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The Gnostic New Age: How a Countercultural Spirituality Revolutionized Religion from Antiquity to Today

April D. DeConick

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231170765
eISBN:
9780231542043
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170765.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Gnosticism is a countercultural spirituality that forever changed the practice of Christianity. Before it emerged in the second century, passage to the afterlife required obedience to God and king. ... More


Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt: Volume 2 Nag Hammadi–Esna

Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789774163111
eISBN:
9781617970481
Item type:
book
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774163111.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Christianity and monasticism have flourished in Upper Egypt from as early as the fourth century until the present day. The contributors to this volume, international specialists in Coptology, examine ... More


Genre

Christopher Tuckett

in The Gospel of Mary

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199212132
eISBN:
9780191705922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212132.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter examines the genre of the text of the Gospel of Mary. It shows that any attempt to specify the genre of a text too precisely may foreclose (or predetermine) interpretative possibilities ... More


How Gnostic is the Gospel of Mary ?

Christopher Tuckett

in The Gospel of Mary

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199212132
eISBN:
9780191705922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212132.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter examines the Gnostic nature of the Gospel of Mary. It argues that despite the lack of any explicit detailed account of a creation myth, or an explicit reference to the creation of the ... More


Ancient Traditions of the Virgin Mary's Dormition and Assumption

Stephen J. Shoemaker

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199250752
eISBN:
9780191600746
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199250758.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The ancient Dormition and Assumption traditions, a remarkably diverse collection of narratives recounting the end of the Virgin Mary's life, first emerge into historical view from an uncertain past ... More


The Prehistory and Origins of the Dormition and Assumption Traditions

Stephen J. Shoemaker

in Ancient Traditions of the Virgin Mary's Dormition and Assumption

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199250752
eISBN:
9780191600746
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199250758.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Many previous interpreters have sought to locate the origins of the Dormition traditions within ancient “Jewish‐Christianity.” Although they are quite correct in identifying a number of heterodox ... More


The Gamma Buzz: Gluing by Oscillations in the Waking Brain

Buzsáki György

in Rhythms of the Brain

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195301069
eISBN:
9780199863716
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301069.003.0009
Subject:
Neuroscience, Neuroendocrine and Autonomic, Techniques

The most characteristic field pattern of the waking, activated neocortex is gamma oscillation. Its generation depends on the time decay of GABAA-receptor-mediated Laurent inhibition and/or shunting. ... More


Mysticism Before Mysticism: Teaching Christian Mysticism as a Historian of Religion

April DeConick

in Teaching Mysticism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199751198
eISBN:
9780199918782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751198.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter addresses the fundamentals of teaching about mysticism in the context of Christianity, favoring a comparative-contextualist approach. It focuses on teaching a seminar for upper-class ... More


Spirit, Myth, and Cosmos: From Shamanism to Chaos Magick

Nevill Drury

in Stealing Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Modern Western Magic

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199750993
eISBN:
9780199894871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199750993.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The idea that we all have within us a sacred potential is found in Gnosticism and Neoplatonism, and also in the early twentieth-century writings of Carl Jung, especially with regard to his concept of ... More


Reflections

Robert E. Sinkewicz

in Evagrius of Pontus: The Greek Ascetic Corpus

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199259939
eISBN:
9780191698651
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259939.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter presents an English translation of the ascetic corpus writing of Evagrius of Pontus titled ‘Reflections’. There were three versions of this treatise published in 1931 by J. Muyldermans: ... More


Gnostic Altered States

April D. DeConick

in The Gnostic New Age: How a Countercultural Spirituality Revolutionized Religion from Antiquity to Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231170765
eISBN:
9780231542043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170765.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Initiatory structure of Gnostic initiation; therapeutic goals of Gnostic initiation; ritual practices and positive cognitive changes. Engages the movie, "Altered States."


The Transformation of Wisdom

John Ashton

in Studying John: Approaches to the Fourth Gospel

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198269793
eISBN:
9780191683817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269793.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter begins by asking two questions concerning the Prologue of John's Gospel. The literary question was raised by Bultmann in his seminal article for the Gunkel Festschrift in 1923: ‘Up to ... More


The Word Homoousios

Christopher Stead

in Divine Substance

Published in print:
1977
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198266303
eISBN:
9780191683015
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266303.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter focuses on the use of the word homoousios, usually translated as ‘consubstantial’ or ‘coessential’, which appears to have been introduced by Gnostic Christians in the 2nd century. The ... More


A Redescription of Early Christian Positions on Animal Sacrifice

Daniel Ullucci

in The Christian Rejection of Animal Sacrifice

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199791705
eISBN:
9780199932436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791705.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This chapter shows that Christian arguments on the meaning and purpose of animal sacrifice, from Paul to Cyprian, do not form a single cohesive position. Rather, they represent different Christian ... More


Excavating Christian Western Thebes: A History1

Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

in Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt: Volume 2 Nag Hammadi–Esna

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789774163111
eISBN:
9781617970481
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774163111.003.0022
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Visitors, dealers, collectors, and archaeologists in modern times have judged the impressive pharaonic stone monuments to be physically encumbered by post-pharaonic reuse and, accordingly, have ... More


The Gnostic True Man

April D. DeConick

in The Gnostic New Age: How a Countercultural Spirituality Revolutionized Religion from Antiquity to Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231170765
eISBN:
9780231542043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170765.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Examines rise of Gnostic Spirituality within historical environment of shamanic practices and mystery initiation; Engages the movie, “The Truman Show.”


Continuing Knowledge from Generation unto Generation: The Social and Literary Background of Aleister Crowley’s Magick

Richard Kaczynski

in Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199863075
eISBN:
9780199979974
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter identifies the different Western sources that Crowley used to help synthesize his magical system. It examines the modern literature on phallicism, sex worship, and worship of the sun. It ... More


Egyptian Gnosticism from Its Cradle in the Alexandrian Quarters of the Second Century to Its Jar Tomb in the Upper Egyptian Town of Nag‘ Hammadi

Hany N. Takla

in Christianity and Monasticism in Middle Egypt

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9789774166631
eISBN:
9781617976551
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774166631.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter attempts to interpret the fate of Gnosticism in Egypt by investigating places where texts were found and the historical material available. It first presents a list of texts of a Gnostic ... More


Christo-Fiction: The Ruins of Athens and Jerusalem

François Laruelle

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231167246
eISBN:
9780231538961
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231167246.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This book targets the rigid, self-sustaining arguments of metaphysics, rooted in Judaic and Greek thought, and explores the radical potential of Christ, whose “crossing” disrupts their circular ... More


Protocols to the Left, Protocols to the Right: Conspiracism in American Political Discourse at the Turn of the Second Millennium

Chip Berlet

in The Paranoid Apocalypse: A Hundred-Year Retrospective on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814748923
eISBN:
9780814748930
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814748923.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter shows how a shared conspiracist metanarrative permits people to take conspiracy allegations rooted in the Protocols, sanitize the anti-Semitic references, and peddle the resulting ... More


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