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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The writer had met English author Lawrence Durrell inwho had been studying some Gnostic texts since the early s. An impossible undertaking which was done reasonably well.

It is beautifully written. 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 rescuing their complex gjostics from being that as simply ‘world hating’.

If I were to teach a class on gnosticism, this would definitely be on my required reading list.

Lawrence’s intuitive recreation of the vanished Etruscans. Books to read when you are awoken in the early morning, or when you are forced to have to get up. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. And he maintains that this is in some ways comparable to our contemporary alienation under capitalism. Open Preview See a Problem? Virginia Anness rated it liked it Dec 03, What emotions does the sight ghostics the sky inspire in us, if gnostivs praise, enthusiasm, and admiration?

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But to possess them by the million, to teem with stars which are so many eyes trained upon the world each night as if tracking our dreams, is to wield excessive power, to display a kacques suspect splendour. This inquiry into Gnosticism examines the character, history, and beliefs of a brave and vigorous spiritual quest that originated in the ancient Near East and continues into the present day.

May 24, Seth rated it it was amazing. Reading it again, I do remember the beauty of the writer’s thoughts. Lacarriere is particularly well informed about the various currents and undercurrents of Gnosticism, and their perennial importance for the religious and gnostjcs mystic mind. It was released again inagain by Fayard. To gnostic other readers questions about The Gnosticsplease sign up.

It hangs over use like a veil, a wall of shadow encircling the earth, a tenebrous dome through which appear, here and there, through chinks, faults and gaps, the glittering fires of another world. Lacarrierf Donnachie rated it it was amazing Jul 09, Jacuqes doubt this question will seem absurd, or at least premature, in the age of the Gnostics.

I was mesmerized by the topic: Jun 05, Ben rated it really liked it. The fourth and final part discusses Gnosticism in and for the contemporary age. His body was cremated gonstics his ashes scattered in Greecein the waters off the island of Spetses. Then you need to read something from the side that likes Gnostics, since they have muc A wonderful essay on the life and times of this religious movement that stirred the christian world for a few centuries.

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Jacques Lacarrière – Wikipedia

Professionally, he was known as a prominent critic, journalist, and essayist. The argument with this is or so I take Lacarriere to mean that given the radical evil of the World according to the Gnosticswe can expect no help from past religions that all spoke to a very different time. Mike Vittner rated it really liked it Sep 06, The Bodys Bastard Birth.

Return to Book Page. Thus, the Gnostics searched the splendours and the terrors of the sky to find an answer to our own duality.

Since man, in their view, is a fragment of the universe, and since the body of the one and the space of the other proceed from a simple material, both must obey the same laws.

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Want to Read saving…. Lacarriere has heavyweight fans like Lawrence Durrell and Marguerite Of interest to ethnographers and ecologists is his Chemin faisant: Retrieved from ” https: Jim Hurley rated it really liked it Feb 24, City Lights Pocket Poets.

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