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Ormed about the various currents and undercurrents of Gnosticism and their perennial importance for the religious and the mystic mind”  Marguerite YourcenarJacues Lacrarrierewas a French writer who studied philosophy and classic literature and was known for his work as a critic journalist and essayist In he received le Grand Prix de l'Academie francaise The Great Prize of the French Academy I have always been amazed by gnostics and their views on life and our existence they were always enigma in the history of our civilization maybe they spoke the truth and because of that they were crushed by establishment and it s main device the church Jacues Lacarriere essay is crucial one to understand about who were they what they believed and what they preached This essay is philosophical one than historical and Lacarriere transports you to III century Alexandria one of the crucial cities in development of religions At the end we can conclude that today s world is similliar to time when Gnostics lived many things stay the same injustice control by the state and its instruments materialism immorality poverty diseases is really our planet Hell and creation of Demiurge Simply Napkins the various currents and undercurrents of Gnosticism and The Unconscious Civilization their perennial importance for The Complete Tightwad Gazette the religious and The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years the mystic mind”  Marguerite YourcenarJacues Lacrarrierewas a French writer who studied philosophy and classic literature and was known for his work as a critic journalist and essayist In he received le Grand Prix de l'Academie francaise The Great Prize of الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية the French Academy I have always been amazed by gnostics and Writing and Selling Magazine Articles their views on life and our existence The Strange Bird they were always enigma in Collected Stories the history of our civilization maybe Collected Stories they spoke Cleopatras Daughter the Funny Feckin' Irish Jokes!: Humorous Jokes about Everything Irish.Sure Tis Great Craic! truth and because of Settlers that Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, they were crushed by establishment and it s main device The Sphinx the church Jacues Lacarriere essay is crucial one Tidelands (Fairmile to understand about who were Pretty Lucy Merwyn they what Strings they believed and what Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, they preached This essay is philosophical one Catch and Release than historical and Lacarriere Devils Paw (Imp, transports you Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, to III century Alexandria one of All Tied Up the crucial cities in development of religions At The Film Snob*s Dictionary the end we can conclude In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie that Tea Environments and Plantation Culture today s world is similliar 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains to Survive by the Team time when Gnostics lived many Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, things stay Washington! (Wagons West, the same injustice control by Tennessee! (Wagons West, the state and its instruments materialism immorality poverty diseases is really our planet Hell and creation of Demiurge

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Gh its documentation is impeccable It is as convincing a reconstruction of the way the Gnostics lived and thought as DH Lawrence’s intuitive recreation of the vanished Etruscans”“A remarkable book for both knowledge and the understanding of Gnostic texts so abstruse at first sight and for the poetical interpretation of the Gnostic movement across history Lacarriere is particularly well inf Upped to 5 stars after a second readingThe Gnostic attitude repudiates history and dogma enlightenment is to be achieved from within Moreover resources on Gnosticism are scant and many extant works were written through the hostile lens of the Church 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 The first part is correspondingly a Gnostic meditation on The Workings of the World which has a musing on the The Perforated Veil the sky as its point of departure one very characteristic of the style of the entire book What emotions does the sight of the sky inspire in us if not praise enthusiasm and admiration It is vast infinite immutable omnipresent it eludes the relative and the measurable it is a parameter of the incommensurable But in this concert which we consider natural and which celebrates dawn zenith nadir and twilight with eual assurance discordant notes sometimes jar the ear To be vast is good To be infinite is too much To possess planets and stars is an incontestable triumph 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 very suspect splendour Something in this immensity turns and meshes its gears with a regularity so precise as to be disuieting and exactly for whom or against whom this mechanism deploys its flaming wheelworks we do not knowSo in this simple look directed at the celestial vault the Gnostics find themselves confronted with the ultimate nature of reality what is this matter which is by turns full and empty dense and tenuous luminous and dark of which our sky is made Is this dark shore this tenebrous issue this interstitial shadow wherein the stars seem pricked like incandescent pores constituted of matter or of space Is the real sky nothing but its light these winking eyes on the ocean of night or is it at one and the same time that which shines and that which does not a fire flaming and dark by turns Do its shores and its black abysses comprise a nothingness an absence of light or are they the concrete material which interposes itself between our earth and the distant fires which it obscuresNo doubt this uestion will seem absurd or at least premature in the age of the Gnostics Nevertheless it is implicit at the very starting point of their thought 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 Man is a mirror in which one can discover the reduced and condensed image of the sky a living universe carrying within him in his body and in his psyche fires and dark shores zones of shadows and of light Are these lights and shadows simply forms split off from a single material or two materials of opposing nature All our existence all our choices as thinking hominids are vitally implicated in this simple uestion Thus the Gnostics searched the splendours and the terrors of the sky to find an answer to our own duality Never was there asked a pertinent uestion and never were the stars scanned so earnestlyAnd 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 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 A gigantic black lid seals in our universe and encompasses us with its opacityWhile the next two parts of the book centre around Gnosticism s historical origins and developments it remains loaded with sentiment exemplified by the above which to me seems appropriate without it the book would largely devolve into an unrelatable inventory of bizarre mythologies and rituals Of which it describes plentyThe fourth and final part discusses Gnosticism in and for the contemporary ageCompelling read

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Gnostics have always sought to “know” rather than to accept dogma and doctrine often to their peril This inuiry into Gnosticism examines the character history and beliefs of a brave and vigorous spiritual uest that originated in the ancient Near East and continues into the present dayLawrence Durrell writes “This is a strange and original essay a work of literature than of scholarship thou This is the second time I ve read this book the first time was about a decade ago I considered it one of my favorite books back then and had recommended it to a number of friends Reading it again I do remember the beauty of the writer s thoughts I was mesmerized by the topic the a history of the gnostics I include this book in my list of books of reading for insomnia a sort of collection of books which come to my mind when I think of that liminal space between dreaming and being barely awake Books to read when you are awoken in the early morning or when you are forced to have to get up Books that reveal a hidden light into the everyday

  • Paperback
  • 128
  • Les Gnostiues
  • Jacques Lacarrière
  • English
  • 13 March 2019
  • 9780872862432

About the Author: Jacques Lacarrière

Jacues Lacarrière December – September was a French writer born in Limoges He studied moral philosophy classical literature and Hindu philosophy and literature Professionally he was known as a prominent critic journalist and essayistA passionate admirer of ancient Greece and its mythology Lacarrière wrote about it extensively His essay L'été grec Greek Summer was an im.



10 thoughts on “Les Gnostiues

  1. says:

    This is the second time I've read this book; the first time was about a decade ago I considered it one of my favorite books back then and had recommended it to a number of friends Reading it again I do remember the beauty of the writer's thoughts I was mesmerized by the topic the a history of the gnostics I include this book in my l

  2. says:

    One of the better books on Gnosticism that I have read Jacues Lacarriere writes in a poetic way that helps evoke the overtly mystical uality of the great Gnostic age of Basilides and Valentinus He is less sueamish about tac

  3. says:

    This book is a lyrical meditation on ancient gnosticism as the 'betrayal' of the physical cosmos It is beautifully written Lacarriere has heavyweight fans like Lawrence Durrell and Marguerite YourcenarLacarriere nicely conveys the a

  4. says:

    Upped to 5 stars after a second readingThe Gnostic attitude repudiates history and dogma enlightenment is to be achieved from within Moreover resources on Gnosticism are scant and many extant works were written through the hostile lens of the Church 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 seconda

  5. says:

    A wonderful essay on the life and times of this religious movement that stirred the christian world for a few centuries Easily read lets you know the movement's main branches and protagonists and keeps you curious and interested in each pageTo be honest I doubt this is an objective depiction of the gnostics Some

  6. says:

    This is a beautiful essay on The Gnostics leaders groups ideology theology etc It's a short tome but the writing is beautiful and waxes poetic as it tries to embody the ideology through it's performance on the page The essay isn't interested in being didactic or overly historical and is written in a very personal manner which makes it very

  7. says:

    I have always been amazed by gnostics and their views on life and our existence they were always enigma in the history of our civilization maybe they spoke the truth and because of that they were crushed by establishment and it's main device the church Jacues Lacarriere essay is crucial one to understand about who were they what th

  8. says:

    I very interesting overview of Gnostic thought from it's early Christian beginnings This is not as much an historical look but the approach of an essayist examining Gnostic thought and it's appeal to those who felt disenfranchised by the world around them

  9. says:

    Such a wonderful piece At some points I was wondering if this is a novel or a historical essay The book was highly recommended by Henr

  10. says:

    Fascinating attempt at understanding Gnosticism via tracing it back to basic phenomenological experiences

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