From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: RE: (urth) Gnostic Wolfe Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 09:36:04 -0800 Adam and Tom exchanging ... > >> I don't see any particular connection between the Long Sun > >> books and Gnosticism, either positive and negative. > > > > Silk holds the "primary" Gnostic belief - that the god(s) of this > > world/Whorl are false, > > But this is not specific to Gnosticism, but true for any > monotheist in a polytheistic world--like Silk. For clarity: The "Gnostic model" of the Long Sun books is this: In Wolfe's "major" works, he presents settings in an orthodox Catholic universe in which "other" religious traditions can be literalized. tBotNS portrays a world in which Kabbala is literally true; the "Soldier" books portray a world in which paganism -- sc. Greek myth -- is literally true. And in the Long Sun books, he is portraying a world, set against a larger, orthodox Catholic universe, in which Gnosticism (or at least one form of it) is literally true. To summarize how a form of Gnosticism is literalized in the Long Sun books: All things (the whole larger universe in which the "Sun" books are, overall, set) emanate from the one True God (Silk's Outsider). From those "emanations," a Demiurge (Pas), with the help of other "Archons" (Pas' family and the lesser gods) have made a false, material world (the Whorl). In such a world, the only way in which humans and the True God can approach each other is by an act of Gnosis (Silk's enlightenment), for which a human may and must prepare himself (Silk's discipline and religious training), but which is still ultimately an act of the True God. Zat make sense? --Blattid --