Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing

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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 ...

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Overview

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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  • ISBN-13: 9780835608169
  • Publisher: Theosophical Publishing House
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST QUEST
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 366,785
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2006

    A good beginning to understanding Gnosticism

    This book is a good start for anyone who has gained an interest in Gnostisim and is seeking to understanding the 'tradition of inner knowing.' The writer does an excellent job on describing the history of the movement from Christ and John the baptist, the prophet Mani, the Cathars, other Gnostic sects, and C. S. Jung psychology to what potential impact it could have on today's world. The book also has a fine book list of other readings on Gnostisism. Again, this is a good start for those who seek.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2005

    A well written and thorough treatment of Gnosticism

    This is an excellent source of information on the history, beliefs, and thoughts of the Gnostics. Generally, Gnosticism is a varied and complex subject to define but the author does a fantastic job of presenting both historic and current views. I highly recommend this book to those who want a great reference on the subject.

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