- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company (1 Mar. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812692780
- ISBN-13: 978-0812692785
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,020,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Allure of Gnosticism: Gnostic Experience in Jungian Psychology and Contemporary Culture Paperback – 1 Mar 1995
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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To get a good overview of modern Gnosticism the new reader could do a great deal worse than read the book mentioned by Dr Hoeller, but supplement it with this book of readings. Many of the leading lights of modern Jungian Analysis have contributed to this book of readings, and together they elucidate many of the key concepts of Gnosticism in clear, unambiguous language, in a way that can be easily understood by the modern reader. The fascination of Gnosticism to Jung is outlined, as is the general relationship between Gnosticism and modern psychoanalysis. There are chapters dedicated to sexuality, the feminine, and the new awareness of Evil in the modern age (the Holocaust)and its relationship of the ego to the Gnostic character of Yaldabaoth. Concepts such as the Sacred Marriage are also discussed, and the relationship and cross-referential developments of Gnosticism, Buddhism and modern literature.
I thouroughly reccomend this book to modern people wishing to understand Gnosticism because it approaches the subject from a modern perspective, which makes Gnosticism seem alive and relevant, rather than as an historical anachronism.
a worthwhile book but one that is somewhat beyond my education at present.
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