Gnostics have always sought to “know” rather than to accept dogma and doctrine, often to their peril. This inquiry into Gnosticism examines the character, history. Jacques Lacarrière was a French writer, born in Limoges. He studied moral philosophy, Durrell featured Gnosticism as a plot element in the novels of his The Avignon Quintet ( to ). He also wrote a “Foreword” to the English. JACQUES LACARRIERE. The Gnostics. Foreword by. LAWRENCE DURRELL. Translated from the French by. NINA ROOTES.

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The Purity of the Mountains. Modernity has changed the way people live as much as the Agriculture Revolution alongside the rise of Empire once did. Are these lights and shadows simply forms split off from a single material, or two materials of opposing nature? I was mesmerized by the topic: The fourth and final part discusses Gnosticism in and for the contemporary age.

This inquiry into Gnosticism examines the character, history, and beliefs of a brave and vigorous spiritual quest that originated in the ancient Near East and continues into the present day. Gnostice About The Gnostics. Moreover, resources on Gnosticism are scant, and many extant works were written through the hostile lens of the Church. Some of them are gnostis something as poets of religious doctrines rather than religious leaders. Fascinating attempt at understanding Gnosticism via tracing it jacqued to basic phenomenological experiences.

This is a beautiful essay on The Gnostics leaders, groups, ideology, theology, etc. To possess planets and stars is an incontestable triumph. City Lights Foundation Books.


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Lawrence’s intuitive recreation of the vanished Etruscans. All our existence, all our choices as thinking hominids are vitally implicated in this simple question. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Lacarrieree has heavyweight fans like Lawrence Durrell and Marguerite Yourcenar. May 26, Steve rated it it was amazing. Upped to 5 stars after a second reading.

Lawrence’s intuitive recreation of the vanished Etruscans. 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 gnotics being barely This is the second time I’ve read this book; the first time was about a decade ago.

The Gnostics

It’s a short tome, but the writing is beautiful and gnodtics poetic as it tries to embody the ideology through it’s performance on the page. Paperbackpages. Of which lacarruere describes plenty. This lacarrieree into Gnosticism examines the character, history, and beliefs of a brave and vigorous spiritual quest that originated in the ancient Near East and continues into the present day. Lawrence Durrell writes, “This is a strange and original essay, more a work of literature than of scholarship, though its documentation is impeccable.

And our author goes about this in a manner that is very convincing. Is this dark shore, this tenebrous issue, this interstitial shadow wherein the stars seem pricked like incandescent pores, constituted of matter or of space? This book is a lyrical meditation on ancient gnosticism as the ‘betrayal’ of jacquess physical cosmos.

Our author argues that this ‘cult of the past’ “can only distract Man from his true quest: Andrew Donnachie rated it it was amazing Jul 09, Published January 1st by City Lights Publishers first published The writer had met English author Lawrence Durrell inwho had been studying some Gnostic texts since the early s.


Reading it again, I do remember the beauty of the writer’s thoughts. If I were to teach a class on gnosticism, this would definitely be on my required reading list. Contents Foreword by Lawrence Durrell. It is as convincing a reconstruction of the way the Gnostics lived and thought as D.

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Christopher rated it liked it Feb 23, Lacarriere is particularly well informed lacarroere the various currents and undercurrents of Gnosticism, and their perennial importance for the religious and the mystic mind. This book examines the information available and tries to piece together a model we can understand. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Gnostic attitude repudiates history and dogma: The Ash and the Stars.

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To be vast is jacquez. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.