I am currently making my way through Apocalypse and the Alien God: Platonism and the Exile of Sethian Gnosticism by Dylan M. Burns, and I have noticed some reoccurring themes in the Gnostic tradition that prop up in various Western religions throughout the Christian Era. The traits are as follows.
- A belief in a chosen, master race descended from an Old Testament patriarch (usually Seth) whose master race qualities are often hidden.
- The idea that a secret teaching was left behind by some avatar of Seth or the divine human (usually on tablets, which are usually bronze or golden).
- The notion that this teaching is passed down, again, in secret.
- The notion that Christ was just one of many avatars of the divine man.
- The notion that only the ascended ones can understand the secret teaching.
These ideas are clearly found in National Socialism, Hinduism, Mormonism, Islam, the New Age, especially Talmudic Zionism.
Zionism seems especially Gnostic because of its claim that its adherents are a master race or chosen people; however, this master race quality is hidden behind the seeming docile and unattractive or weak or friendly appearance of the people. The Talmudic element of Zionism is also especially Gnostic because of the claim that the rabbis are not only the true teachers of the Law, but even supersede God Himself with their teaching.
The idea of a hidden teaching that is recorded some where but passed down also jives well with my theory that Gnosticism was passed down through cells in the Eastern Orthodox Church as well as the belief among witches and occultists today that there movement was merely underground when the Church had power.