The Nag Hammadi Library was discovered in 1945 buried in a large stone jar in the desert outside the modern Egyptian city of Nag Hammadi It is a collection of religious and philosophic texts gathered and translated into Coptic by fourth century Gnostic Christians and translated into English by doze
Gnosticism was a wide ranging religious movement of the first millennium CE with earlier antecedents and later flourishings whose adherents sought salvation through knowledge and personal religious experience Gnostic writings offer striking perspectives on both early Christian and non Christian tho
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
Gnosticism developed alongside Judeo Christianity over two thousand years ago, but with an important difference It emphasizes, not faith, but direct perception of God Gnosticism being derived from the Greek word gnosis, meaning knowledge Given the controversial premise that one can know God dir
Presents a readable and appealing introduction to what otherwise might seem an inaccessible religion of late antiquity.
Pagels, a writer and thinker on religion and history, winner of the National Book Award for The Gnostic Gospels, reflects on what matters most about spiritual and religious exploration in the 21st century This book explores how Christianity began by tracing its earliest texts, including the Gospel
For 1600 years its message lay hidden When the bound papyrus pages of this lost gospel finally reached scholars who could unlock its meaning, they were astounded Here was a gospel that had not been seen since the early days of Xianity, which few experts had even thought existed a gospel told fro
A distinctive Christian heresy A competitor of burgeoning Christianity A pre Christian folk religion traceable to Oriental syncretism How do we account for the disparate ideas, writings, and practices that have been placed under the Gnostic rubric To do so, Karen King says, we must first disen
VALIS is the first book in Philip K Dick s incomparable final trio of novels the others being The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer This disorienting and bleakly funny work is about a schizophrenic hero named Horselover Fat the hidden mysteries of Gnostic Christianity an
The two leading, bestselling experts on the Gnostic Gospels weigh in on the meaning of the controversial newly discovered Gospel of Judas When the Gospel of Judas was published by the National Geographic Society in April 2006, it received extraordinary media attention and was immediately heralded a
A new translation and analysis of the gospel that records the actual words of Jesus Explores the gnostic significance of Jesus s teachings recorded in this gospel and explains the true nature of the new man whose coming Jesus envisioned Translated and interpreted by the author of the bestselling G
Pistis Sophia A Gnostic Gospel, translated by G.R.S Mead The Gnostics were composed of a number of early Christian mystical sects Their teachers were persecuted and documents destroyed because the Church desired a uniform set of beliefs to operate under Only now have we begun to better apprecia
This definitive introduction to the gnostic scriptures provides a crucial look at the theology, religious atmosphere literary traditions of ancient Christianity Hellenistic Judaism Included are maps, tables index.
Who were the Gnostics Were they heretics or visionaries who possessed the keys to Christianity s deepest secrets Where did they come from Did they leave any descendants Why were they suppressed Why do their ideas keep reappearing Forbidden Faith is a comprehensive popular history of Gnosticism
Gnostic America is a reading of current American culture, politics, and religious life according to the ancient movement known as Gnosticism In it, Peter M Burfeind builds off the foundations of Hans Jonas, Denis de Rougement, Norman Cohn, William Voegelin, Carl Jung, and Harold Bloom, each of whom
Do you wonder about the future and the destiny of humanity Do you want to know the true purpose of your existence on Earth and in the Universe A long hidden ancient text holds the answers you seek Zinovia Dushkova, Ph.D., is one of the few living people who has gained access to the million year o