The Gnostic Religion: The Message of the Alien God and the Beginnings of Christianity

The Gnostic Religion The Message of the Alien God and the Beginnings of Christianity The Gnostic Religion was the st decent introduction to gnosticism for the modern world is still of value today It includes both heresiological original texts Nag Hammadi only uncovered later It holds

  • Title: The Gnostic Religion: The Message of the Alien God and the Beginnings of Christianity
  • Author: Hans Jonas
  • ISBN: 9780807058015
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Gnostic Religion was the 1st decent introduction to gnosticism for the modern world is still of value today It includes both heresiological original texts Nag Hammadi only uncovered later It holds useful material on Simon Magus, the Hermetic Poimandres shown here to be equally a gnostic document , the Valentinians, Mandaeans, Manichaeans the HymnThe Gnostic Religion was the 1st decent introduction to gnosticism for the modern world is still of value today It includes both heresiological original texts Nag Hammadi only uncovered later It holds useful material on Simon Magus, the Hermetic Poimandres shown here to be equally a gnostic document , the Valentinians, Mandaeans, Manichaeans the Hymn of the Pearl The existentialist bent Jonas a student of Martin Heidegger makes an interesting contrast to Pagel s orthodox view of gnostic religion as theistic This volume the Nag Hammadi library will provide good coverage of the diverse teachings of gnostic related movements.Introduction East West in Hellenism The Meaning of Gnosis the Extent of the Gnostic MovementGnostic Imagery Symbolic Language Simon Magus The Hymn of the Pearl The Angels that Made the World The Gospel of MarcionThe Poimandres of Hermes Trismegistus The Valentinian Speculation Creation, World History Salvation According to ManiThe Cosmos in Greek Gnostic Evaluation Virtue the Soul in Greek Gnostic Teaching The Recent Discoveries in the Field of Gnosticism Epilogue Gnosticism, Nihilism Existentialism

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      Hans Jonas was a German born philosopher who was, from 1955 to 1976, Alvin Johnson Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York City.Jonas writings were very influential in different spheres For example, The Gnostic Religion, first published in 1958, was for many years the standard work in English on the subject of Gnosticism The Imperative of Responsibility German 1979, English 1984 centers on social and ethical problems created by technology Jonas insists that human survival depends on our efforts to care for our planet and its future He formulated a new and distinctive supreme principle of morality Act so that the effects of your action are compatible with the permanence of genuine human life.While The Imperative of Responsibility has been credited with catalyzing the environmental movement in Germany, his work The Phenomenon of Life 1966 forms the philosophical undergirding of one major school of bioethics in America Murray Bookchin and Leon Kass both referred to Hans Jonas s work as major, or primary, inspiration Heavily influenced by Heidegger, The Phenomenon of Life attempts to synthesize the philosophy of matter with the philosophy of mind, producing a rich existential understanding of biology, which ultimately argues for a simultaneously material and moral human nature.His writing on Gnosticism interprets the religion from an existentialist philosophical viewpoint Jonas was the first author to write a detailed history of ancient Gnosticism He was also one of the first philosophers to concern himself with ethical questions in biological science.Jonas s career is generally divided into three periods defined by the three works just mentioned, but in reverse order studies of gnosticism, studies of philosophical biology, and ethical studies.

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    1. Although enough information has come to light to cast Martin Heidegger's qualities as a human being in doubt, there is little question but that many of his students—schooled by his powerful mind to explore the subtle immensities of phenomenology, ontology, and metaphysics in the early-to-mid twentieth century—went on to become influential and powerful thinkers themselves. One such éminence was Hans Jonas, who parlayed a fascination with gnosticism—proposing it a distant ancestor to modern [...]


    2. This book caught my attention at some point in the past. Then it was mentioned again recently in another book I'm reading, so I thought to look it up in the school library, and behold it was there. So I read it. Fascinating genesis story about my coming to read this book aside, I'm going to add another one, because this is about all these different Gnostic views of the world, and they are not a real group of views, but competing attempts at mythologizing the Judeo-Christian, or monotheistic reli [...]


    3. This is a very academic treatment of Gnosticism, but one that has endured through three editions. Such a lifespan is exceedingly rare for an academic book, and surprising for a book so technical in its treatment of such an arcane topic. Interest in the Gnostic religion transcends academia.Jonas sketches a narrative of this interest in his introductions to successive editions of the book. Introducing the first edition, in 1957, Jonas tells very much an academic story, grounded in scholarly resear [...]


    4. Despite the facts that I read it in translation, that the text is now out-of-date & that Hans Jonas isn't even a specialist in the field, his Gnostic Religion served me as the best introduction to the field that I encountered while formulating plans for an undergraduate thesis. Having just had a friend, a reader totally unschooled in early church history, read it and like it, I confidently recommend it to anyone even mildly interested in religion in the ancient world as it pertains to modern [...]



    5. A masterwork on Gnosticism by one of the great German philosophers of the twentieth century. Jonas devoted decades to the study of this fascinating phenomenon, and he presents his key findings here in a more accessible style than in his early, two-volume study, "Gnosis und spaetantiker Geist". His academic studies under Heidegger had sharpened Jonas's perception for the thought-world of Late Antiquity, which Jonas presents as one marked by a deep rift between self and world, world and God, and G [...]


    6. Jonas provides the clearest and shortest understanding of gnosticism that I've ever read. It is so well done that you could read only the first two chapters and still have an immensely better appreciation for the contents of and rationale for gnoticism, in its pagan and Christian contexts. The first three chapters provide the historical context and survey of the contents for gnostic writings. The rest of the book provides a more in-depth look at the various systems of gnostic thought, as well as [...]


    7. Jonas explores and unravels the intricate fabric of Gnostic religious thought that developed concurrently with early Christianity. The two faiths competed, responding to some of the same pressures rising within Judaism, the Greek cults, and other Middle Eastern religions. Where Jonas’ book is particularly thought-provoking is that he spends almost no time at all placing these beliefs within a socio-political context, instead exploring their philosophical origins, the basic tenets of their fait [...]


    8. A lot of books about the Gnostics talk about how they were suppressed by the mainstream Christian church, were an influence on church beliefs, acted as a catalyst to force the church to define its beliefs when it rejected the Gnostic beliefs or goes over the history of the discovery of hidden texts. They do all that but don't really cover what the Gnostics believed. This book covers the beliefs and the differences between the beliefs of various sects. I highly recommend it if you want to know th [...]


    9. Jonas’ book is one of the classics in Gnostic scholarship. Predating the discovery of the Nag Hammadi Library, Jonas interprets the Gnostic religion in Twentieth Century philosophic terms. Trained under Martin Heidegger, Jonas draws parallels between Gnosticism and existentialism. Though slightly outdated, Jonas’ book is a must-read for anyone even remotely interested in Gnosticism.



    10. This is the definitive work about Gnosticism. Readable, eminently understandable, which is the real miracle, considering the baroque nature of some of the source material.


    11. Good general vision and introduction to Gnositicism.Buona visione generale e introduzione sullo Gnosticismo.


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