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The Allure of Gnosticism: The Gnostic Experience in Jungian Philosophy and Contemporary Culture Hardcover – AC-3, February 19, 1999

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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Open Court (February 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812692772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812692778
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,143,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gnosticism is far more than an ancient Christian and Jewish heresy. It arises in many religions as the belief in a radical dualism both in human beings and the cosmos: immateriality is perceived as good and matter as evil. Gnosticism often surfaces as a theme in contemporary cultural and psychological thought _ especially in the works of C. G. Jung. The Allure of Gnosticism: The Gnostic Experience in Jungian Psychology and Contemporary Culture is a collection of sixteen essays illuminating gnosticism in its relation to such issues as Jungian thought, the nature of evil, the place of the feminine, communism and fascism, existentialism, Christian scriptures, and Buddhism. The works of Kafka and T. S. Eliot are examined in detail. -- Midwest Book Review

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By S. Eyer on January 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
Books on "gnosticism" often tend either to be in the academic stratosphere, or full of new age sensationalism. This volume is very useful in that it presents a variety of interesting viewpoints from (mostly) recognized scholars in the field. It's quite accessible and the closing chapter on modern gnostic revivals is of particular import for those seeking to comprehend the continued draw this ancient philosophy -- as radical or paranoid it may be -- exerts upon some elements of our society today. (I adopted this for use in an undergraduate course on gnosticism I teach.)
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