I have read a fair number of books on "the gnosis" & gnosticism over the years & this is right up there with the best. The source & content of this book is a series of interviews from Miguel Conner's unsurpassed & delicious Aeon Byte Podcast.
For me, the beauty of this book is that it gives you a wonderful overview of the diversity & depth of thinking of current research, from 13 of the leading voices of gnostic "academia". I put the word academia in inverted commas, because each interview oozes passion, adventure, curiosity & an openness to the topic. When I first read "The Power of Myth" - a series of interviews with the mythologist, Joseph Campbell - it called to something inside of me that was deep & unspoken. This book resonates in a similar way & it leaves me with a much greater appreciation of that wonderfully diverse group of spiritual/psychic explorers called "the gnostics", as well as a richer understanding of how diverse, speculative & fluid early Christianity was, before it became organized, militarized, homogenized & literalized.
For me, Miguel Conners' "Voices of Gnosticism" takes it's place alongside Pagels' "The Gnostic Gospels", as a book that will ignite the hearts & minds of those interested in the ancient gnostics, as well as an entry point to those new to these intrepid explorers.
Haven't finished reading yet but enjoying this book immensely. Found out about it through listening to a podcast called "Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio" on iTunes, fantastic show with a superb host "Miguel Conner". Thanks for all you do Miguel :) you have a gift in getting through to us pneumatic's. Thoroughly recommend.
Good selection of representative interviewees, skilfully interviewed. The verbatim accounts provide an excellent overview of the range of current scholarship on gnosticism, and leading figures involved in contemporary gnostic practice.