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The Gnostics

Hardback|Jul 2006
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The Gnostics demonstrates the existence and explore the character, theology, liturgy and cultic beliefs and practices of the Gnostic movement. Engaging in the current debates engendered by M.A. Williams' `Rethinking Gnosticism' (1996), Alastair Logan develops the work introduced in his...


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The Gnostics demonstrates the existence and explore the character, theology, liturgy and cultic beliefs and practices of the Gnostic movement. Engaging in the current debates engendered by M.A. Williams' `Rethinking Gnosticism' (1996), Alastair Logan develops the work introduced in his own `Gnostic Truth and Christian Heresy' (1996), continuing his quest to identify the Gnostics as a cult movement originating in the late first century and arising out of Christianity. He does so first by examining the evidence of the early Christian heresiologists in the light of the Nag Hammadui Library of Coptic Texts, to test the reliability of the heresiological accounts and to attempt to establish the character of the Library as in fact the work of the Gnostic cult movement. He then examines the evidence of the pagan critics with a clear knowledge of the movement (Celsus, Plotinus, Porphyry). He explores the Gnostics' own sense of identity against the Catholics, seeks to reconstruct the unique Gnostic rite of initiation from Nag Hammadi and related texts and, finally, argues that the early third century Hypogeum of the Aurelii in Rome, with its remarkable series of paintings (illustrated), represents a cult centre of Gnostics, where they recalled their initiation and theology and buried their dead.
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This book is an attempt to demonstrate the existence and explore the character, theology, liturgy and cultic beliefs and practices of the Gnostic movement. This is a fascinating study into the past to identify the Gnostics as a cult movement originating in the late first century and arising out of Christianity.



Logan explores the Gnostics' own sense of identity against the Catholics, seeks to reconstruct the unique Gnostic rite of initiation from Nag Hammadi and related texts and, finally, argues that the early third certury Hypogeum of the Aurelii in Rome, with its remarkable series of paintings, represents a cult centre of Gnostics, where they recalled their initiation and theology and buried their dead.

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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 271337
  • Product Code 9780567040725
  • ISBN 0567040720
  • EAN 9780567040725
  • Pages 176
  • Department Academic
  • Category Scripture
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher T&t Clark
  • Publication Date Jul 2006
  • Dimensions 254 x 152 x 18mm
  • Weight 0.188kg

Alastair H B Logan

Alastair H. B. Logan is Lecturer in the Department of Theology at the University of Exeter.

  • Introduction; Chapter One The Nag Hammadi Library And The Heresiologists; Chapter Two Celsus, Plotinus And Porphyry And The Gnostics; Chapter Three Gnostics Versus Catholics On Christian Idedtity (1); Authority And Tradition; Chapter Four Gnostics Versus Catholics On Christian Idedtity (2); Initiation And Lifestyle; Chapter Five Gnostics Versus Catholics On Christian Idedtity (3); Belief And Knowledge; Chapter Six Gnostic Initiation Reconsidered; Chapter Seven A Gnostic Cult Centre In Rome? The Hypogeum Of The Aurelii; Appendix Gnostics And Hermetism.

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