The sources of gnosis – an evening of gnosticism scholarship in Amsterdam

van den Broek Gnostic Religion cover

A new book on the primary sources of “gnosticism” by Roelof van den Broek

On the 29th of May there will be an evening of gnosis at the Spui25 venue in Amsterdam. A group of scholars, some known as world-leading specialists of gnosticism and ancient Christianity will meet to discuss the latest book by Roelof van den Broek, Gnostic Religion in Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2013 – essentially an English version of his 2010 book in Dutch, mentioned previously at Heterodoxology). At the centre of discussion is the primary sources of “gnostic” religion: what’s really in there? How does the content of these sources relate to recent understandings of gnosticism, whether by scholars, educated laypersons or among contemporary spiritual practitioners?

Roelof van den Broek himself is joined by the Nag Hammadi scholar Matthew Dillon (Rice University), the specialist of religions in antiquity Albert De Jong (Leiden University), and Wouter Hanegraaff and Jacqueline Borsje from the Religious Dynamics and Cultural Diversity research group at the University of Amsterdam.

The event is free, but requires registration (see website).


Science and religion for lunch? Illustre School lecture, 12 April 2012

Lecture at Spui25, Amsterdam

I have been invited to give a public lecture in the Illustre School’s lunch lecture series, “Geesteswetenschappen presenteert” (“The Humanities present…”). The topic is nothing less than “The relationship between science and religion”, which I will of course set forth in a final and authoritative manner in the exactly 18 minutes that I am given…  So if you want a heavy lunch on April 12, please do come to Spui25 in the centre of Amsterdam. Seats are limited, so you need to register at Spui25’s website if you want to come (please note that registration only opens one month in advance of the lecture).

The full program can be found here, but the abstract reads as follows:


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Esoteric news, January 2012

Among the updates: 1st International Conference on Contemporary Esotericism

A number of newsworthy things have popped up in the world of esotericism scholarship lately, but as I have been tied up with reaching deadlines, they have not found their way to Heterodoxology yet. The solution? A brief list of updates, below. Some of it you may already have read about over at Invocatio, the Phoenix Rising website, or some other etheric place, but no harm is done in hearing something twice.