Wednesday, June 10, 2015

demiurge - it turns out we're all evil

To ancient Greeks, a demiurge was a craftsman or artisan. In 360 BC, Plato used it to refer to a being responsible for fashioning and maintaining the universe. It is not necessarily the same as a creator figure in the monotheistic sense because the material that the demiurge is made of is either uncreated and eternal or it is the product of some other being.

Gnostics were a group that considered the material universe evil and the non-material universe good. Therefore, they considered the demiurge to be a creature of evil. Seems kind of harsh to consider everything the human race has ever accomplished or experienced as inherently evil.

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