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Shafique N. Virani

in The Ismailis in the Middle Ages: A History of Survival, a Search for Salvation

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195311730
eISBN:
9780199785490
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311730.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Three concepts in particular played a major role in the Ismaili survival of the Mongol depredations: taqiyya (precautionary dissimulation); the Ismaili da'wa, which literally means “summons”; and the ... More


The Gnostic Body

Vesna A. Wallace

in The Inner Kalacakratantra: A Buddhist Tantric View of the Individual

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195122114
eISBN:
9780199834808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195122119.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter looks at the Kālacakratantra and the Kālacakra tradition as a Buddhist gnostic system. To do this it examines the various ways in which the tantric system interprets gnosis and its ... More


 Salvation and Imamate

Shafique N. Virani

in The Ismailis in the Middle Ages: A History of Survival, a Search for Salvation

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195311730
eISBN:
9780199785490
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311730.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Islam

In the period following the Mongol invasion, we witness the primacy of the belief in the soteriological necessity of the imamate and, in particular, of the current Imam. While this conviction was ... More


The Transformative Body

Vesna A. Wallace

in The Inner Kalacakratantra: A Buddhist Tantric View of the Individual

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195122114
eISBN:
9780199834808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195122119.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The first part of this last chapter discusses the path of actualizing gnosis in relation to the individual. The Kālacakratantra's theory of the nature of gnosis, prāṇas (life force or life winds), ... More


The Inner Kalacakratantra: A Buddhist Tantric View of the Individual

Vesna A. Wallace

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195122114
eISBN:
9780199834808
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195122119.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The Kālacakratantra and its commentarial literature are a rich textual source for the study of diverse but mutually related fields of South Asian studies in general and of South Asian Buddhism in ... More


The ascent to God in prayer

Demetrios S. Katos

in Palladius of Helenopolis: The Origenist Advocate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199696963
eISBN:
9780191731969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696963.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Church History

This chapter explores the dynamics of Palladius’ model asceticism and its indebtedness to Origen and especially Evagrius of Pontus. It demonstrates that Palladius adapted an Evagrian understanding of ... More


Teaching Experiential Dimensions of Western Esotericism

Wouter J. Hanegraaff

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/9780199751198.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This contribution is based an innovative program that has been running since 1999 at the University of Amsterdam, in a context that (like most European programs in the study of religion) emphasizes ... More


The Higher Christian Life: gnōsis, apatheia, agapē

John Behr

in Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198270003
eISBN:
9780191683862
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270003.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

One of the main themes of Stromateis is the maturity of a bonafide Gnostic compared with the immaturity of a simple believer. Clement gives emphasis on a twofold faith wherein one believes in the ... More


Eric Voegelin, Anti-Gnosticism, and the Totalitarian Emphasis on Order

Arthur Versluis

in The New Inquisitions: Heretic-Hunting and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Totalitarianism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195306378
eISBN:
9780199850914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306378.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter examines the role of German political philosopher Eric Voegelin in popularizing anti-gnosticism and the totalitarian emphasis on social order. Voegelin considered modernity as the venue ... More


F. C. Baur’s Two Programmes of Scientific Theology

Johannes Zachhuber

in Theology as Science in Nineteenth-Century Germany: From F.C. Baur to Ernst Troeltsch

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199641918
eISBN:
9780191752490
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641918.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter contains in essence an extended analysis of F. C. Baur’s writing Die christliche Gnosis published in 1835. In spite of its title it is his philosophy or religion. The chapter ... More


Understanding the Nature of Our Offense: A Dialogue on the Twenty-First-Century Study of Religion for Use in the Classroom

Brian K. Pennington

in Teaching Religion and Violence

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195372427
eISBN:
9780199949618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372427.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In this dialogue between two scholars caught up in a wave of late twentieth-century attacks on the academic study of religion by offended religious communities, the authors lay out their respective ... More


High Culture: Drugs, Mysticism, and the Pursuit of Transcendence in the Modern World

Christopher Partridge

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190459116
eISBN:
9780190459147
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190459116.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

For a number of complex reasons, humans are fascinated by drugs and altered states. Even if only momentarily, psychoactive substances lift people out of the ennui and pain of their everyday lives ... More


Coming-To-Head, Returning-To-Womb: (E)Soteric Gnosis and Overcoming Gender Dimorphism

Elliot R. Wolfson

in Language, Eros, Being: Kabbalistic Hermeneutics and Poetic Imagination

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823224180
eISBN:
9780823235377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823224180.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter focuses on the interpretation of the Song of Songs (a biblical book that is significant in the history of Judaism and Christianity), and its hermeneutical ... More


Two German Speeches

Massimo Cacciari

Alessandro Carrera (ed.)

in Europe and Empire

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823267163
eISBN:
9780823274840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823267163.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

The chapter is divided in two parts. The first one, “The Second Thought,” is on the legacy of Hannah Arendt, which the author understands as a school of resistance to the gnostic premises of ... More


Ruminating on Paul’s Food in the Second Century

John David Penniman

in Raised on Christian Milk: Food and the Formation of the Soul in Early Christianity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780300222760
eISBN:
9780300228007
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300222760.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

In the second century, the apostle Paul’s legacy was far from settled. This was especially true concerning the meaning of his reference to milk and solid food in 1 Corinthians. In the contentious ... More


‘Changing Places’

Pierre-Philippe Fraiture

in V. Y. Mudimbe: Undisciplined Africanism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781846318948
eISBN:
9781781381083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846318948.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter is devoted to Mudimbe’s crucial move to the US in the late 1970s. This transfer had far-reaching consequences, not least because he had to change language and redefine his role as an ... More


A Generic Repetition of Gnosis: To Desuture Christ from Theology

François Laruelle

in Christo-Fiction: The Ruins of Athens and Jerusalem

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231167246
eISBN:
9780231538961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231167246.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter presents the following equation: Christ = science of Christ = gnosis, along with its corollary, gnosis vs. theology and christology. The equation shows that Christ is simply the name of ... More


The Science of the Resurrection

François Laruelle

in Christo-Fiction: The Ruins of Athens and Jerusalem

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231167246
eISBN:
9780231538961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231167246.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter deals with the science of the Resurrection of Christ, with particular emphasis on how it should be imagined and formalized. The Resurrection is the retroactively foundational myth of ... More


The Turning Point: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the Eschatological War between Aryans and Jews

David Redles

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/9780814748923.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines perhaps the most famous case of a “political” or “secular religion”—Nazism. The apocalyptic urgency and the absolute stakes of the Protocols appealed to precisely those Germans ... More


Introduction The Serpent's Gift

in The Serpent's Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226453804
eISBN:
9780226453828
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226453828.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This book is a retelling of sorts of the biblical story of Adam, Eve, and the serpent, this time from the perspective of the snake, or at least at how the author imagines this wisdom figure to be ... More


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