The Nag Hammadi Codices
Below are a few Frequently Asked Questions about the Buried Deep blog:
Q: You write a lot about Gnosticism and paganism. Are you a Gnostic?
A: I am not a Gnostic, but I do hold the study of Gnosticism and late paganism to be extremely valuable for understanding the historical development of Christian doctrine.
Q: What is your position on the nature of Gnosticism?
A: Currently, I utilize the more “broad” definition of “Gnosticism”, typical of the German “History of Religions school.” I disagree with the suggestion of the 1966 Messina conference which makes a distinction between “Gnostic” and “proto-Gnostic” ideas and movements. In my opinion, this too narrowly defines “Gnosticism” as the Christian phenomenon described by Ireneaus and represented by much of the Nag Hammadi literature. “Gnosticism” is not a Christian heresy, as in the claims of Puech, Nock, and Petrement. It is in fact a pre-Christian movement or tendency, as in Bultmann, Reitzenstein, and Boussett. However, I disagree with these latter scholars that we can adequately substantiate a pre-Christian “Gnostic Redeemer myth.” In my opinion, the catalyst for the arrival of the Gnostic Redeemer myth was Jesus Christ. Thus “Gnosticism” is pre-Christian, but the “Gnostic Redeemer myth” is not. I do not believe that Gnosticism, as a spiritual movement, is defined by the presence of such a myth, and I ultimately account for the diversity in “Gnosticism” by identifying “Gnosticisms” (plural) in the manner of Barnstone and Meyer.
Q: Are you a Christian?
A: Yes, I am a Biblical Unitarian Christian. In other words, I do not hold to the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity, and instead believe the Bible teaches that the Father is the only one who is true God, and that Jesus is God’s only-begotten human son. More about the Biblical Unitarian view can be discovered here. More about my personal journey with Christianity can be found here, and here.