Religious myths are made as a way of understanding or explaining birth, death, – and the bit between. Whether these myths are merely pathetic attempts at creating systems related to the ego’s fear of oblivion, a desire for justice in an unfair world, or socio-political stunts designed to regulate society, is of course debatable. But it seems clear to me that there is a realm relevant to human existence beyond specific time and place, and wherefrom religious ideas flow. If one refers to this realm as sacred by definition or origin, or merely the unknown void of hope, fear and human aspirations, is a matter of personal opinion or belief. In dealing with the intangible and in-quantifiable entities existing within a religious system, rights and wrongs is bound to be subjectively based, governed by personal outlook, and limited by factual knowledge and spiritual inclination.
The text material in this project is mainly taken from The Nag Hammadi Library, a collection of Gnostic writings found in the Egyptian desert in 1945; – Writings in Coptic in a period where Christianity changed from a limited local religious practice to a universal set of belief systems. The Gnostic cosmology fitted badly in what became normative Christianity and were tried annihilated by diverse church fathers. The figure of Christ is central in the Gnostic pantheon, but with little focus on his suffering and death. The Gnostic Meta world carries elements of classical Greek philosophy, the Jewish esoteric tradition and early hermetic texts.
Theologians, academics and scientists are still debating the importance and relevance of The Nag Hammadi Library. Whatever outcome of the debate, the writings thankfully cannot be reburied.