The Serpent's Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion (Google eBook)
“Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field.” With those words in Genesis, God condemns the serpent for tempting Adam and Eve, and the serpent has shouldered the blame ever since. But how would the study of religion change if we looked at the Fall from the snake’s point of view? Would he appear as a bringer of wisdom, more generous than the God who wishes to keep his creation ignorant?
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The serpent's gift: gnostic reflections on the study of religionUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Faith- and reason-based knowledge dominate American culture, while gnostic knowledge, i.e., knowledge derived from alternate states of consciousness, is overlooked and undervalued. Kripal (mysticism ... Read full review
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As good as "roads of excess" "Kali's Child" & "esalen" ... everything i've read by Kripal has been amazing. Read full review