While conducting some research about Gnosticism, I came across the word Demiurge, which has an interesting relationship to the Craft and Gnosis.  Let me explain.

Let’s first take a look at what Wikipedia said about Gnosticism:

Gnosticism (from Ancient Greek: γνωστικός gnostikos, “learned”, from γνῶσις gnōsis, knowledge) describes a collection of ancient religions whose adherents shunned the material world created by the demiurge and embraced the spiritual world. Gnostic ideas influenced many ancient religions that teach that gnosis (variously interpreted as knowledge, enlightenment, salvation, emancipation or ‘oneness with God’) may be reached by practicing philanthropy to the point of personal poverty, sexual abstinence (as far as possible for hearers, completely for initiates) and diligently searching for wisdom by helping others. However, practices varied among those who were Gnostic. In Gnosticism, the world of the demiurge is represented by the lower world, which is associated with matter, flesh, time and, more particularly, an imperfect, ephemeral world. The world of God is represented by the upper world and is associated with the soul and perfection. The world of God is eternal and not part of the physical. It is impalpable and timeless. To rise to God, the Gnostic must reach the knowledge, which mixes philosophy, metaphysics, curiosity, culture, knowledge, and the secrets of history and the universe.

Gnosticism is primarily defined in a Christian context. In the past, some scholars thought that gnosticism predated Christianity and included pre-Christian religious beliefs and spiritual practices argued to be common to early Christianity, Neoplatonism, Hellenistic Judaism, Greco-Roman mystery religions, and Zoroastrianism (especially Zurvanism).

As can be seen from the above quote, the word Demiurge is mentioned twice. Now let’s see what Wikipedia said about it:

In the Platonic, Neopythagorean, Middle Platonic and Neoplatonic schools of philosophy, the demiurge (/ˈdɛmiˌɜr/) is an artisan-like figure responsible for the fashioning and maintenance of the physical universe. The term was subsequently adopted by the Gnostics. Although a fashioner, the demiurge is not necessarily the same as the creator figure in the familiar monotheistic sense, because both the demiurge itself plus the material from which the demiurge fashions the universe are considered either uncreated and eternal, or the product of some other being, depending on the system.

The word “demiurge” is an English word from a Latinized form of the Greek δημιουργός, dēmiourgos, literally “public worker”, and which was originally a common noun meaning “craftsman” or “artisan”, but gradually it came to mean “producer” and eventually “creator”. The philosophical usage and the proper noun derive from Plato’s Timaeus, written c. 360 BC, in which the demiurge is presented as the creator of the universe. This is accordingly the definition of the demiurge in the Platonic (c. 310–90 BC) and Middle Platonic (c. 90 BC – 300 AD) philosophical traditions. In the various branches of the Neoplatonic school (third century onwards), the demiurge is the fashioner of the real, perceptible world after the model of the Ideas, but (in most Neoplatonic systems) is still not itself “the One”. In the arch-dualist ideology of the various Gnostic systems, the material universe is evil, while the non-material world is good.

https://i1.wp.com/static.newworldencyclopedia.org/thumb/7/7c/SophiaMystical.jpg/250px-SophiaMystical.jpgDid you catch that? The word Demiurge means ‘craftsman’ or ‘artisan.’ Really! This, of course, is a direct reference to the Craft. However, there’s more, it is also a direct reference to Jesus – really. In short, Jesus was not simply a carpenter; rather, he was a Mason, Craftsman or Artisan – they are all the same.

Therefore, it’s not a stretch to think of Demiurge as a Jesus like figure – of course, predating the period of Jesus’ life. You see, the idea of Jesus is a repeating universal theme for mankind’s redemption, similar to Hermes, Mithras, etc.

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

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