Seth – gnostic hero, son of Adam, father of humanity


15th century depiction of Cain and Abel, Specu...
15th century depiction of Cain and Abel, Speculum Humane Salvationis, Germany. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Knights Templar were believed to be attracted to the gnostic variant of Christianity which in turn draws from pre-Christian beliefs with a heavy influence from Plato.  Crudely put, the material world is a sham and through a deep knowledge attained through intense meditation and a life of good, we can open the curtain to reveal the true spiritual world beyond.  OK – that’s very, very crudely put. But essentially, the gnostics viewed God and the Christian story in philosophically dualist terms – there is the human story played out here in a world of material shadows, but hidden from view is the true nature of God that we must strive to discover.

Some early gnostics venerated the figure of Seth – the third son of Adam and Eve.  He was born when Adam was 130 years old (remember that everybody in the book of Genesis lives to a crazily old age). Adam, incidentally, would live another 800 years after the birth of Seth. This son was given by God to Adam to replace Abel who you will recall had been killed by biblical bad guy Cain. In chapter five of Genesis, you will discover that it’s through Seth’s lineage that we arrive at Noah and given that every other human being is snuffed out by the flood, that makes Seth the father of humanity.

Seth has been worshiped in Judaism, Christianity and Islam – he is seen as the originator of the Kabbala to many Jews and to Islamic Sufis, he was a prophet possessing great wisdom passed on to him by his father Adam.  Up to the Middle Ages, there was a branch of Christian gnosticism now termed the Sethians.  Needless to say this adoration of Seth is believed to have been passed down to the Knights Templar.

 

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2 thoughts on “Seth – gnostic hero, son of Adam, father of humanity

    1. Templars were a mixed bunch from the educated to the illiterate but I don’t see any reason why a better read Templar wouldn’t be aware of gnosticism. Regarding “evidence” – you’re right of course to question many statements made about the Templars and much must be taken with the requisite pinch of skeptical salt. The Templar/gnostic link has been long debated – here’s one link on the subject: http://www.sacred-texts.com/sro/rrm/rrm35.htm

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