The Gnostics

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City Lights Books, 1977 - Philosophy - 136 pages
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Gnostics have always sought to "know" rather than to accept dogma and doctrine, often to their peril. This inquiry into Gnosticism examines the character, history, and beliefs of a brave and vigorous spiritual quest that originated in the ancient Near East and continues into the present day.

Lawrence Durrell writes, "This is a strange and original essay, more a work of literature than of scholarship, though its documentation is impeccable. It is as convincing a reconstruction of the way the Gnostics lived and thought as D.H. Lawrence's intuitive recreation of the vanished Etruscans."

 

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Contents

Foreword by Lawrence Durrell
7
Introduction
9
The Workings of the World
13
The Perforated Veil
15
The Dark Fire
21
The Stranger
27
The Bodys Bastard Birth
34
History Men Sects
41
Absolute Experience
71
The Ash and the Stars
80
The Impossible Mirror
96
The Paths of Gnosticism
105
The Worlds Wanderers
107
The Purity of the Mountains
113
Towards a New Gnosticism
121
Bibliographical Notes
129

The Highroads of Samaria
43
The Masters of Gnosis
54

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