The gnostic religion: the message of the alien God and the beginnings of Christianity / Hans Jonas.—3rd ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and. Hans Jonas. · Rating details · ratings · 14 reviews. The Gnostic Religion was the 1st decent introduction to gnosticism for the modern world & is still of. Praise. “Using the few sources available to him with penetrating insight, Jonas reconstructed the Gnostic worldview The Gnostic Religion remains, even today.

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Start Where You Are. What I like about these stories are they are serious attempts at trying to give some kind of meaning to the darkness of the world. Then it was mentioned again recently in another book I’m reading, so I thought to look it up in the school library, and behold it was there. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Will I go out and buy a book with all of the works mentioned in here in translation?

The Gnostic Religion: The Message of the Alien God and the Beginnings of Christianity

Gnostic Imagery and Symbolic Language. Get to Know Us. Other editions – View all The Gnostic Religion: Supplements to the Second Edition.

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A masterwork on Gnosticism by one of the great German philosophers of the twentieth century. Trained under Martin Heidegger, Jonas draws parallels between Gnosticism and existentialism.

Such a lifespan is exceedingly rare gnosfic an academic book, and surprising for a book so technical in its treatment of such an arcane topic.

They finally married in The Message of the Alien God and the Beginnings of Jonas’s career is generally divided into three periods relifion by the three works just mentioned, but in reverse order: Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

Having transcended the classical belief in an order inhabited by the gods, with a belief in a “transmundane deity” – a God who lived outside the universe of men – Gnostics saw the order of their existence as “rigid and inimical order, tyrannical and evil law, devoid of meaning and goodness, alien to the purposes of man and to his inner essence Perhaps the most intriguing aspect is the manner in which Jesus Christ is re-invented as an incarnation of the Unknown Divinity’s essence, sent to impart to man the gnosis that will reveal the ignorant materiality of the natural world; thus Christ’s tribulations were to impede the success of his mission to educate man, whereas in Christian soteriology Christ’s tribulations were the very means with which he would redeem the sins of a jknas mankind.

The Gnostic Religion

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Jonas aimed for an even mix of hams Iranian and Syrian-Egyptian types in the six principal systems he examines, even including a pagan gnostic belief in the Poimandres of Hermes Trismegistus. For more comments, see: Jonas was the first author to write a detailed history of ancient Gnosticism. Introducing the first edition, inJonas tells very much an academic story, grounded in scholarly research about the myths and symbolisms of human origins – especially about the competition between those Christian myths and symbols which had become dominant, and the Gnostic myths and symbols which once competed with those of Christian orthodoxy.


What could overcome this schism, according to the elect, was gnosis, a Greek word meaning “knowledge”. Hans Jonas Snippet view – The rest of the book provides a more in-depth look at the various systems of gnostic thought, as well as Jonas provides the clearest re,igion shortest understanding of gnosticism that I’ve ever read. Please try again later. Given the prominence of Gnostic studies – a field which Jonas had done much to advance – Jonas took the opportunity in his Third Edition to tell of the connections between his own intellectual history and his interest in Gnosticism.

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? His academic studies under Heidegger had sharpened Jonas’s perception rdligion the thought-world of Late Antiquity, which Jonas presents as one marked by a deep rift between self and world, world and God, and God and self. Jans More of Less. Robledo Quindo rated it it was amazing May 01, The overseerer of believers of Dopey Shit, so it will be done. German philosopher of environmentalism and Gnosticism. Continental philosophy Lebensphilosophie [1].