Marshall Motz

About me

Former Protestant clergyman; graduate University of California, Literature and Philosophy. San Francisco Theological Seminary, Fuller Seminary 1960. Further grad study in Christian Origins, second-century Gnosticism. Author, The Cosmic Lady Was Right, Forgotten. The latter–yet to find an agent or a publisher–is an imaginative reconstruction of Christian beginnings in second-century Antioch where Ignatius sets in motion a movement to create a literalistic institution based on the prevailing mystical Jesus Movement. It’s 100 CE, no Gospels yet. Over in Ephesus the pristine Gnostic Gospel of John is a Work in Progress. Paul leaves when things start getting historical. My protagonist Marcellus, newly installed as deputy deacon to ‘Old Iggy,’ is a notorious skeptic who becomes a misogynist when jilted by his girl Sapphira. Upon losing his boss to the lions in the Coliseum he inherits the project of turning his tiny band of Literalists into a macho world religion. Any agents out there?

From my website

The Goddess on Soul-Making

Look closely. It's a courtyard at Cowell College. Behind the fountain, on the wall, you'll see her: the Goddess, a mural created by former students. I don't know if she's still there, but for now let's call her back, listen to her anew. See her shapely white body, gazing out…

Huckleberry and the Goddess

We all know Huckleberry, right? Just another Fox News clown who wants to be President. Lord have mercy. But never mind, that's for another day. For now, I can't pass up this opportunity to capture this eloquent commentary on a subject familiar to these pages, namely the Paradigm Shift, or…

It's That Time Again

  Jesus.   The name itself is singular. The very core idea inherent in the word eponymous is in him epitomized. I care not who you are, what tortuous and convoluted epistemology you may espouse, you can’t get beyond Jesus. You can’t manage to delete him, or even to diminish…

 
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