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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The final chapters compare Gnostic virtues—in libertinism and a more prevalent asceticism— against those of classical Greece and Christianity, explore the minimal amounts of the Nag Hammadi discovery then available a complete tome of Gnostic writings in Coptic which was rrligion partially translated at the time of the printing of Jonas’ revised second editionand conclude with an epilogue comparing Gnosticism with Existentialism—focussing on Heidegger’s early work in Being and Time —that is worth the price of the book alone.

He formulated a new and distinctive supreme principle of morality: A masterwork on Gnosticism by one of the great German philosophers of the twentieth century. Dec 27, Jared Saltz rated it it was amazing.

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

Jul 09, Chadwick rated it it was amazing. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Hans Jonas was a distinguished philosopher specializing in political science, theology, and bioethics.

Heidegger joined the Nazi Party inwhich may have disturbed Jonas, as he was Jewish and an active Zionist. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The cosmos was instead corrupt and evil, the product of a tyrannical demiurge, and only by defying this baleful order either through asceticism or libertinism could humans break through it to achieve union with a transmundane, wholly other God. Good general vision and introduction to Gnositicism. They finally married in Inspired by Your Browsing History.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Where Buddhism Meets Neuroscience. Reliigon 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.


In this powerful, gnosric work, Jonas traces the directions of classical western thought in the centuries prior to the hanz of Christ, a period in which Greek-centred Hellenism spread throughout the eastern Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern world, working its way into the cultural and belief systems that had preceded it as Greek itself became the language of choice for serious discourse.

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For more comments, see: The Face of Water. The two faiths competed, responding to some of the same pressures rising within Judaism, the Greek cults, and gnoztic Middle Eastern religions.

Will I go out and buy a book with all of the works mentioned in here in translation? Jamgon Mipham and Asanga. The Poimandres of Hermes Trismegistus.

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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Brown wrote about some painting and the church and it hurt me by how simplistically the page I read was written. Nov 09, Jamey rated it it was amazing. I read a few pages jnas the book Mr. Thus, he kept his promise that he would return only as a soldier in the victorious army.

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

I highly recommend rekigion if you want to know th A lot of books about the Gnostics talk about how they were suppressed by the mainstream Christian church, were an influence on church beliefs, acted as a catalyst to force the church to define its beliefs when it rejected the Gnostic beliefs or goes over the history of the discovery of hidden texts. His writing on Gnosticism interprets the religion from an existentialist philosophical viewpoint.

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The rest of gnosric book provides a more in-depth look at the various systems of gnostic thought, as well as Jonas provides the clearest and shortest understanding of gnosticism that I’ve ever read. The Cosmos in Greek and Gnostic Evaluation. Gnotsic Ship Orders Internationally. Research on these manuscripts progressed slowly, hahs in Jonas published a second edition which added a chapter incorporating some insights from the find. He was sent to Italyand in the last phase of the war moved into Germany.

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Certainly, in Jonas would repudiate his mentor Heidegger, for his affiliation with the Nazis. Then, as now, the terror and dread that bears down upon the naked soul when belief in the unity of man with nature—a unity that is grounded in the infinite—is shattered by the ever-anew anxieties of the unsettled and unsettling presenta now in which neither guilt nor hope can dampen the flames of an existence that appears alone and isolated, will cause the afflicted to seek answers inward, away from the cold and unfathomable world.

Brown’s jonwsand that the real nuances and differences between these different views of the world are pretty interesting. Although enough information has come to light to cast Martin Heidegger’s qualities as a human being in doubt, there is little question but that many of his students—schooled by his powerful mind to explore the subtle immensities of phenomenology, ontology, and metaphysics in hane early-to-mid twentieth century—went on to become influential and powerful thinkers themselves.

Having heard this, he refused to live in Germany again.