«God was standing over him as he lay on the grass by the waters and the weeping willows. He lay wide-eyed and as weak as a baby just born. God was poking him in the ribs with the end of an iron cane. God was a tall man of middle age. He had a long black forked beard, and He was wearing the Sunday best of an English gentleman of the 53rd year of Queen Victoria’s reign.
“You’re late”, God said. “Long past due for the payment of your debt, you know.”
“What debt?” […]
“You owe for the flesh”, replied God, poking him again with the cane. “Not to mention the spirit. You owe for the flesh and the spirit, which are one and the same thing.”
Darkness fell. God began to dissolve into the darkness. It was then that Burton saw that God resembled himself. […]
“You look like the Devil”, Burton said, but God had become just another shadow in the darkness.»
Philip José Farmer, To your Scattered Bodies go (1971), pp. 11-12.
Diz Erik Davis, em Techgnosis: Myth, Magic and Misticism in the Age of Information, que uma parte não negligenciável da literatura de ficção científica contém elementos (latentes ou declarados) de dualismo e gnosticismo.
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Versão preliminar de uma comunicação apresentada no Colóquio «Gnose e Gnosticismo: Genealogias e Emergências», (Porto, 15 de Novembro de 2008, organização do Instituto São Tomás de Aquino e do Centro de Estudos do Pensamento Português da Universidade Católica Portuguesa). A versão definitiva integrará as actas deste mesmo colóquio, ainda no prelo.