Gnostics have always sought to “know” rather than to accept dogma and doctrine, often to their peril. This inquiry into Gnosticism examines the character, history. Jacques Lacarrière was a French writer, born in Limoges. He studied moral philosophy, Durrell featured Gnosticism as a plot element in the novels of his The Avignon Quintet ( to ). He also wrote a “Foreword” to the English. JACQUES LACARRIERE. The Gnostics. Foreword by. LAWRENCE DURRELL. Translated from the French by. NINA ROOTES.

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Trivia About The Gnostics. The Gnostic attitude repudiates history and dogma: Modernity has changed the way people live as much as the Agriculture Revolution alongside the rise of Empire once did.

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To ask other readers questions about The Gnosticsplease sign up. It is beautifully written. Foreword by Lawrence Durrell. He is less squeamish about tackling the Gnostics often bizarre ritualistic practices as they come down to us through their Christian opponentsand he makes a decent case in lacarrisre their complex ideology from being that as simply ‘world hating’.

Our author argues that this ‘cult of the past’ “can only distract Man from his true quest: City Lights Pocket Poets. The Highroads of Samaria. City Lights Open Media. Andy rated it really liked it Gnoztics 06, Of interest to ethnographers and ecologists is his Chemin faisant: The Bodys Bastard Birth. Never was there asked a more pertinent question and never were the stars scanned so earnestly.


Reading it again, I do remember the beauty of the writer’s thoughts. Account Options Sign in.

And our author goes about this in a manner that is very convincing. Nov 15, Niles Hunter rated it it was amazing. To possess planets and stars is an incontestable triumph. San Francisco Poet Laureates. Fascinating attempt at understanding Gnosticism via tracing it back to basic phenomenological experiences.

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Upped to 5 stars after a second reading. Vasilis rated it really liked it Jun 10, The first part is correspondingly a Gnostic meditation on ‘The Work Upped to 5 stars after a second reading. Want to Read saving…. Contents Foreword by Lawrence Durrell. All our existence, all our ladarriere as thinking hominids are vitally implicated in this simple question.

Some of them are presented something as poets of religious doctrines rather than religious leaders. How fitting then that this book attempts first and foremost to reconstruct and impart glimpses of the inner life of the Gnostics–historical survey is only a secondary concern. If I were to teach a class on gnosticism, this would definitely be on my required reading list.

City Lights Books- Philosophy – pages. The Gnostics Jacques Lacarriere Limited preview – Dec 28, Yannis Theodossis rated it really liked it. This book examines the information available and jacqques to piece together a model we can understand. Fivedollarfrankie rated it it was amazing Dec 20, This book is a lyrical meditation on ancient gnosticism as the ‘betrayal’ of the physical cosmos.


The Gnostics

Is the ‘real’ sky nothing but its light, these winking eyes on lacarriege ocean of night, or is gnosttics at one and the same time that which shines and that which does not, a fire flaming and dark by turns? He studied moral philosophyclassical literatureand Hindu philosophy and literature.

Man is a mirror in which one can discover the reduced and condensed image of the sky, a living universe carrying within him, in gnotsics body and in his psyche, fires and gnsotics shores, zones of shadows and of light. The Paths of Gnosticism. The Axial Age Religions arose as a response to this. Is this dark shore, this tenebrous issue, this interstitial shadow wherein the stars seem pricked like incandescent pores, constituted of matter or of space?

Christopher Kelly rated it really liked it Sep 07, And it seems that what struck these men most forcibly, as they watched throughout the Egyptian nights, is the dark portion of the sky–the vastness, the omnipresence, the heavy opacity of that blackness. Lawrence’s intuitive recreation of the vanished Etruscans. An impossible undertaking which was done reasonably well.