Denying Reality: The Gnostic Left

A Hebrew prophet once asked the rhetorical question: “Can a leopard change his spots or the Ethiopian his skin?”  Much later, another prophet asked, “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” The idea was that there are certain realities that humans cannot change by a mere exercise of will. Even the beasts instinctively accept how they are made. But the prophets’ common-sense observations about the unchanging nature of material realities has in our day been thrown aside in exchange for a fantasy philosophy that is akin to alchemists’ dream that if we only had secret means to do so, we could change lead into gold.  The fantasy philosophy that insists human will combined with spiritual power can defy and change material reality is called Gnosticism. Gnosticism is basically a pessimistic belief, as it tries to repudiate the existence of the whole universe, which is seen as irretrievably corrupt....(Read Full Article)