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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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. For the Gnostics, unlike for earlier philosophers, humans could not hope for any reliable normative or ethical guidance from the structure of the cosmos. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat The intermingling of Greek rationality and philosophy with the rich mythological tapestries of the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and Persia—combined with the massive upheavals and destruction that accompanied the setting up of two colossal, antagonistic empires, Roman and Parthian, as masters of the settled world—produced a ferment of new religious and philosophical notions, an intricately creative cauldron in which roiled many of the ideas that provided the base material with which the road towards the modern world has been paved.

His published works include The Gnostic Religion: This book covers the beliefs and the differences between the beliefs of various sects. Return to Book Page. In Gnosticism, original sin is non-existent, the God of Eden being the deceiving and jealous Demiurge, the serpent but one of the manifestations of this Jesus incarnate who braves the dangers of the Archons and their darkness in an effort to make man aware of the Alien God; an entity unknown and unknowable despite the fact his divinity, existent in the pneuma of every man and woman, is the path to salvation by way of a post-cosmic reunion of the pneuma with the infinite Divine Light.

Well some of the sects talked about in this book have a good reason for it, most of them though just tack on lots and lots of stuff before whatever it is that makes the person known as Adam occur. It’s interesting especially in light of my pop-knowledge of the subject, and realizing that the stuff that Mr. Jun 29, Mohamed Karaly rated it really liked it.


Dave Schmidt rated it liked it Dec 15, In the original text, Jonas expounds on this contrast at length, drawing from Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, and Cicero to draw out the connections in their work between their awe for the cosmos, home to man and gods, organized around an intelligible even if unknown order, and calling for man to shape his soul and intellect in ways namely through the cultivation of virtue and through the pursuit of wisdom and truth reflective of the order of the cosmos.

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Views Read Edit View history. I’m growing tired of writing this review. A masterwork on Gnosticism by one of the great German philosophers of the twentieth century. Published January 16th by Beacon Press first published 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.

Jonas explores and unravels the intricate fabric of Gnostic religious thought that developed concurrently with early Christianity. No modern writer that I am aware of has brought life to Gnosticism as Jonas has.

The Gnostic Religion

Share your thoughts with other customers. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Selected pages Title Page. Indeed, one reason to read this book is that Gnosticism is still very much a part of our own thought-world: Introducing the first edition, inJonas tells very much an academic story, grounded in scholarly resear This is a very academic treatment of Gnosticism, but one that has endured through three editions.

They do all that but don’t really cover what the Gnostics believed. 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.

Although Jonas’s study has since been superseded in some of its details, its synthetic approach provides a welcome corrective to the plethora of specialist studies on this topic, which all too often leave the reader wishing for greater clarity and perspective. Want to Read saving…. The Monkey Is the Messenger.

Then it was mentioned again recently in another book I’m reading, thd I thought to look it up in the school library, and behold it was there.

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The first three chapters provide the historical context and survey of the contents for gnostic writings. The Integrity of Thinking. This is kind of interesting stuff to me, the difference the view of the individual in Greek thought, the shift from the Polis to Cosmopolitanism and it’s ramifications on what is thought of as the individual, the public and the private spheres, and how all of this goes to differences in shaping mytho-centric metaphysical views of creation and the cosmos.

Though not well known and out of print, the history, evolution and thought of the ancient gnostics is dealt geligion in a clear, unbiased manner.

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

This work is an excellent study of the key principles of gnosticism. Jan 26, Mario D’Amore rated it liked it. With that latter chapter now ending the book, and Jonas’s own narrative anchored in his encounter with Heidegger beginning it, the book now begins to point more broadly to appeal that the essence or spirit of Gnosticism has held out to those of us shaped by the problems of the modern world.

Other editions – View all The Gnostic Religion: Dec 20, Gregory Klages rated it really liked it.

Chandra rated it really liked it Aug 17, Miss Havisham rated it really liked it Dec 30, Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. In this time he wrote several letters to Lore about philosophy, in particular philosophy of biology, that would form the basis of gans later publications on the subject.

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 at mythologizing the Judeo-Christian, or monotheistic religions at the time. He was one of the first philosophers to concern himself with ethical questions in biological science. He was sent to Italyand in the last phase of the war moved into Germany.