- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Strange Animal Publications (9 Jun. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615823327
- ISBN-13: 978-0615823324
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,388,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How to Think Like a Gnostic: Essays on a Gnostic Worldview Paperback – 9 Jun 2013
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About the Author
Jeremy Puma was born on the dark side of Saturn's moon Io, in a shack made of pewter. At the age of eight, he received a vision of the failure of the Mayan Apocalypse and the emergence of a new world religion based on Manchego cheese. After a dubious exploration of various mysterious undersea realms and a battle with Triton, Lord of the Sunken Cities of Varula, he emerged victorious into a world that he never made. Jeremy Puma writes nonfiction for people interested in no-nonsense Gnostic spirituality, and fiction of the 'science' and 'weird' varieties. He is the founder-- and only current employee-- of Strange Animal Publications. His literary influences include Philip K. Dick, Julio Cortazar, Kenneth Patchen, Douglas Adams (and their ilk-- isn't "ilk" a great word?). Jeremy currently resides in Seattle, Washington. He has a beautiful wife, whom he adores, a giggly little son, and two insane dogs. He is available for speaking engagements, complimentary meals, and children's parties.
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"How to Think Like a Gnostic," along with "This Way: Gnosis without 'Gnosticism'" along with the other works by Jeremy Puma bring something new and fresh to Gnostic study and praxis that I think provide a very necessary approach in spirituality in general - that of sincere and heartfelt honesty tempered by life experience. In this book Jeremy lays out his hard-won ideology and practices of a subject that is most often confusing and full of so many lacunae (missing parts) that it is nearly undecipherable for any kind of 'real-world-view' (that is a loaded hyphenate right there), especially for those like me, just starting to try and figure this out for the Nth time. I've found in my experiences in trying to delve into Gnostic Studies that one must subscribe to one of two camps (and to some degree flounder around in both): 1) The purely academic view, which tries to pick apart, word by word, what, who and if these so-called 'gnostic Christians' were, OR 2) A modern, but often very questionable (in my eyes at least) 'Gnostic Ecclesia' - groups that often falsely proclaim some grand, but again questionable at best, apostolic succession to a fantastical and quite possibly 'mythic' original group of people from the first couple of centuries of the Christian era (meaning mythic in the sense of our modern understanding of them). I'm not going to get into details about my views on this but I have found both to be somewhat flawed ways of approaching the spirit what was behind true Gnostic thought and practice.
What Jeremy Puma presents in his writing is an honest, often humorous, yet learned approach to the cosmology, ideology, and practices of the Gnostics, stripped of any superfluous baggage or hidden agendas seen as so prevalent in many of the quasi-masonic, occult or new-age groups around the turn of the 20th century that are still existent today and often claim to be the true lineal heirs of the Gnostics of old. He provides an honest approach that he readily admits to be his own and that others may not agree with - putting it out there to 'take it or leave it.' Yet, what is Gnosticism without this type of mentality? What other teachers can there be but those who share their hard-won knowledge for others to assimilate and work out for themselves?
As such, Jeremy Puma's works hit the mark and I have found much delight in reading them (and re-reading them). They are a great starting point and a landmark with which to start looking into all of the other materials available on the subject. They present a way of looking at the world around us and how to process all types of knowledge and information and hopefully apply it in our lives.
For those who want a tradition that is spelled out for them, this might not be the final say in the matter (but still a suggested read before joining any group that does have it 'spelled out'). For those trying to find a buoy in the great sea of Gnostic studies, this is it!