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New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing
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June, 2002
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The Greek word gnosis means “knowledge.” The Gnostic worldview developed alongside Judeo-Christianity two thousand years ago. But while Christianity emphasizes faith, Gnosticism emphasizes a state of consciousness for knowing God directly—an aim which mainstream Christianity finds heretical. Stephan Hoeller’s comprehensive overview is an unfolding historical drama filled with passion, political intrigue, martyrdom, and mystery. It also reveals Gnosticism as the indigenous mystical tradition of the West. We learn about:

ª  The Gnostic view of the Divine and the manifest world, Good and Evil, and the essence of the human soul

ª  The Gnostic Christ as the messenger of Light and the guide to sacred mysteries

ª  Sophia, the Gnostic archetype of Feminine Wisdom

ª  The scriptures, sacraments, and rituals of Gnostic religions such as the Mandaean, holding secret wisdom traced back to John the Baptist; the Manichaean, founded by the great third-century Persian prophet, Mani; and the Cathar, the glorious and persecuted movement in medieval southern France

ª  Gnostic literature and its influence on cultural giants such as Voltaire, Blake, Yeats, Hesse, Melville, and Jung

ª  Gnosticism West and East, what constitutes a Gnostic, and how Gnosticism can guide us into the 21st century.

Gnosticism is truly a tradition and not a mere collection of ideas, myths, and symbols that may be interpreted according to any whim or opinion. What we have here is a full-blown tradition with its definite worldview, its scriptures, its mystery rites, its priesthoods, and its spiritual lineage.

“Stephan Hoeller is the preeminent exponent today of Gnosticism as a living religious practice and gives a splendid interpretation in contemporary language of the ancient Gnostic form of Christianity.” —Robert Ellwood, author of Finding Deep Joy

Also by Stephan Hoeller is The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead.

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