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GNOSTICISM & GNOSIS – An Introduction by R.A. Gilbert

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In Gnosticism and Gnosis R.A. Gilbert provides a clear, concise and objective overview of the phenomenon of Gnosticism, tracing its origins in Egypt and the Middle East; setting out the variety of its forms and beliefs from surviving gnostic scriptures; and surveying the complex history of the early gnostic schools during the Roman era and beyond, down to the pervasive presence of gnostic ideas at the present day.

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The Book

Gnosticism’ is the label which draws together a broad spectrum of strange, quasi-Christian belief systems, that arose within and around the early Christian Church and challenged both its orthodoxy and its very existence. The creators of this alternative spirituality were dualists who believed in the absolute distinction of matter and spirit, and taught that the only way in which humanity can be drawn back into the being of the one, true God, is through the revelation of a special saving knowledge: theGnosis. But their challenge to the Christian faith failed and the gnostics faded away. Or did they?

In Gnosticism and Gnosis R.A. Gilbert provides a clear, concise and objective overview of the phenomenon of Gnosticism, tracing its origins in Egypt and the Middle East; setting out the variety of its forms and beliefs from surviving gnostic scriptures; and surveying the complex history of the early gnostic schools during the Roman era and beyond, down to the pervasive presence of gnostic ideas at the present day.

Author

Dr. Robert A. Gilbert is a writer and retired antiquarian bookseller. He has written and lectured widely on Western esotericism and Christian spirituality, and is currently the editor of The Christian Parapsychologist. Among his many books are Elements of Mysticism (1991) and The Treasure of Montsegur (1987, with Walter N. Birks). He is also the editor of Knowledge of the Heart: Gnostic Movements and Secret Tradition: Transactions of the Eighth International Canonbury Conference (2008). Dr. Gilbert was born and educated in Bristol, and read Philosophy & Psychology at the University of Bristol.  Now retired, he lives with his family in North Somerset.

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