Modern Day Gnostic Media

This post highlights the nature of current Gnostic media and literature commonly found online.

Readership: All; Christians;
Author’s Note: This series received some input from Ed Hurst at Radix Fidem.
Reader’s Note: This post is the seventh in a series on Gnosticism.
Length: 1,200 words
Reading Time: 4 minutes

Gnostic Media Presents a Beau Monde Image

Gnostic media and literature is emotionally cold and removed, pretentiously smug, and most certainly elitist, and it prides itself in having this image. But it should be noted that the aristocratic cultured class image presented by proponents is a whitewashed archetypal image designed to veil the true and appeal to the masses, most of whom can never attain anything close to it.

In reality, the average person who consumes Gnostic media and/or reads online Gnostic literature is young, lower to lower-middle class, disenchanted, and an aspiring, trend-worshipping, social climber – a far cry from the suave, upper-class, dignified, erudite, laid back, professional image presented. However, if one has a genuine talent for intuition (pattern perception), one can easily rise in the ranks of Gnostic sages,* especially if one is educated, upper class, and can present a sophisticated image.

A previous post, 10 Defining Traits of Gnosticism (2021-10-28), describes the general content. In addition to the loose dancing logic, perhaps the most ostentatious characteristic of Gnostic literature is that it emphatically embraces sensual pleasures (anything about sex, traveling, spas, fashion, entertainment, etc.) and social popularity (celebrities, scandals, social media impact, status, image, etc.) as being the central sources of joy and meaning in life. Within the Gnostic world view, having these things marks one as being “successful” in life, and a lack of these things indicates that one is of low social (implied as spiritual) worth. Of course, not every individual advertisement, film, and article addresses these topics head on, but if you read between the lines, this is assumed as part of the glorified lifestyle that everyone who is anyone should have. Thus, it poses a strong appeal to young people whose mental stage of development is on this level.

Topics on practical applications are often deployed to make up the most irresistible of all click bait, but seldom is any real wisdom conveyed. Occasionally, you’ll see a piece that explains how to use Gnostic philosophy to control specific contextual outcomes, other people, and/or social situations (e.g. how to catch a man, how to get a raise, how to lose weight, etc.), but this does not appear very frequently because it implies a promise of certain results that are bound to be elusive to the typical reader, and the resulting frustration would cause disillusionment and kickback. In other words, it is far too practical to be of use towards supporting the Gnostic mythos of the whitewashed elitist image, and in fact, leads to a crisis of faith in which people see through the lies of Gnosticism and realize their mortal nature (which is a step towards Christ). So for this reason, most real world applications are either limited in scope, clouded in abstractions, and/or bowdlerized** with trendy but empty talk.

* Christians should know that these goals represent a frustrating enterprise of futility, and should not aspire to rise in their ranks.
** H/T: Sharkly’s riposte at Laughing at Feminism: Is the Bible Bowdlerized? (2021-09-26).

Gnostic media portrays EVERYONE as Attractive, Disciplined, Intelligent, Educated, and Upper-class (AKA ADIEU). The center stage is taken by those who are young, and very literally cool. Check out those smug smirks and snarks.

Current Gnostic Literature

Bustle Digital Group (BDG), is an online publisher that is heavily Gnostic in their philosophy. They claim to be “The largest reach and engagement of any Millennial and Gen Z focused publisher”, and perhaps they are!

If the reader cares to scroll down the linked page at BDG, you’ll find thumbnail images of the leadership team. You’ll notice that they all look fashionably and “sensibly” dressed, and as cool as a cucumber. You won’t find any Gnostic sages with hope in their eyes, true passion, or deep desire (which would be naïve, embarrassing, and ridiculous by their estimations). Underneath the sophistry and class, they’re thoroughly jaded and cynical, and fake smiles abound. This “worldly wise” and “cultured” affect is presented as an aura to be aspired to.

Also note that there are only 8 men on a leadership panel of 31 people! Whatever happened to “Equal Opportunity Employment”?)

The About page reveals an emphasis on “fitting in” to what is presented as an “elite” group of sophisticated social sages, and on “changing the world”.*

“We work with creators to uncover issues and stories that matter through the lens of authenticity, inclusivity, and conversation. An audience-first, personalized approach allows us to speak to the many or the few, united by a boundless curiosity about the changing world and our place in it.”

Despite the claims of “authenticity”, “inclusivity”, and personalized “conversation”, which we know are code words for progressivism, there is a strong undertone of “think like us, be like us, fit into what we deem as the ideal mold for humanity, or else get lost in your own irrelevancy. This is the defacto Gnostic vision of “changing the world”. There is no room for one to have an individual calling.

As a prime example, Elite Daily is a website under BDG that caters to Feminism, but accentuates the feminist boilerplate with a touch of sophistication and class by adding the low spark of high-heeled Gnostic philosophies.

Could Funk be anti-Gnostic?

50 Publishers of Gnostic Prognostications

To give readers a sense of what it is and where it can be found, this section lists 50 publishers of common Gnostic literature currently found online. These media content producers weigh in heavily on the elite glory of Gnostic prognostication. (Warning: Many of these sites collect “personal information”. As an example, BDG’s privacy policy can be found here.)

  1. Allure
  2. Bleacher Report
  3. Bustle
  4. Condé Nast
  5. Condé Nast Traveler
  6. Cosmopolitan
  7. Elite Daily
  8. ELLE
  9. Engadget
  10. Entertainment Weekly
  11. Esquire
  12. Fatherly
  13. Flavorwire
  14. Gawker
  15. Girl’s Life Magazine
  16. Glamour
  17. Gourmet
  18. GQ
  19. Harper’s Bazaar
  20. Hearst
  21. Huffington Post
  22. Input
  23. InStyle
  24. Inverse
  25. Marie Claire
  26. Maxim
  27. Mic
  28. New Beauty
  29. New York Magazine
  30. NYLON
  31. Paperless Post
  32. People
  33. Romper
  34. Scary Mommy
  35. Seventeen
  36. Teen Vogue
  37. The Dad
  38. The Knot
  39. The New Yorker
  40. The Onion, owned by Fusion Media Group, stakes its claim to notoriety by showcasing the oddities of Gnostic prognostications.
  41. The Outline
  42. The Verge
  43. The Zoe Report
  44. Time Inc., especially The Foundry 
  45. Tumblr
  46. Vanity Fair
  47. Vogue (Tailored internationally) and Vogue Magazine
  48. Vox Media
  49. W Magazine
  50. Women’s Health

Of course, this list is far from exhaustive, and only offers the most obvious and egregious media culture prognosticators. I would guess about 70% of all internet content is Gnostic in some shape or form.

One might ask, why are there such a large number of Gnostic online sources? The reason is that they are all intended to target different segments of demographics — people of different backgrounds, races, and socio-economic classes – but not so much towards people of different ages. Note that many of these websites flatly state that their target audience is young people!

Gotta corrupt those young minds with indulgent fantasies while they’re curious, fresh, innocent, and ripe for the spoiling!

More smug smirks and snarks for your mirthful chagrin, with a touch of classic indignancy from the girls.

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8 Responses to Modern Day Gnostic Media

  1. catacombresident says:

    The Bible is matter-of-fact about human sexuality. It seems so odd how, during Victorian times, there arose this silly notion about certain things being “naughty” when nobody believed it. Yet it caught hold as part of the bogus culture the elite were pushing on us Little People. To this day, it still forms a part of the schizophrenic consciousness of a society that worships sex, all while pretending it’s “naughty” on some level. It was meant to weaken faith, by insisting that calling it “naughty” was the “Christian” viewpoint. Somehow, the leadership bought into that, and it still stains the mythology of Western Christianity.

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    • Oscar says:

      “It seems so odd how, during Victorian times, there arose this silly notion about certain things being “naughty” when nobody believed it.”

      It happened long before Victorian times. Desiderius Erasmus, for example, taught way in the 1400s that ideal marriages abstained from sex. Some early Church fathers taught similarly. I believe Augustine was one of them, though I may be wrong about him. Tertullian, Ambrose, and Jerome all taught that, even within marriage, intercourse necessarily involved sin.

      The Church began requiring celibacy from priests in the 5th century. That created a sort of two-tiered system where the “spiritual” Christians (priests, monks, and nuns) were celibate, while the “carnal” Christians (everyone else) were not.

      There’s been a prudish, anti-sex strain in Christianity from the start, and that infection comes from the ascetic strain of Gnosticism.

      1 Timothy 4
      1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

      There are both ascetic, and hedonistic strains on Gnosticism, and both have infected Christianity at different times. The pendulum seems to swing from one to the other. We need to be alert to both.

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      • Joe2 says:

        I was looking at “Lives of the Saints For Every Day of the Year”, published by the Catholic Book Publishing Co., Copyright 1961, IMPRIMATUR: Francis Cardinal Spellman.

        This authoritative book states,

        “Each saint is an imitation, in some degree, of all of the virtues and perfections of the God-Man, Jesus Christ. At the same time each imitates more fully and depicts more vividly one particular perfection of our Lord.”

        It seems that the saints, in general, lived an ascetic lifestyle, described in the book such as “a life of great mortification”, “living as a hermit”, “a married couple bound themselves by a vow of chastity”, “lived in a monastery”, “took the vow of virginity at age five”, etc. Of course, many saints also died as martyrs for their faith.

        There is no doubt that the ascetic strain of Gnosticism took root right from the beginning and by connecting or associating such lifestyle with Jesus causes extremism and gives the pendulum the momentum to swing to the ascetic side.

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      • Oscar says:

        I’d argue that the hedonistic strain of Gnosticism holds sway in modern American Christianity, which is why the “Health Wealth and Prosperity” “Gospel” is so popular, and sexual morals are so worldly. However, the ascetic strain of Gnosticism is always there, in the background, even when the hedonists are popular.

        Also, one group of Christians may have accepted hedonism, while another group may have accepted asceticism. That should not surprise us. The Galatians were deceived by the Judaizers (legalistic ascetics), while the Corinthians were seduced by hedonism.

        As always, the solution is to glorify Christ in whatever circumstances we receive.

        Job 2:10
        Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?

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      • info says:

        “It happened long before Victorian times. Desiderius Erasmus, for example, taught way in the 1400s that ideal marriages abstained from sex. Some early Church fathers taught similarly.”

        I think they also cite the example of the Mother of our God abstaining even after the incarnation of our God in human flesh as a baby in a manger.

        As some kind of ideal. That’s where Protestants would have to disagree. As the alternative explanation of Joseph having children from a previous marriage or that the Greek terms for blood brother and sisters aren’t really referring to them. The Biblical text didn’t seem to indicate their presence until after our Lords birth.

        That combined with the erroneous notions from Gnostic influence. Such that the words of the Apostle Paul, “The marriage bed undefiled”, loses its original intention which is that the unitive and procreative sexual activity in the marriage bed is undefiled.

        Otherwise the Ascetic Gnostics would also have no issue with “The marriage bed undefiled” if it involved no sex. And God through Paul is wrong for rebuking them on that front.

        Plus it would be irresponsible for our Lord to have a family and ascend into Heaven. Thereby ending up as an irresponsible Father. So being single and celibate is best for our Lords mission.

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