So I didn’t bother going to see it, and in fact got pretty tired of hearing about it, but I do find gnosticism fascinating, and had begun to figure out that there was a fair bit in the movie, e.g. the term ‘the Watchers’, which I recognised from 1 Enoch.
Here’s an informative and frustrated vent from one Dr. Brian Mattson:
He’s right on the money with recognising all the gnostic signs. You can see this kind of mysticism getting going in some of the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, e.g. 1 Enoch, as well as in some additions to Genesis in the Aramaic Targums. Then the full-blown version of this good-v-evil cosmic myth, where our Creator God is put on the evil side, is found in the Nag Hammadi literature, those addressed by church fathers like Irenaeus (see article in link) and Clement of Alexandria, as well as the Kabbala.
Mattson wonders how even church leaders missed the fact that the movie was based on this long, Gnostic tradition.
But does anyone read the gnostic documents any more? We ought to, because it keeps coming back, always with a new face.
Am I going to see the movie. Hmmm, still not sure I could be bothered just yet. But the gnosticism would be interesting. Twisted and wrong, but interesting.