11912Re: What Is Gnosticism? by Karen King
- Feb 7, 2006Hello pmcvflag
On 02/08/06, you wrote:
> Hey 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
> the forum.
Karen King was one of my son's Professors at Occidental College. She
was fascinated at meeting a 2nd generation neo-gnostic. He got a lot
out of her classes.
Mike Leavitt ac998_@_lafn._org remove -'s
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