April 10, 2010 5 Comments
Poised on the cusp of the summer season, as Hollywood begins to release it’s usual torrent of mind numbing crud, the “paranoid” observer would do well not to overlook, one of the “hidden gems” of semiotic programing that has, largely, slipped under the radar of media fanfare. “Knowing”, with Nicolas Cage, seems to line up quite nicely with the actor’s self-professed interest in the neo-gnostic theology of 17th century German mystic Jakob Böhme. The film is yet another, in a growing line of Cage movies that involve aspects of what might be called paranormal and conspiracy discourse. Others include “National Treasure,” focusing on the idea of hidden Freemasonic secrets in architecture, “Next” a film about a psychic predicting a major terrorist attack, and the 9-11 whitewash “World Trade Center,” just to name a few. Although, “Knowing” wasn’t written or directed by Cage, certain Behmenist underpinnings seem to be present nonetheless.
The theology of Böhme, to which Hegel (and by extension Marx and his myriad offspring) are partially indebted, is itself derived from the hermetic, kabbalistic milieu that permeated Renaissance Europe. Taking his cue from 16th century Jewish Kabbalist Isaac Luria, Böhme developed a theology in which creation, the Fall of Lucifer and the Fall of Man were all part of a necessary process for God and Man to attain self-knowledge. This runs contrary to the traditional Christian teaching that God is possessed of all knowledge and fulfillment, that creation is a gift from God, not something God did out of any requirement and that a fall from grace is caused by a misapplication of free will. Read more of this post