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Hating A Wonderful Essay A wonderful essay the life and times of this religious movement that stirred the christian world for a few centuries Easily read lets you know the movement s main branches and protagonists and keeps you curious and interested in each pageTo be honest I doubt this is an objective depiction of the nostics Some of them are presented something as poets of religious doctrines rather than religious leaders Then you need to read something from the side that likes Gnostics since they have much suffered by false accusations in the past I very interesting overview of Gnostic thought from it s early Christian beginnings This is not as much an historical look but the approach of an essayist examining Gnostic thought and it
"S Appeal To Those Who Felt Disenfranchised "appeal to those who felt disenfranchised the world around them This is the second time I ve read this book the first time was about a decade ago I considered it one of my favorite books back then and had recommended it to a number of friends Reading it again I do remember the beauty of the writer s thoughts I was mesmerized by the topic the a history of the nostics I include this book in my list of books of reading for insomnia a
sort of collection of books which come to my mind when I think of that liminal of collection of books which come to my mind when I think of that liminal between dreaming and being barely awake Books to read when you are awoken in the early morning or when you are forced to have to et up Books that reveal a hidden light into the everyday Upped to 5 stars after a second readingThe Gnostic attitude repudiates history and dogma enlightenment is to be achieved from within Moreover resources on Gnosticism are scant and many extant works were written through the hostile lens of the Church How fitting then that this book attempts first and foremost to reconstruct and impart Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story glimpses of the inner life of the Gnostics historical survey is only a secondary concern The first part is correspondingly a Gnostic meditation on The Workings of the World which has a musing on the The Perforated Veil the sky as its point of departure one very characteristic of the style of the entire book What emotions does the sight of the sky inspire in us if not praise enthusiasm and admiration It is vast infinite immutable omnipresent it eludes the relative and the measurable it is a parameter of the incommensurable But in this concert which we consider natural and which celebrates dawn zenith nadir and twilight with eual assurance discordant notes sometimes jar the ear To be vast isood To be infinite is too much To possess planets and stars is an incontestable triumph But to possess them by the million to teem with stars which are so many eyes trained upon the world each night as if tracking our dreams is to wield excessive power to display a very suspect splendour Something in this immensity turns and meshes its How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead gears with a regularity so precise as to be disuieting and exactly for S documentation is impeccable It is as convincing a reconstruction of the way the Gnostics lived and thought as DH Lawrence’s intuitive recreation of the vanished Etruscans”“A remarkable book for both knowledge and the understanding of Gnostic texts so abstruse at first sight and for the poetical interpretation of the Gnostic movement across history Lacarriere is particularly well informed abou. This book is a lyrical meditation on ancientnosticism as the betrayal of the physical cosmos It is beautifully written Lacarriere has heavyweight fans like Lawrence Durrell and Marguerite YourcenarLacarriere nicely conveys the alienated horror the ancient Gnostics felt for the world around them And he maintains that
this is in some ways comparable to our contemporary alienation under capitalism In this way an ancient heresy is in some ways comparable to our contemporary alienation under capitalism In this way an ancient heresy modern revolution are used to illuminate each other And our author oes about this in a manner that is very convincingI found myself also uite interested by the brief criticisms our author permits himself of the so called Traditionalist School the discussion occurs towards the end of the book that begins with Ren Gu non For our purposes here let us say that the Traditionalist maintain that the Truth that all the Great Religious Traditions point to is unsurpassable and thus they and only they are the bearers of TruthThe argument with this is or so I take Lacarriere to mean that iven the radical evil of the World according to the Gnostics we can expect no help from past religions that all spoke to a very different time Our author argues that this cult of the past can only distract Man from his true uest the uest for a new consciousness springing from immediate experience and contingent on the presentOf course this is
exactly what Gu non feared most doing their own thing While I think Gu non has a what Gu non feared most Everyone doing their own thing While I think Gu non has a specifically here Lecarriere is certainly right to argue that Man is no longer the passive recipient of natures blows that he was in either ancient or even medieval times The modern capitalist industrial technological revolution has changed all that The several reat religions born in the wake of the Agricultural Revolution and conseuent rise of Empire cannot hope to speak to a world in which Man has become an Effective PowerThis is radically new Ou This is a beautiful essay on The Gnostics leaders roups ideology theology etc It s a short tome but the writing is beautiful and waxes poetic as it tries to embody the ideology through it s performance on the page The essay isn t interested in being didactic or overly historical and is written in a very personal manner which makes it very uniue and engaging If I were to teach a class on Moonrise gnosticism this would definitely be on my reuired reading list Such a wonderful piece At some points I was wondering if this is a novel or a historical essay The book was highly recommended by Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell I think Durrellave it to Miller A lot to be learned from Lacarriere One of the better books on Gnosticism that I have read Jacues Lacarriere writes in a poetic way that helps evoke the overtly mystical uality of the reat Gnostic age of Basilides and Valentinus He is less sueamish about tackling the Gnostics often bizarre ritualistic practices as they come down to us through their Christian opponents and he makes a decent. Gnostics have always sought to “know” rather than to accept dogma and doctrine often to their peril This inuiry into Gnosticism examines the character history and beliefs of a brave and vigorous spiritual uest that originated in the ancient Near East and continues into the present dayLawrence Durrell writes “This is a strange and original essay a work of literature than of scholarship though it.
READ ´ COURIERSINWOLVERHAMPTON.CO.UK Å Jacques LacarrièreHom or against whom this mechanism deploys its flaming wheelworks we do not knowSo in this simple look directed at the celestial vault the Gnostics find themselves confronted with the ultimate nature of reality what is this matter which is by turns full and empty dense and tenuous luminous and dark of which our sky is made Is this dark shore this tenebrous issue this interstitial shadow wherein the stars seem pricked like incandescent pores constituted of matter
Or Of Space Is The Real Skyof space Is the real sky but its light these winking eyes on the ocean of night or is it at one and the same time that which shines and that which does not a fire flaming and dark by turns Do its shores and its black abysses comprise a nothingness an absence of light or are they the concrete material which interposes itself between our earth and the distant fires which it obscuresNo doubt this uestion will seem absurd or at least premature in the age of the Gnostics Nevertheless it is implicit at the very starting point of their thought Since man in their view is a fragment of the universe and since the body of the one and the space of the other proceed from a simple material both must obey the same laws Man is a mirror in which one can discover the reduced and condensed image of the sky a living universe carrying within him in his body and in his psyche fires and dark shores zones of shadows and of light Are these lights and shadows simply forms split off from a single material or two materials of opposing nature All our existence all our choices as thinking hominids are vitally implicated in this simple uestion Thus the Gnostics searched the splendours and the terrors of the sky to find an answer to our own duality Never was there asked a pertinent uestion and never were the stars scanned so earnestlyAnd it seems that what struck these men most forcibly as they watched throughout the Egyptian nights is the dark portion of the sky the vastness the omnipresence the heavy opacity of that blackness It hangs over use like a veil a wall of shadow encircling the earth a tenebrous dome through which appear here and there through chinks faults and aps the After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire Since 1405 glittering fires of another world Aigantic black lid seals in our universe and encompasses us with its opacityWhile the next two parts of the book
Centre Around Gnosticism S Historicalaround Gnosticism s historical and developments it remains loaded with sentiment exemplified by the above which to me seems appropriate without it the book would largely devolve into an unrelatable inventory of bizarre mythologies and rituals Of which it describes plentyThe fourth and final part discusses Gnosticism in and for the contemporary ageCompelling read I have always been amazed by nostics and their views on life and our existence they were always enigma in the history of our civilization maybe they spoke the truth and bec Fascinating attempt at understanding Gnosticism via tracing it back to basic phenomenological experiences. T the various currents and undercurrents of Gnosticism and their perennial importance for the religious and the mystic mind” Marguerite YourcenarJacues Lacrarriere 1925 2005 was a French writer who studied philosophy and classic literature and was known for his work as a critic journalist and essayist In 1991 he received le Grand Prix de l'Academie francaise The Great Prize of the French Academy.