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SUMMARY Les Gnostiues

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 is a beautiful essay on The Gnostics leaders groups 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 gnosticism this would definitely be on my reuired reading list

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Les Gnostiues

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. 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 gnostics 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 space 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 get up Books that reveal a hidden light into the everyday

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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. I have always been amazed by gnostics and their views on life and our existence they were always enigma in the history of our civilization maybe they spoke the truth and because of that they were crushed by establishment and it s main device the church Jacues Lacarriere essay is crucial one to understand about who were they what they believed and what they preached This essay is philosophical one than historical and Lacarriere transports you to III century Alexandria one of the crucial cities in development of religions At the end we can conclude that today s world is similliar to time when Gnostics lived many things stay the same injustice control by the state and its instruments materialism immorality poverty diseases is really our planet Hell and creation of Demiurge


10 thoughts on “Les Gnostiues

  1. says:

    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 gnostics I include this book in my list of books of reading for insomnia a sort of collection of books which come to my mind

  2. says:

    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 great 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 Chris

  3. says:

    This book is a lyrical meditation on ancient gnosticism 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 th

  4. says:

    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 glimpses of the inner life of the Gnostics historical survey is only a secondary concern The fi

  5. says:

    A wonderful essay on 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 gnostics Some of them are presented something as poets of religious doctrines rather than religious leaders Then you need to read so

  6. says:

    This is a beautiful essay on The Gnostics leaders groups 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 i

  7. says:

    I have always been amazed by gnostics and their views on life and our existence they were always enigma in the history of our civilization maybe they spoke the truth and because of that they were crushed by establishment and it's main device the church Jacues Lacarriere essay is crucial one to understand about who were they what they believed and what they preached This essay is philosophical one than histori

  8. says:

    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 by the world around them

  9. says:

    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 Durrell gave it to Miller A lot to be learned from Lacarriere

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    Fas