The Allure of Gnosticism: The Gnostic Experience in Jungian Philosophy and Contemporary Culture

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Gnosticism or Gnosis is far more than an ancient religious movement with Christian, Jewish, and pagan followers. It is a living presence today, in many religions and also completely outside formal religion. The Allure of Gnosticism is a collection of 16 outstanding essays, illuminating Gnosticism in its relation to such issues as Jungian thought, the nature of evil, the place of the feminine, communism and fascism, existentialism, Christian scriptures, Kafka, and Buddhism. ...
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Overview

Gnosticism or Gnosis is far more than an ancient religious movement with Christian, Jewish, and pagan followers. It is a living presence today, in many religions and also completely outside formal religion. The Allure of Gnosticism is a collection of 16 outstanding essays, illuminating Gnosticism in its relation to such issues as Jungian thought, the nature of evil, the place of the feminine, communism and fascism, existentialism, Christian scriptures, Kafka, and Buddhism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812692785
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/29/1999
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 1,265,439
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Gnosis and Psychology 10
2 Jung's Fascination with Gnosticism 26
3 The Gnostic Critique, Past and Present 39
4 The Evolution of the Soul 54
5 "Begotten, Not Created": The Gnostic Use of Language in Jungian Perspective 70
6 Mary Magdalene in the Canonical and Gnostic Gospels 84
7 Sex, Suffering, and Incarnation: Female Symbolism in Gnosticism 94
8 The "Mystery of Marriage" in the Gospel of Philip 107
9 Gnosticism and Modern Nihilism 117
10 Eric Voegelin and the Changing Perspective on the Gnostic Features of Modernity 136
11 Between Gnosticism and Jehovah: The Dilemma in Kafka's Religious Attitude 147
12 Leaving Home: A Gnostic Note in the Lives of C. G. Jung and T. S. Eliot 167
13 Buddhism and Gnosis 173
14 Parallels to Gnosticism in Pure Land Buddhism 190
15 The Experience of Gnosis 199
16 The Revival of Ancient Gnosis 204
Index 225
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