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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While in no way neglecting historical or theological issues, Jonas didn’t get bogged down in them: The stranger who does not know the ways of the foreign land wanders about lost; if he learns its ways too well, he forgets that he is a stranger and gets lost in a different sense by succumbing to the lure of the alien world and becoming estranged to his own origin.

This is a very academic treatment of Gnosticism, but one that has endured through three editions. Other editions – View all The Gnostic Religion: His published works include The Gnostic Religion: Gnostic Systems of Thought. Fascinating genesis story about my coming to read this book aside, I’m going to add another one, because this is about all these different Gnostic views of the world, and they are not a real group of views, but competing attempts gjostic mythologizing the Judeo-Christian, or monotheistic reli This book caught my attention at some point in ghe past.

Instead of just shrugging while making a silly face to the question of why there is evil in the world if God is all good, and saying “He works in mysterious ways! Learn more about Amazon Prime. So I read it. Jonas’s writings were very influential in different spheres. The Hymn of the Pearl.

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

By study of Gnosticism had shifted even more significantly, as Jonas reported, “It is now difficult to define which field, which particular section of scholarship, is the true home of research in Gnosticism. Brown’s workand that the real nuances and differences between these different views of the world are pretty interesting.

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The Gnostic Religion

His first edition analyzed the main tenets of Gnostic literature, catalogued the systems of thought developed by several Gnostic speculators, and discussed the conflict between Gnosticism and “the Classical Mind”; the second edition added a chapter discussing the Nag Hamadi scripts and, more importantly, the chapter “Gnosticism, Existentialism, and Nihilism”.

The two faiths competed, responding to some of the same pressures rising within Judaism, the Greek cults, and other Middle Eastern religions. Account Options Sign in.

Jonas provides the clearest and shortest understanding of gnosticism habs I’ve ever read. I read one page of Mr. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Beacon Press- Religion – pages. From there yans moved in to New York Citywhere he was to live for the rest of his life. Tantra of the Yoga Sutras. Brown has popularized is kind of a watered down version of what Gnostic thought actually was or maybe not, as I hadn’t read much about this prior to this book, and knew most of what I knew from the back of books and from other reputable sources, my knowledge of Mr.

Jonas provides a broad religioh of the conditions at the time Gnosticism developed at the beginning of the Christian era. While The Imperative of Responsibility has been credited with catalyzing the environmental movement in Germany, his work The Phenomenon of Life forms the philosophical undergirding of one major school of bioethics in America.


Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. He formulated a new and distinctive supreme principle of morality: What does it mean to feel one is in a cosmos in which God is alien or absent? jojas

Although every Gnostic system was unique to itself—indeed, within each different strand believers were encouraged to elaborate, expand upon, and revise the existing bases of thought—they all shared certain core tenets: In Search of Ethics for the Technological Age. The Imperative of Responsibility GermanEnglish centers on social and ethical problems created by technology.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. In this competition, Jonas from the start marks Gnosticism as the “aggressor — it was an embattled cause from the beginning and thus came under the scrutiny of those whose cause it threatened to subvert. Jenkins No preview available – In this powerful, illuminating work, Jonas traces the directions of classical western thought in the centuries prior to the birth of Christ, a period in which Greek-centred Hellenism spread throughout the eastern Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern world, working its way into the cultural and belief systems that had preceded it as Greek itself became the language of choice for serious discourse.

Hans Jonas – Wikipedia

Not to be confused religiin Hans Joas. Jonas aimed for an even mix of the Iranian and Syrian-Egyptian types in the six principal systems he examines, even including a pagan gnostic belief in the Poimandres of Hermes Trismegistus. Jonas explores and unravels the intricate fabric of Gnostic religious thought that developed concurrently with early Christianity.