The Matrix. Gnosticism.

The Spiritual Message of ‘The Matrix’
Authors Find Inspiration in Film’s Mythology of Fighting for Truth
May 16, 2003
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1264976

This idea is not new — it mirrors the 2,000-year-old spiritual tradition of Gnosticism, an early form of Christianity. “Gnosticism maintains that the world that we’re living in is not the ultimate reality,” says Frances Flannery Dailey, who teaches religion at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. “It believes that the god who created this world is not the ultimate god — there is a higher God, a transcendent reality.”

“Religion and spirituality are communicated to our culture by movies much more than they are by traditional venues of synagogue or church,” Garrett says. “A really good myth does more than just create a symbolic world. It articulates the feelings that a culture already feels or believes.”

related:
http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/05/18/478488286/fear-of-not-knowing

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