I really want to stress the last of these blog posts. I was unaware of Philip Tite before this debate. His understanding of the subject, and the flaws in Dr. Hurtado’s argument was spot-on. I have a search alert set up for Gnostic terms, so I catch most of this stuff as it floats around the internet, but I’ve missed Dr. Tite until now. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out from now on.
The dismissal of Gnosticism by New Testament scholars is a bit disturbing, and news to me. Gnosticism, despite being rejected by the larger church, was certainly instrumental in defining the larger church. Those of us who call ourselves Gnostic today, in one form or another, have no trouble seeing the intellectual value of the Gnostic scriptures. However, the esoteric isn’t supposed to be explained to the masses in simple terms. Saying that the ancient Gnostics were stupid because they don’t fit with your narrow view of “intellect” is sloppy and, quite frankly, hateful.
Stop it, Dr. Hurtado.