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Gnostic Return in Modernity
     

Gnostic Return in Modernity

by Cyril O'Regan
 

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Gnostic Return in Modernity demonstrates the possibility that Gnosticism haunts certain modern discourses. Studying Gnosticism of the first centuries of the common era and utilizing narrative analysis, the author shows how Gnosticism returns in a select band of narrative discourses that extends from the seventeenth century German mystic Jacob Boehme through Hegel and

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Gnostic Return in Modernity demonstrates the possibility that Gnosticism haunts certain modern discourses. Studying Gnosticism of the first centuries of the common era and utilizing narrative analysis, the author shows how Gnosticism returns in a select band of narrative discourses that extends from the seventeenth century German mystic Jacob Boehme through Hegel and Blake down into the contemporary period. The key concept is that of narrative grammar. Unlike the hypothesis of an invariant narrative, a Gnostic narrative grammar allows room for the differences between modern and ancient forms of Gnosticism, and respects the dignity of both periods.

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Convinced that the failure to date of attempts to justify a Gnostic labeling of modernity or any significant aspect of it is only a fact and not a necessity, O'Regan (theology, U. of Notre Dame) gives it a shot. He offers a Gnostic account of historian of dogma Ferdinand Christian Baur (1792-1860), and along the way argues that no one has since surpassed his methodological refinement or content knowledge, especially of the period between Luther and Hegel. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“…densely thought and richly engaged with an unusually wide range of scholarly material … an ambitious, rich, and important book.” — The Journal of Religion

“This volume is an auspicious beginning to one of the most ambitious projects in contemporary scholarship. It is nothing less than mapping the Gnostic and, of necessity, esoteric genealogy of the intellectual giants of the modern world. Many have given us portions of this grand narrative; O’Regan promises to provide us with as complete an account as scholarship currently makes possible.” — David Walsh, author of Guarded by Mystery: Meaning in a Postmodern Age

“Gnostic Return in Modernity offers a strong, provocative thesis, set forth at a high level of intellectual brilliance.” — Peter C. Hodgson, Vanderbilt Universi

“An extraordinarily important work that should have an enormous impact.” — Thomas J. J. Altizer, author of Genesis and Apocalypse: A Theological Voyage Toward Authentic Christianity

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791490372
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/18/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
569 KB

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Cyril O’Regan is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of The Heterodox Hegel, also published by SUNY Press.

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