it is markedly peculiar to Gnosticism
that it places the salvation of the soul merely in the possession of a quasi-intuitive knowledge of the mysteries of the universe and of magic formulae indicative of that knowledge.
Broadly defined, Gnosticism
refers to a worldview that denies the material world and endorses the spiritual realm.
In response to the argument that modern Gnosticism
gives rise to political apathy, he points to Hesse's call to know oneself, David-Neel's anti-colonialism, Schrodinger's ideas about the oneness of consciousness and Guenon's "perennialism" as "ways of thinking, acting, and being modern that are characterized by openness and responsibility for others, nonviolence and respect for the natural world" (p.
Progressivism, he argues, is a type of Gnosticism
that constitutes a fourth paradigm in our history.
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movement and practices of the first three centuries of Christianity.
However, unlike the formal, highly-structured systems of belief in Judaism, Christianity and other faiths, Gnosticism
espouses the individuals search for enlightenment.
The first argument equates some forms of dualism with the heresy of Gnosticism
In previous essays I have contended that Western forms of magical praxes lying beyond the boundaries of orthodox religious law (such as Gnosticism
, Hermeticism and Rosicrucianism) represent a collision between the shamanic impulse which Winkelman describes as "an innate, human, biologically based drive with adaptive significance" (7) and the monolithic, usually monotheistic religions which branded such practices as heretical.
Specifically, it may refer to the "alignment of celestial bodies in astronomy, repeating relationships in mathematics, and male/female pairings in Gnosticism
compatible ideas from Voegelin, especially his notion of gnosticism
But Monophyitism is an offspring of a much earlier heresy, Gnosticism
(from gnosis, meaning the knowledge of the initiate) otherwise known as Dualism or Manichaeism.
The name for this perennial option is gnosticism
and it was the spiritual new wave of the first and second centuries AD.
I begin by addressing the presence of Gnosticism
in Parsifal in order to confront a more general theoretical problem about how the past is staged, both its impossibility and necessity.
Luce suggests Outer Dark's ambiguous setting and omission of direct historical references result from McCarthy deriving these elements from gnosticism
and argues that Outer Dark represents McCarthy's "own parable of spiritual alienation in the cosmic realm" (168).
World Gnosis: The Coming Gnostic Civilization comes from Gnostic Templar Grand Prior Mark Amaru Pinkham, who provides a history and overview of the teachings of Gnosticism