Who We Are

Vestiges of Christianity is a news blog maintained under the direction of Bishop Bryan D. Ouellette, Ph.D., SOSM. Our goal is to reconcile ancient Christian theology with contemporary orthodox Christian practices and understandings. Our praxis carries with it a strong eastern liturgical focus while maintaining a freedom of spirituality that is true to ancient Christian ideology. We welcome anyone who desires to discover gnosis through the expression of early Christianity. We use the word "gnosis" with the intention to reflect its original meaning of soteriological knowledge, mystical wisdom and spiritual realization. While we encourage a working philosophical comprehension of Classical Gnosticism from antiquity, we are not a Gnostic or reconstructionist church. Our theology is orthodox, our approach, furthermore, is mystically liberating.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Theological Conundrums: Who is Satan? Part 3

On this final segment of this "Who is Satan" series, Bishop Bryan provides his final contention that ultimately answers this very question. We have seen how the conventional theology rectifies the many problems of Satan's fundamental identity. We have also explored the more enlightened esoteric/mystical considerations. Now we draft our response to the ancient question of Who Satan is and where he came from.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Theological Conundrums: Who is Satan? Part 2

Last time Bishop Bryan introduced you to the problematic translations that gave rise to both Jesus and Satan being referred to under the same Biblical reference (i.e., satan {Hebrew for accuser} lucifer {Latin for Morning Star/Light-bearer} with the lower cases intentional). On Part 2, he will discuss the theological, esoteric, and mystical implications of this seemingly benign issue of semantics. Is the traditional interpretation correct? Is this just a play on Satan wanting to be worshiped like God? Is it simply an awkward translation problem? Or is there something deeper at work that only a reference to Hindu emanations can clarify?  Find out!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Theological Conundrums: Who is Satan?

Christians all over the world think they understand the concept of the devil. Modern theology seems to present a straightforward position on Satan, often represented as Lucifer, the fallen angel. Yet, few truly understand how the ancient Jewish world-view approached the concept of Satan. In fact, Orthodox Christian theology presents us with a disturbing notion, that Christ and Satan may very well be two sides of the same Divine emanation, not unlike the Hindu concept of Shiva and his consort Kali! Is this heresy? Or just an example of how little modern Christians understand about their own theology?

Prepare yourselves. Bishop Bryan is about to shake up your Christian paradigm forever. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Emanations of God: Understanding the Holy Trinity

Bishop Bryan discusses both the conventional and esoteric views on the nature of the Holy Trinity. Who is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? How do they relate to each other? Can Hinduism and Gnosticism shed some light on the nature of this Christian reality? Find out on this episode of Vestiges of Christianity.

Bishop Bryan D. Ouellette Talks about Exorcism on KAUG's Show: Dial W For Weird

If you missed Bishop Bryan's guest appearance on Dial W For Weird from April 28, 2016, you may listen to the archived show here: