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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He studied moral philosophyclassical literatureand Hindu philosophy and literature. Of which it describes plenty.
Want to Read saving…. If I were to teach a class on gnosticism, this would definitely be on my required reading list. Moreover, resources on Gnosticism are scant, and many extant works were written through the hostile lens of the Church.
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Durrell featured Gnosticism as a plot element in the novels of his The Avignon Quintet to I think that Lecarriere not only imagined this, but hoped for it too One of the better books on Gnosticism that I have read. To be honest, I doubt this is an objective depiction of the gnostics.
The Gnostics by Jacques Lacarrière
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, and beliefs of a brave and vigorous spiritual quest that originated in the ancient Near East and continues into the present day.
I was mesmerized by the topic: The Highroads of Samaria. He is less squeamish about tackling the Gnostics often bizarre ritualistic practices as they come down to us through their Christian opponentsand he makes a decent case in rescuing their complex ideology from being that as simply ‘world hating’. Since man, in their view, gnsotics a fragment of the universe, and since the body of the one lacartiere the space of the other proceed from a simple material, both must obey the same laws.
This book is a lyrical meditation on ancient gnosticism as the ‘betrayal’ of the physical cosmos. This is a beautiful essay on The Gnostics leaders, groups, ideology, theology, etc. This is the second time I’ve read this book; the first time was about a decade ago.
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He died in Paris on 17 Septemberfollowing complications from orthopedic surgery. The Workings of the World. 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.
This book examines the information available and tries to piece together a model we can understand. Overall, it was ok. And he maintains that this is in some ways comparable to our contemporary alienation under capitalism.
To possess planets and stars is an incontestable triumph. The essay isn’t interested in being didactic or overly historical, and is written in a very personal manner which makes it very unique and more engaging. His body was cremated and his ashes scattered in Greecein the waters off the island of Spetses. Jacques Lacarriere writes in a poetic way that helps evoke the overtly mystical quality of the great Gnostic age of Basilides and Valentinus.