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The antique sect "The Adamites" lived in the innocence of Adam and Eve

Publicerad 2020-09-19 22:11:00 i Adam and Eve, Adamites, Church History, Heaven, Paradise, The animals,

There are a lot of sects in Antiquity, especially where gnosticism and christianity meet. One of the most interesting such is the Adamites, who were naked in their services, and lived most of their lives naked. They were Christian, which casts a whole new light upon early Christianity. They claimed that they had regained the innocence of Adam and Eve. Here is most of what Wikipedia has to say about them (here is also an article about them):
 

Adamites

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The arrest of Neo-Adamites in a public square in Amsterdam

The Adamites, or Adamians, were adherents of an Early Christian group in North Africa in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th centuries. They wore no clothing during their religious services.[1][2] There were later reports of similar sects in Central Europe during the Late Middle Ages.

 

Ancient Adamites

The obscure sect, dating probably from the 2nd century, professed to have regained Adam's primeval innocence.[2] Various accounts are given of their origin. Some have thought them to have been an offshoot of the Carpocratian Gnostics, who professed a sensual mysticism and a complete emancipation from the moral law.[2] Theodoret (Haer. Fab., I, 6) held this view of them, and identified them with the licentious sects whose practices are described by Clement of Alexandria. Others, on the contrary, consider them to have been misguided ascetics, who strove to extirpate carnal desires by a return to simpler manners, and by the abolition of marriage.

St. Epiphanius and Augustine of Hippo mention the Adamites by name, and describe their practices. They called their church "Paradise", claiming that its members were re-established in Adam and Eve's state of original innocence. Accordingly, they practiced "holy nudism", rejected the form of marriage as foreign to Eden, saying it would never have existed but for sin, lived in absolute lawlessness, holding that, whatever they did, their actions could be neither good nor bad.[3]

Neo-Adamites

Practices similar to those just described appeared in Europe several times in later ages. During the Middle Ages the doctrines of this obscure sect, which did not itself exist long, were revived:[3] in the 13th century in the Netherlands by the Brethren of the Free Spirit and the Taborites in Bohemia, and, in the 14th century, by some German Beghards. Everywhere they met with firm opposition from the mainstream churches.

The Taborite movement was started in 1419 in opposition to the authority of the Holy Roman Empire. One sect of Taborites, the  Bohemian Adamites, dissociated themselves from other Taborites and took up the practice of going naked through towns and villages. They preached that "God dwelt in the Saints of the Last Days" and considered exclusive marriage to be a sin. The historian Norman Cohn observed: "Whereas the Taborites were strictly monogamous, in this sect free love seems to have been the rule. The Adamites declared that the chaste were unworthy to enter the Messianic kingdom ... The sect was much given to ritual naked dances held around a fire. Indeed, these people seemed to have spent much of their time naked, ignoring the heat and cold and claiming to be in the state of innocence enjoined by Adam and Eve." Cohn also commented that the Adamites were criticised by other Taborites for "never thinking of earning their own living by the work of their hands".[4]

The Beghards became the Picards of Bohemia, who took possession of an island in the river Nežárka, and lived communally, practicing social and religious nudity, free love and rejecting marriage and individual ownership of property. Jan Žižka, the Hussite leader, nearly exterminated the sect in 1421.[5] In the following year, the sect was widely spread over Bohemia and Moravia, and especially hated by the Hussites (whom they resembled in hatred toward the hierarchy) because the Adamites rejected transubstantiation, the priesthood and the Supper.[6] The strife between the Adamites and the Taborites is dramatized in Against All, the third part of Otakar Vávra's Hussite film trilogy (1958).[7]

 

 

My comment: The words about them that they "lived in absolute lawlessness, holding that, whatever they did, their actions could be neither good nor bad" reminds me of my psychoses, where I have felt that I can do whatever without it being a sin, following all my instincts and whims (infall). There are some deep secrets here, that has to do with us indeed being animals, that are too deep for words and speculations, and it surely is nothing that you can say to a sinner and immoral man. The adamites shows us that Jesus Christ may very well have been a man who had regained his Adamitic innocence and lived like an animal in the forest, without being capable to sin, following all his whims.

It is also interesting to note that in Richard M. Buckes mystical experience, described here by me (his words about his experience are in English in my description, the other text is in Swedish), one of the characteristics of it is that he lost the sense of sin, i.e. lost the sense of being a sinner, being able to sin, or having ever sinned. Maybe you can interpret it in that way. This is a great mystery and a great secret.

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Born 1984 in Finland, Norwegian, lives in Österbybruk, Sweden, poet, ecotheologian and ecophilosopher (though not an academic such), is also called "The monk" ("munken", he is monk in a self-founded monastery order, "Den Heliga Naturens Orden", "The Order of the Holy Nature"), he calls himself "Forest Man Snailson" (Skogsmannen Snigelson) because of certain strong ties to Nature and the animals, founded among other things through many years of homelessness living in tent, cot, cave and several huts in the Flaten Nature Reserve and the Nacka Reserve outside of Stockholm. He debuted as a poet in 2007 with "Över floden mig" ("Across the river of me"), published by himself, he has also published an ecotheological work, "Djurisk teologi. Paradisets återkomst" (Animalistic theology. The return of paradise") on Titel förlag 2010. He has published the poem collection "Naturens återkomst" (The return of Nature) on Fri Press förlag 2018 together with Titti Spaltro, his ex-girlfriend. Lars' professions are two, cleaner and painter (buildings). Before he was homeless, but right now he lives in Österby boende, a group home for mental patients 45 km northeast of Uppsala. His adress is: Harviksvägen 6A, 74830 Österbybruk, Sverige. One can reach him in the comments section on this blog. His texts on this blog are without copyright, belonging to "Public Domain".

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