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

Hitler and the Goddess

  You know what? A battle is going on all around us in our time, harbinger of a monumental paradigm shift, maybe the biggest in recorded history—and I'll bet you're sleeping through it. Awake! As a sort of Gnostic, that's my message, in case you hadn't noticed. I keep trying.…

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…

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