By Ramona Fradon
The Faust legend visible as a transmission of center Gnostic teachings disguised as a morality story
• exhibits the 16th-century Faust textual content to be a coded, composite Gnostic construction delusion
• Identifies the various airtight, alchemical, and Tantric symbols present in Faust that characterize worship of the divine female via sacramental sexual practices
• unearths a magical means of non secular salvation, as distilled from esoteric traditions
In The Gnostic Faustus, Ramona Fradon exhibits the legend of health care provider Faustus to be a composite Gnostic construction delusion that unearths the method of religious salvation. approximately each component to the unique 16th-century textual content is a metaphor containing profound religious messages in keeping with passages of Coptic and Syrian Gnostic manuscripts, together with the Pistis Sophia and The Hymn of the Pearl. Fradon identifies many airtight, alchemical, and Tantric symbols within the Faust ebook that accompany the tale of Sophia, the goddess of knowledge, whose stricken trip to salvation is a version for human religious improvement. large line-by-line textual content comparisons with those Gnostic manuscripts convey that Faustus’s corruption through the satan and his depression parallel Sophia’s transgression and fall, and that his tragic demise is a straightforward reversal of her cheerful rebirth, so written so one can make an another way heretical tale palatable to Church gurus at that time.
Fradon demonstrates that the Faust legend is a motor vehicle for transmitting antiquity’s mystery knowledge. It offers an account of religious initiation whose target is ecstatic revelation and union with the divine. the weather of alchemy, sacramental intercourse, and worship of the divine female which are encoded within the Faust booklet demonstrate a similar hidden goddess-worshipping culture whose practices are hinted at by means of the writings of Renaissance magi reminiscent of Cornelius Agrippa and Giordano Bruno.