11911Re: What Is Gnosticism? by Karen King
- Feb 7, 2006Hey Shoshanna, welcome to the conversation.
Yes, I have read this book. You didn't mention specifically which
books you had read by Dr Pagels, so I don't know the full range of
material that you are familiar with. Most of her popular works
are... well... for a popular audience, but some are academic in
nature as well. Hoeller is writing for a more specific audience, but
still generally not an academic one. What I can tell you about this
book by Dr King is that it is extremely different in function from
the other two authors, in that it is very academic. It is important
in that it expresses something about the history that many people
are not aware of outside the academic community.
I should warn you though, this book is not about the history of
Gnosticism, it is about the history of the category "Gnosticism" and
how it has been used and abused over time by various people who had
agendas with the word.
If you are into a heavy read, there is a LOT of good material in the
book, including the most recent academic deconstruction of old
misunderstandings about what "Gnosticism" is (a continuation of Dr
Williams' work "Rethinking Gnosticism", which also may be a slightly
easier read). If, on the other hand, you would like a boiled down
version I would be happy to write up a quick summery for you here on
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> I've been lurking for a while and wondered if anyone here has read
> above book.
> I have read Pagels, Hoeller etc, and am keen to
> understand the origins of Gnosticism (and Christianity.) My budget
> is tight at the moment, so would this be worth the investment?
> Thanks in advance for any viewpoints
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