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Son of Perdition: The Magic and Hubris of Simon Magus 

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A retelling of the legendary conflict between ancient magic and the Apostolic Church.

The author investigates how ancient magical operations such as necromancy, transmutation, sex magic and transvection (amongst others) acted as opposing forces to the powers of the Apostles and the growth of the early Church. With a foreword by Tony Hutchins.  

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Son of Perdition: The Magic and Hubris of Simon Magus 

The appearance of Simon Magus in the New Testament is colourful but brief, and more questions are raised than answered.

Researchers are compelled to look at the apocryphal legends and writings of the early Christian apologists to discern what they can about Simon. Many of the legends regarding his magic and conduct are fantastical, others less so. Yet theologians and writers on religion alike tend to disparage these accounts, and write off Simon as a type, a legendary figure of anti-pagan polemic. Sometimes, the boot has been put on the other foot, and Simon is identified with St. Paul, as a Gnostic Apostle. What is the truth, and what were Simon's magical operations actually like?

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My approach to this question has been to set aside the polemical argument and to treat Simon's magic seriously. If, for the sake of argument, we treat the apocryphal and apologetic material as containing (at least ‘some') authentic historical fact (even if fragmentary), then we may begin an attempt to reconstruct his life and possible beliefs. This is all set in the context of Simon's battle with Peter as it moves from Samaria to Rome, and a study of both men is required to make sense of what Christians and Jews alike regarded as legitimate or illegitimate magic. Thus, did the Apostles practise magic? Does the Church still do so? What differentiates miracles from magic? 

Author selling Books on Rosicrucianism and Books on Secret TraditionsMore interesting still, is the question of Simon's status as a false messiah or antichrist. There?are various definitions and perceptions of this role in the New Testament, and it is likely that false messiahs are set apart from the False Messiah, and antichrists from the Antichrist. Into which category does Simon fall, and does his magic and moral conduct throw any light on the question? Crucially, what relevance does this have for us today in our modern, secular world?  I look into these issues and present a case for Simon Magus being a real magician, practising generally negative operations as a false messiah.

There are no hard and fast or definitive answers as the primary sources are too few, but with careful analysis we can reconstruct the most likely scenario. I have chosen illustrations from both the early Church period and later middle ages, since the manuscript discusses the possible connection of ancient Jewish magic with the medieval grimoires.

                                                                     Author selling Books on Rosicrucianism and Books on Secret Traditions


              Author selling Books on Rosicrucianism and Books on Secret Traditions




"Considered Review"

"Osborne provides us with a summarised version of most of the extant passages about the life of Simon Magus, providing all the key passages, while bringing his own scholarship to bear in interpreting them and comparing the sources ... This is excellent work, with a Preface by Tony Hutchins, is well researched and written."

Piers A. Vaughan  5 STAR AMAZON REVIEW