Alchemy in early Christianity

Some sayings from The Gospel of Philip

It is through water and fire that the whole place is purified – the visible by the visible, the hidden by the hidden. There are some things hidden through those visible. There is water in water, there is fire in chrism.

It is from water and fire that the soul and the spirit came into being. It is from water and fire and light that the son of the bridal chamber (came into being). The fire is the chrism, the light is the fire. I am not referring to that fire which has no form, but to the other fire whose form is white, which is bright and beautiful, and which gives beauty.


~ by scalambra on March 27, 2011.

2 Responses to “Alchemy in early Christianity”

  1. There’s also the connection of the stone which the builders rejected becoming the corner-stone in the Gospels (Mat. 21. v.42 – Mark 12 v.10 – Luke 20. v.17. 1Peter 2. v. 5 -8).

    Isn’t it likely that these verses would have influenced alchemists in their quest too? Only a few, if any would have had the chance to read this very interesting passage from the Gospel of Philip.

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