- the Hermetic Philosophy and
the roots of the first Christianity
"What is lower is like what is higher, and what is higher is like what is lower."
(Hermes Trismegistus - Tabula Smaragdina)
In the 4th century BC Alexander the Great went on a conquest to the East. What was his intention?
Why was he welcomed in Egypt?
He orders the creation of a city where all the knowledge of Egypt is collected in one large library, and this is a major attraction for other cultures. From this the mythological figure of Hermes Trismegistus will emerge, and the Hermetic Philosophy will take shape.
What are the basic principles of this universal philosophy? And what is the impact on the evolution of our thinking?
In the first century of our era, a new movement emerged within the Hebrew world, Christianity.
This new movement will grow rapidly, also outside the Jewish community. However, this movement has a number of influences, including that of the Hermetic Philosophy.
The Nag Hammadi writings show that some of the first followers had a certain knowledge and were even initiated. Mary of Magdala, Thomas and Philip clearly had knowledge of the Gnosis, but there are as many questions about the status of the leader, Jeshua / Jesus.
With this lecture I provide an insight into Hermetic Philosophy, early Christian thinking, and the links between the two.
anyone who is interested in history, Hermetic Philosophy, early Christianity, symbolism, esotericism.
No prior knowledge of one of these topics is required.
Duration of this lecture:
about 2 hours, afterwards the audience has the opportunity to ask questions.