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The gnostic new age : how a countercultural spirituality revolutionized religion from antiquity to today

Author: April D De Conick
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2016]
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In The Gnostic New Age, April D. DeConick recovers this vibrant underground history to prove that Gnosticism was not suppressed or defeated by the Catholic Church long ago, nor was the movement a fabrication to justify the violent repression of alternative forms of Christianity. Gnosticism alleviated human suffering, soothing feelings of existential brokenness and alientation through the promise of renewal as God.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
De Conick, April D., author.
Gnostic new age
New York : Columbia University Press, 2016
(DLC) 2016020760
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: April D De Conick
ISBN: 9780231170765 0231170769
OCLC Number: 948291481
Description: x, 380 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The matrix of ancient spirituality --
The gnostic true man --
Supermen and monsters --
Paul and gnostic dogma --
John and the dark cosmos --
Gnostic altered states --
Hell walks and star treks --
Spiritual avatars --
The Pi of gnostic politics --
Pleasantville religions --
Gnosticism out on a limb.
Responsibility: April D. DeConick.

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In The Gnostic New Age, April D. DeConick recovers this vibrant underground history to prove that Gnosticism was not suppressed or defeated by the Catholic Church long ago, nor was the movement a fabrication to justify the violent repression of alternative forms of Christianity. Gnosticism alleviated human suffering, soothing feelings of existential brokenness and alientation through the promise of renewal as God. DeConick begins in ancient Egypt and follows with the rise of Gnosticism in the Middle Ages, the advent of theosophy and other occult movements in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and contemporary New Age spiritual philosophies.

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A paradigm shift in our understanding of religion, breaking new ground in scholarship on Gnosticism. -- Birger A. Pearson, author of Ancient Gnosticism: Traditions and Literature Anyone interested in Read more...

 
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