Essence of the Gnostics

Essence of the Gnostics

Long before there was a system of belief called Gnosticism there were those who reached for a special intimate knowledge of God and his mysterious ways.

Author: Bernard Simon

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ISBN: 178599476X

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The Essence of the Gnostics

The Essence of the Gnostics

The title of this book is The Essence of the Gnostics. Let us now 'gather up the sparks', as it were, and put everything into perspective so that we can decide if we are now clear about the nature of Gnostics and Gnosticism.

Author: Bernard Simon

Publisher: Arcturus Publishing

ISBN: 9781848584044

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For what is it that the All lacked, if not the knowledge of the Father?' - Gnostic text from the Gospel of Truth Long before there was a system of belief called Gnosticism there were those who reached for a special intimate knowledge of God and His mysterious ways. The possession of such knowledge, they believed, would bring salvation from s...
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The Coherence of Gnosticism

The Coherence of    Gnosticism

We have become rather more conscious of the way in which the category “Gnosticism” has been pre-formed by ancient heresiology, and we no longer speak about “the essence of Gnosticism” as easily as scholars did a generation or two ago.

Author: Einar Thomassen

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110705829

Category: Religion

Page: 53

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“Gnosticism” has become a problematic category in the study of early Christianity. It obscures diversity, invites essentialist generalisations, and is a legacy of ancient heresiology. However, simply to conclude with “diversity” is unsatisfying, and new efforts to discern coherence and to synthesise need to be made. The present work seeks to make a fresh start by concentrating on Irenaeus’ report on a specific group called the “Gnostics” and on his claim that Valentinus and his followers were inspired by their ideas. Following this lead, an attempt is made to trace the continuity of ideas from this group to Valentinianism. The study concludes that there is more continuity than has previously been recognised. Irenaeus’ “Gnostics” emerge as the predecessors not only of Valentinianism, but also of Sethianism. They represent an early, philosophically inspired form of Christ religion that arose independently of the New Testament canon. Christology is essential and provides the basis for the myth of Sophia. The book is relevant for all students of Christian origins and the early history of the Church.
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Gnosticism

Gnosticism

The transcendent God does not create; the divine essence emanates, comes forth, from the unmanifest state into the manifest, making possible further, more specific creation. The original God remains always the first cause, ...

Author: Stephan A Hoeller

Publisher: Quest Books

ISBN: 9780835630139

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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Gnosticism developed alongside Judeo-Christianity over two thousand years ago, but with an important difference: It emphasizes, not faith, but direct perception of God--Gnosticism being derived from the Greek word gnosis, meaning "knowledge." Given the controversial premise that one can know God directly, the history of Gnosticism is an unfolding drama of passion, political intrigue, martyrdom, and mystery. Dr. Hoeller traces this fascinating story throughout time and shows how Gnosticism has inspired such great thinkers as Voltaire, Blake, Yeats, Hesse, Melville, and Jung.
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The Apocalypse of the Reluctant Gnostics

The Apocalypse of the Reluctant Gnostics

subordinates also created human beings, exiled them from their true home in the transcendent realm of light, and have imprisoned them in the world of matter; (g) each human being contains an innate spiritual essence which is one and the ...

Author: Stuart Douglas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429841033

Category: Psychology

Page: 198

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This book presents a comparison of the Gnostic worldviews of Carl G. Jung and science-fiction author, Philip K. Dick, two figures who have done far more than most to revive an interest in the Gnostic tradition in the modern world. Despite profoundly different approaches - one was a depth psychologist whose unique insights and approach to psychology forced him to explore the depths of the unconscious in a way that inevitably led him to touch frequently on metaphysical or spiritual matters; the other was an author of science-fiction - there are some striking parallels between their unique Gnostic visions. With the relatively recent publication of both Jung's and Dick's personal journals - The Red Book (2009), and, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick (2011), respectively - in which they articulate their Gnostic visions, it seems timely to make this comparison.
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The Essence of Christianity

The Essence of Christianity

Titles in this Series: The Essence of Christianity The Mandaeans: The Last Gnostics The Travels of Friar Odoric: A 14th-Century Journal of the Blessed Odoric of Pordenone

Author: Bruno Forte

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802826571

Category: Religion

Page: 132

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Postmodern thought has attempted to strip many traditional values and beliefs of their power, and the Christian faith is no exception. In this spiritually and intellectually wise book Bruno Forte upholds the essence -- the heart and meaning -- of Christianity despite the claims of the contemporary world. In the tradition of thinkers like Feuerbach, Harnack, and Guardini, Forte restates what is unique, reliable, and universal about Christianity for our current age. After outlining in broad terms the nature of postmodernity and its challenges to traditional faith, Forte proceeds, with the voice of one intimately in love with God, to present anew what lies at the heart of genuine Christianity and why it is still good news for women and men today. Among the many books on postmodernism, this one is distinct for its conscientious dialogue with postmodern culture and its clear proclamation of meaningful faith. It will interest everyone pondering the role of Christianity in contemporary life. Edmondo Lupieri (general editor) This new series seeks to introduce readers in the English-speaking world to people and events in Italian socio-religious history that have been pivotal to the formation and growth of Western civilization. ITSORS volumes include classical source texts never before available in English and fresh studies representing the best of contemporary Italian scholarship. Titles in this Series: The Essence of Christianity The Mandaeans: The Last Gnostics The Travels of Friar Odoric: A 14th-Century Journal of the Blessed Odoric of Pordenone
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Christians Gnostics and Philosophers in Late Antiquity

Christians  Gnostics and Philosophers in Late Antiquity

It seems that not one scholar who subscribed to this definition has felt any impropriety in applying it to the school of Valentinus.22 It would be the height of pedantry to deny that the Valentinians were true Gnostics if the essence of ...

Author: Mark Edwards

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351219129

Category: Religion

Page: 330

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Gnosticism, Christianity and late antique philosophy are often studied separately; when studied together they are too often conflated. These articles set out to show that we misunderstand all three phenomena if we take either approach. We cannot interpret, or even identify, Christian Gnosticism without Platonic evidence; we may even discover that Gnosticism throws unexpected light on the Platonic imagination. At the same time, if we read writers like Origen simply as Christian Platonists, or bring Christians and philosophers together under the porous umbrella of "monotheism", we ignore fundamental features of both traditions. To grasp what made Christianity distinctive, we must look at the questions asked in the studies here, not merely what Christians appropriated but how it was appropriated. What did the pagan gods mean to a Christian poet of the fifth century? What did Paul quote when he thought he was quoting Greek poetry? What did Socrates mean to the Christians, and can we trust their memories when they appeal to lost fragments of the Presocratics? When pagans accuse the Christians of moral turpitude, do they know more or less about them than we do? What divides Augustine, the disenchanted Platonist, from his Neoplatonic contemporaries? And what God or gods await the Neoplatonist when he dies?
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The Gnostics

The Gnostics

osmology is the study of the cosmos – the world or the universal order – while psychology studies the psyche or soul, which is the essence of an individual person. As we have seen, in Gnosticism the soul is not the highest or most ...

Author: Andrew Phillip Smith

Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers

ISBN: 9781780284644

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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The Gnostics is a one-stop guide to everything you need to know about this mystical movement that teaches knowledge of God rather than unquestioning faith.
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Plotinus in Dialogue with the Gnostics

Plotinus in Dialogue with the Gnostics

... anciermes at Université Laval, which harbours, among others, the team of researchers cur— rently working on the French edition of the Nag Hammadi manuscripts, whence stems the essence of our new-found knowledge of Gnosticism.

Author: Jean-Marc Narbonne

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004203266

Category: Religion

Page: 152

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The point of view put forth in the following pages differs greatly from the common perspective according to which the treatises 30 to 33 constitute a single work, a Großschrift, and this single work, Plotinus’ essential response to the Gnostics. Our perspective is that of an ongoing discussions with his “Gnostic”—yet Platonizing—friends, which started early in his writings (at least treatise 6), developed into what we could call a Großzyklus (treatises 27 to 39), and went on in later treatises as well (e. g. 47-48, 51).
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Against the Protestant Gnostics

Against the Protestant Gnostics

The discussion of God's essence would not, in fact, be undertaken by Calvin. He would follow in this respect an entirely different course from the gnostics. He does appear, however, to come dangerously close to gnosis in his views of ...

Author: Philip J. Lee

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195084368

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 347

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Since the discovery of original gnostic documents at Nag Hammadi in 1945, many scholars have recognized a familiar presence within this ancient heresy. To some authors the main features of gnosticism--belief in a secret revelation available only to an initiated elite, rejection of the physical world, and escape into the self--seemed reminiscent of modern cult groups and secular movements. However, Philip Lee, noting that most of the early gnostics were firmly ensconced within the Church, locates modern gnosticism within the Protestant establishment itself. "As a Protestant, I believe I have identified the elusive modern gnostics and they are ourselves," he writes. In this penetrating and provocative assessment of the current state of religion and its effect on values in society at large, Lee criticizes conservatives and liberals alike as he traces gnostic motifs to the very roots of American Protestantism. With references to an extraordinary spectrum of writings from sources as diverse as John Calvin, Martin Buber, Tom Wolfe, Margaret Atwood and Emily Dickinson among many others, he probes the effects of gnostic thinking on issues ranging from politics to feminism, from ecology to parenthood. The ethical ramifications of such a gnostic turn have been negative and frightening, he maintains. The book points to positive ways of restoring health to endangered Protestant churches. Calling for the restoration of a dialectical faith and practice, Lee offers an agenda for reform, including a renewal of obedience to the scriptures and an affirmation of life and creation within the circle of the extended family.
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The Life and Thought of Hans Jonas

The Life and Thought of Hans Jonas

All of the many genealogies of Gnosticism tried out so far , this would surely be the most interesting . ... contribution of much transmissible material - was in essence catalytic and provocative ” ; but Scholem's notion of Gnosticism ...

Author: Christian Wiese

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 1584656387

Category: Philosophy

Page: 260

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An analysis of the Jewish background of an eminent philosopher
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The Secret History of the Gnostics

The Secret History of the Gnostics

... or the universal order – while psychology studies the psyche or soul, which is the essence of an individual person. As we have seen, in Gnosticism the soul is not the highest or most important aspect of ourselves – that would be the ...

Author: Andrew Philip Smith

Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers

ISBN: 9781780288833

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Gnosticism has travelled a fascinating path, from the Manichaeans in Persia between the 3rd and 7th centuries, to the triumphs and tragedies of the Cathars in southern Europe between the 12th and 14th centuries, to, finally, today's Mandaeans in Iraq. However the revival of Gnosticism extends further than these sects, offering inspiration to a legion of literary figures, including Dan brown and Philip Pullman. Gnostcisim's emphasis on personal over organized religion, in keeping with the doctrine of the early Christian era during which it thrived, has found particular resonance with today's multicultural world. The Secret History of the Gnostics is not simply an authoritative account of one sect's practical beliefs and customs it is, in effect, a manifesto, an appeal to those inspired by or drawn to the Gnostic faith not to forget its origins.
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Gnosticism and the History of Religions

Gnosticism and the History of Religions

Gnosis, on the other hand, was defined as 'knowledge of the divine mysteries reserved for an elite' (though adding that 'not every gnosis is Gnosticism').62 Here we find echoes of Reitzenstein's definition: 'Immediate knowledge of God's ...

Author: David G. Robertson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350137707

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Building on critical work in biblical studies, which shows how a historically-bounded heretical tradition called Gnosticism was 'invented', this work focuses on the following stage in which it was “essentialised” into a sui generis, universal category of religion. At the same time, it shows how Gnosticism became a religious self-identifier, with a number of sizable contemporary groups identifying as Gnostics today, drawing on the same discourses. This book provides a history of this problematic category, and its relationship with scholarly and popular discourse on religion in the twentieth century. It uses a critical-historical method to show how and why Gnosis, Gnostic and Gnosticism were taken up by specific groups and individuals – practitioners and scholars – at different times. It shows how ideas about Gnosticism developed in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century scholarship, drawing from continental phenomenology, Jungian psychology and post-Holocaust theology, to be constructed as a perennial religious current based on special knowledge of the divine in a corrupt world. David G. Robertson challenges how scholars interact with the category Gnosticism, and contributes to our understanding of the complex relationship between primary sources, academics and practitioners in category formation.
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The Gnostics

The Gnostics

... theologian Adolf von Harnack argued that the essence of Christianity is to be found in the original preaching of Christ, ... like the Gnostics, or when they stuck too closely to their Jewish roots, like the so- called Ebionites.

Author: David Brakke

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674066038

Category: Religion

Page: 164

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Who were the Gnostics? And how did the Gnostic movement influence the development of Christianity in antiquity? Is it true that the Church rejected Gnosticism? This book offers an illuminating discussion of recent scholarly debates over the concept of “Gnosticism” and the nature of early Christian diversity. Acknowledging that the category “Gnosticism” is flawed and must be reformed, David Brakke argues for a more careful approach to gathering evidence for the ancient Christian movement known as the Gnostic school of thought. He shows how Gnostic myth and ritual addressed basic human concerns about alienation and meaning, offered a message of salvation in Jesus, and provided a way for people to regain knowledge of God, the ultimate source of their being. Rather than depicting the Gnostics as heretics or as the losers in the fight to define Christianity, Brakke argues that the Gnostics participated in an ongoing reinvention of Christianity, in which other Christians not only rejected their ideas but also adapted and transformed them. This book will challenge scholars to think in news ways, but it also provides an accessible introduction to the Gnostics and their fellow early Christians.
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Secret Tomb Omega

Secret Tomb Omega

As such it is distinct from Gnosticism, but not in the absolute sense. ... Not all Gnostics were Docetists, but all Docetists were Gnostics. ... This will become evident once the essence of Gnosticism is clearly understood.

Author: Michael Raphael Thomas

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781698706689

Category: Religion

Page: 638

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The honeymoon with Jesus was very short-lived though; being differently viewed by his family for his religious beliefs, his life soon became a living hell. The resulting emotional torment led to involvement in Satanism, as well as occultism, and finally several suicide attempts. There was also increasing drug use through the 1980's. But along the way, he discovered some key stepping-stones to an eventual escape from the false belief-system: the Book of Enoch, the Kebra Nagast, and a book in the Salem Library called Jesus Died in Kashmir. This led him to seriously rethink religious beliefs that had strongly been held for over a decade, leading to final liberation. Life continues to be an ongoing adventure & challenge, but without the unnecessary baggage of a delusional belief-system.
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Sethian Gnosticism and the Platonic Tradition

Sethian Gnosticism and the Platonic Tradition

... very definite trend towards abandoning the attempt to arrive at the essence of Gnosticism by the delineation of its origins. This trend is due largely to the epochal impact of Hans Jonas' study of Gnosticism which appeared in 1934.

Author: John Douglas Turner

Publisher: Presses Université Laval

ISBN: 2763778348

Category: Gnosticism

Page: 842

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Nag Hammadi Gnosticism and Early Christianity

Nag Hammadi  Gnosticism  and Early Christianity

But if it is a matter of prom-gnosticism, one can think to find the essence of gnosticism already in the centuries preceding the Second Century A.D., as well as outside the Christian gnosticism of the Second Century.

Author: Charles W. Hedrick

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781597524025

Category: Religion

Page: 376

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[This] book acquaints the beginner with the topic of gnosticism and early Christianity and presents to the specialist some of the new frontiers their colleagues are exploring. For the beginner there is a concise introduction to gnosticism. It covers the issues of origin, literature, leading ideas, and possible links with early Christianity. Each contributor has prepared a preface to his or her paper that points to its salient features and explains how the essay fits into the overall subject of the book. --from the Preface
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Mary Magdalene and the Divine Feminine

Mary Magdalene and the Divine Feminine

Yet it really is the essence of what the Gnostics taught: their path could not really be understood from an intellectual level but only by entering deeply and experiencing it from within. Mary Magdalene did not become “the one who knew ...

Author: Elizabeth Clare Prophet

Publisher: Summit University Press

ISBN: 9781932890068

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 316

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Elizabeth Clare Prophet examines controversial questions being asked today: What was Jesus' relationship with Mary Magdalene? Who is the Divine Mother? Is God only male? Mary Magdalene and the Divine Feminine explores the archetypal role of the Divine Feminine in Eastern and Western spirituality and helps to clarify the position of Mary Magdalene. Early Church leaders denied Jesus' message on reverence for Woman and on the inner feminine potential of both man and woman. As a result, his teaching was lost for 2,000 years and only recently rediscovered in ancient texts. Includes 55 black and white illustrations, 2 maps and 12 questions for discussion.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Beyond Gnosticism

Beyond Gnosticism

The prevalence ofthe doctrinal approach can be clearly seen in the aforementioned Messina definition of Gnosticism, where the essence of Gnosticism is simply equated with its particular theology/myth. An obvious flaw in this definition ...

Author: Ismo Dunderberg

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231141727

Category: Religion

Page: 307

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Valentinus (100-160 C.E.) was an influential Gnostic opposed to the practices that would later become part of the Christian orthodoxy. This text covers Valentinus's interpretation of the biblical creation myth, in which he affirms mankind's original immortality and places a special emphasis on the 'frank speech' afforded to Adam by God.
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Studies in the New Testament and Gnosticism

Studies in the New Testament and Gnosticism

... book that was to become one of his most famous works even though it was a slight one in comparison to some of his major scientific works . The book was called in German , Das Wesen des Christentums ( " The Essence of Christianity .

Author: George W. MacRae SJ

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725220447

Category: Religion

Page: 278

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