The Gnostic Religion: The Message of the Alien God and the Beginnings of Christianity

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Routledge, 1992 - Gnosticism - 358 pages
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This is a stunningly excellent work by a great master philosopher (and bio-philanthropist). A student of Heidegger, Jonas' epilogue elucidates contemporary nihilism by way of an ingenious comparison with the historic mythic material. I suggest read in conjunction with Eliade's 'Myth of of Eternal Return', and certainly Old and New Testaments, but so long as the reader is aware that the Vulgate doesn't appear until 4th century, the quintessential condition of transformation of the classical world-view of the Polis to Empire (whose Roman Gods figure as the powerful controllers, inscribed in the visible cosmos), the conditions giving rise to the Gnostic metaphyics will become clear: fascinating on page 276 we realise ". . . the church takes over the role of the polis".
"for who hast lost what thou hast lost, stands nowhere still" - Amen !

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Outdated, but still a good, solid introduction to the travails of the Gnostics of assorted hue. Read full review

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