This Ancient Heresy Explains Our Culture’s Embrace of Homosexuality & Abortion

by -
An ancient gnostic symbol. / Public Domain, Wikipedia / ChurchPOP

“My friends, we’re in trouble. I won’t mince words with you,” said Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and director of the  James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.  “Culturally, politically, morally, civilizationally – we’re in bad shape.”

The rapid transformation of society’s values, George argued, can be traced to a second century heresy: Gnosticism.

“For many of us, it is difficult to understand. How did we get from there to here? How is it that today you are considered a bigot if you think biological males should not be in the women’s shower rooms in high school? Are you wondering how did that happen? Wasn’t it just yesterday that it was common sense that girls shower with girls and boys shower with boys?” George said.

Opposing beliefs of what it means to be a human being define the conflict between Judeo-Christian and natural law worldviews and “social liberalism” based on neo-Gnosticism, George said in a talk to several hundred people during the four-day Napa Institute conference in northern California earlier this month. The conference was created to inform Catholics in an age of growing secularization, according to its website.

Neo-Gnosticism views the body as a mere instrument of the spirit or mind, he said. In contrast, Catholicism believes that spirit and body are unified, George said. In the Catholic Church, St. Irenaeus successfully refuted Gnostic philosophies in the second and third centuries, including a view that only Jesus’ spirit rose from the dead. Nevertheless, different versions of Gnosticism recur through the ages, George said. “Gnostic heresies have arisen time and time again. Today they are back again.”

Same sex marriage, abortion, euthanasia, transgenderism all derive from a neo-Gnostic view of what a human being is, George said. Gnostic ideas are “ideologically dominant among our cultural elites,” George said.

Pope Francis “has been a determined critic of gender ideology and the neo-Gnosticism that underlies it,” George said. He quoted Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si: “It is not a healthy attitude which would seek to cancel out sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it.”

In Gnosticism, the spirit or mind can choose its identity without regard for biology, whether a person is born a man or a woman, he said. “If human persons are merely mental substances…then human beings and being a biological member of the human species is not necessarily enough to be a human person,” George said.

”In that case, those human beings in the embryonic and early infant stages are not yet persons. They are human beings but they are pre-personal human beings.” Similarly, victims of advanced dementia, comatose patients “are no longer persons. Uncle Harry was a person once…but you see no one is home,” George said. “You see how abortion and euthanasia are justified,” he said.

Similarly, if physical bodies do not matter, then sexuality can take any form for any person, regardless of biology, he said. “It is not that people think you are wrong to oppose the concept of same sex marriage. They think you are nuts,” George said.

Originally posted on Catholic San Francisco

[See also: LGBT Agenda Is a Demonic Attack on the Family, Cardinal Sarah Warns U.S.]

[See also: What Does Pope Francis Think of “Gender Theory”?]




  1. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this website. I’m hoping the same high-grade blog post from you in the upcoming also. Actually your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own blog now. Actually the blogging is spreading its wings rapidly. Your write up is a great example of it.

  2. This website is mostly a stroll-by for all of the info you wanted about this and didn’t know who to ask. Glimpse right here, and you’ll definitely discover it.

  3. Excellent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you are just extremely fantastic. I actually like what you have acquired here, certainly like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still take care of to keep it sensible. I can not wait to read much more from you. This is really a tremendous web site.|

  4. I absolutely love your blog and find many of your post’s to be just what I’m looking for. Do you offer guest writers to write content for yourself? I wouldn’t mind writing a post or elaborating on a lot of the subjects you write about here. Again, awesome blog!|

  5. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz respond as I’m looking to create my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. thanks a lot|

  6. With havin so much written content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright infringement? My site has a lot of unique content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my agreement. Do you know any ways to help reduce content from being stolen? I’d genuinely appreciate it.|

  7. Heya fantastic website! Does running a blog like this require a great deal of work? I have virtually no understanding of computer programming but I was hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyhow, should you have any recommendations or tips for new blog owners please share. I understand this is off subject but I just wanted to ask. Kudos!|

  8. I was wondering if you ever considered changing the page layout of your website? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or 2 pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?|

  9. Hello there! Quick question that’s entirely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My website looks weird when browsing from my iphone4. I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to resolve this problem. If you have any recommendations, please share. Thank you!|

  10. Thanks a lot for sharing this with all people you actually realize what you are speaking about! Bookmarked. Please additionally visit my site =). We may have a link change contract between us|

  11. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a friend who had been conducting a little homework on this. And he actually ordered me dinner because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending some time to discuss this subject here on your internet site.|

  12. I think this is one of the most vital information for me. And i am glad reading your article. But want to remark on some general things, The web site style is perfect, the articles is really nice : D. Good job, cheers|

  13. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to mention that I have really loved browsing your weblog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing on your rss feed and I’m hoping you write once more soon!|

  14. Woah! I’m really digging the template/theme of this site. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s difficult to get that “perfect balance” between superb usability and visual appearance. I must say that you’ve done a excellent job with this. In addition, the blog loads extremely fast for me on Opera. Excellent Blog!|

  15. Thanks on your marvelous posting! I truly enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author.I will make certain to bookmark your blog and will eventually come back in the future. I want to encourage you continue your great writing, have a nice afternoon!|

  16. I have read some good stuff here. Certainly worth bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how much effort you put to create such a wonderful informative web site.

  17. Hey There. I found your weblog the usage of msn. This is an extremely well written article. I will make sure to bookmark it and come back to learn more of your helpful information. Thank you for the post. I will certainly comeback.|

  18. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I will definitely return.|

  19. Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to make a superb article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and don’t seem to get anything done.|

  20. Magnificent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely great. I really like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still take care of to keep it smart. I can’t wait to read much more from you. This is really a wonderful website.|

Leave a Reply