By Ramona Fradon
The Faust legend obvious as a transmission of center Gnostic teachings disguised as a morality story
• indicates the 16th-century Faust textual content to be a coded, composite Gnostic construction delusion
• Identifies the numerous airtight, alchemical, and Tantric symbols present in Faust that represent worship of the divine female via sacramental sexual practices
• unearths a paranormal strategy of non secular salvation, as distilled from esoteric traditions
In The Gnostic Faustus, Ramona Fradon exhibits the legend of healthcare professional Faustus to be a composite Gnostic construction delusion that unearths the method of religious salvation. approximately each part of the unique 16th-century textual content is a metaphor containing profound religious messages in line 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 publication that accompany the tale of Sophia, the goddess of knowledge, whose bothered trip to salvation is a version for human non secular improvement. huge line-by-line textual content comparisons with those Gnostic manuscripts convey that Faustus’s corruption by means of the satan and his depression parallel Sophia’s transgression and fall, and that his tragic dying is a straightforward reversal of her pleased rebirth, so written which will make an in a different 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 objective 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 publication display an analogous hidden goddess-worshipping culture whose practices are hinted at by way of the writings of Renaissance magi comparable to Cornelius Agrippa and Giordano Bruno.