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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 Johannine Corpus in the Early Church

Charles E. Hill

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199264582
eISBN:
9780191602085
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199264589.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Traditionally associated with John the apostle (the Gospel of John, the three Letters of John and the Revelation of John) make up a major portion of the Christian New Testament and have had an ... 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 Making of a Consensus

Charles E. Hill

in The Johannine Corpus in the Early Church

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199264582
eISBN:
9780191602085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199264589.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Details how the consensus position on orthodox Johannophobia evolved and gained its hegemony in the academy. Beginning with views promulgated by the German scholar Walter Bauer in 1934 in his highly ... 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


Misprision: Pitfalls in Teaching Jung in a University Religious Studies Department

David L. Miller

in Teaching Jung

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199735426
eISBN:
9780199914524
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735426.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter reflects on forty years of experience of teaching Jung in a religious studies department. It discusses five major pedagogical pitfalls that can emerge when teaching Jung: a temptation to ... 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


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."


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


Clement of Alexandria

ALAN SCOTT

in Origen and the Life of the Stars: A History of an Idea

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263616
eISBN:
9780191682612
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263616.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter examines the views of Clement of Alexandria, who had a similar theological approach to Origen. Clement was an uncompromising opponent of the Hellenistic religion of the heavens, ... More


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


Encountering Eve's Afterlives: A New Reception Critical Approach to Genesis 2-4

Holly Morse

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780198842576
eISBN:
9780191878527
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198842576.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Encountering Eve’s Afterlives: A New Reception Critical Approach to Genesis 2-4 aims to destabilise the persistently pessimistic framing of Eve as a highly negative symbol of femininity within ... 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


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


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