Evil is more introspective and pervasive, in gnostic thought. Atheists need to read Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel, The Master and Margarita before they toss religious thought. Bulgakov knew he had the soul of a writer and felt threatened by a system that did not see souls. The Master writes about a bureaucrat—Pontus Pilate, who serves the system and ignores the cries of his own soul. Bureaucracy kills Christ.
Master and Margarita form a complementary pair–a notable aspect of Gnosticism; she takes the form of a pagan witch, but she also symbolizes the Gnostic ideal of good. The Master is a fictional version of Bulgakov and communism imprisoned his soul.
In Bulgakov’s Soviet Union, Satan and his demon minions serve as the good guys. The Devil didn’t take away Bulgakov’s soul; the Soviet system stole his soul. Animals will kill without regret, cats see it as fun. Are they evil? No, but Bulgakov’s Behemoth shows why cats should not be allowed to own guns.
Moby Dick makes the most Christian man—the most evil. Like I said, Gnostic theology is more introspective. Gnostic Christians see evil everywhere, it is inescapable.because it is the mark of Cain; in which, we all wear. Pagans, Christians, Atheists, Jews, Muslims, and all the others wear the mark of Cain.
Cormac McCarthy uses Gnostic thought and Moby Dick, in his novel Blood Meridian. The anti-hero in McCarthy’s novel is a Christian man, who needed to look at himself before looking elsewhere. The Christain man plays the villain in both novels. Gnosticism accepts the flaws of Christianity.
I allude to Moby Dick, in my first chapter. Feminists are my Ahab.