Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Melons of Valentinus

I am re-reading Irenaeus's Against Heresies, and came across one of my favorite passages of the book - his reductio ad absurdum discussion of Valentinus's aeonic realms:

But along with it there exists a power which I term a Gourd; and along with this Gourd there exists a power which again I term Utter-Emptiness. This Gourd and Emptiness, since they are one, produced (and yet did not simply produce, so as to be apart from themselves) a fruit, everywhere visible, eatable, and delicious, which fruit-language calls a Cucumber. Along with this Cucumber exists a power of the same essence, which again I call a Melon. These powers, the Gourd, Utter-Emptiness, the Cucumber, and the Melon, brought forth the remaining multitude of the delirious melons of Valentinus. (AH 1.11.4; ANF translation)

Say what you want about Irenaeus, he is funny!


Rebecca said...

This would be a good satire of some kabbalistic language as well!

Or perhaps part of it could be used as the title for an academic paper....

Check out the Academic Essay Title Generator -

Here's a good one:
Melons Of Valentinus: Devising Postmodern Absence and Complicity

Jared Calaway said...

I just did it and got the following:

Contesting Impulsive Margins: The Melons of Valentinus in/and the Marginalized

Scary how ... appropriate ... these titles are...