The World as Corpse, Part II

‘Gnostic’ and ‘scientist’ mean precisely the same thing: knower. (Greek and Latin words, respectively, for ‘knowledge’). So don’t tell me I’m being unscientific. We’re talking about two kinds of knowledge. But the World as Corpse, really now… How could one ‘know’ such a thing? The second century Gnostics knew this about their world. They just couldn’t trust it. They thought of themselves as aliens, thrown into an environment that seemed strange, even hostile. There was Time, and Death, and Sex, not to mention tornados, spiders--disease and madness everywhere. Surely the God (the True God, the Stranger God, the Alien God) they knew from looking deep inside themselves would never have created

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