Establishing the German-Jewish philosopher Jacob Taubes at the nexus of the debate, Styfhals traces how such figures as Hans Blumenberg, Hans Jonas, Eric Voegelin, Odo Marquard, and Gershom Scholem contended with Gnosticism
and its tenets on evil and divine absence as metaphorical detours to address issues of cultural crisis, nihilism, and the legitimacy of the modern world.
Some methodological and practical considerations are in order: first, the multiplicity of religious phenomena and experiences must be seriously taken into consideration; the definitions of Gnosis and Gnosticism
are extremely problematic because of the absence of primary textual evidence and now because of the lack of coherent systematizations to understand a variety of phenomena and texts that can be associated with Gnostic ideas; finally, depending on the definition of these terms, Gnostic categories cannot be applied to New Testament materials or it underlies their mythic productions.
Before I begin, I should note that my approach to gnosticism
in the movies is very different from that of Wilson, (4) who literally wrote the (or, at least, a) book on the topic.
, perfection is measured by information and knowledge or by some special experience, not by one's charity The Gnostic takes pride in understanding everything, in having special knowledge.
The first is Gnosticism
from the Greek word gnosis, to know.
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.
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.
The novel has weird and wacky characters, wild and funny events, and allusions to death, Fortean phenomena, mysticism and various religions and spiritual paths including Gnosticism
, Buddhism, Christianity, Jewish folklore, and Paganism.
Chapters depict sex practices as hidden in the Church's own major representatives, reconstruct the idea and presence of Gnostic spiritual-erotic experiences, and explore not just a history of Gnosticism
and its major figures, but the mystery surrounding Sophia, known as the Wild Lady of Wisdom.
In The Allure of Immortality, Lyn Millner relates the headshaking tale of how Teed converted two hundred seekers into celibate Koreshans and led them from Chicago to a Southwest Florida promised land, based on a religion-science "mix of millennialism, mesmerism, the beliefs of Swedenborg, theosophy, spiritualism, mind healing, Buddhism, the primitive Christian church, Egyptian myth, gnosticism
, electromagnetism," and the irresistible idea that the entire universe was contained in a hollow earth.
It carne to be known as Gnosticism
, a term which encompasses myriad Eastern and Western religio-philosophical tenets.
Topics include the history and development of the editing and publication of The Red Book; influences of Goethe, Schiller, and German Romanticism on Jung's writings; the similarities of the biological illustrations of Ernst Haeckel to Jung's illustration of jelly fish from his dreams; Korean shamanism and it relationship to the mandala symbolism in Jung; Jung and Gnosticism
; and the trickster archetype in relation to Jung's inner journey and Cervante's character of Don Quixote.
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.
His six chapters describe (1) the formation of the Pauline corpus, (2) the pseudepigraphic letters (Colossians, Ephesians, 2 Thessalonians, the Pastorals, and the non-canonical 3 Corinthians, Letters to Laodicea and Alexandria, and the correspondence between Paul and Seneca), (3) Paul's influence on the Epistolary tradition in early Christianity (Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1 Clement, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp and Dionysius of Corinth), (4) The Narrative Tradition (Acts and different Acta Apostolorum, Apocalypses and the Pseudo-Clementines, (5) Representatives of Anti-Paulinism (Matthew, Hegesippus, etc., and (6) Paul as interpreted from Marcion to Irenaeus (including Gnosticism