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This volume introduces what has sometimes been called "the third component of western culture". It traces the historical development of those religious traditions which have rejected a world view based on the primacy of pure rationality or doctrinal faith, emphasizing instead the importance of inner enlightenment or gnosis: a revelatory experience which was typically believed to entail an encounter with one's true self as well as with the ground of being, God.<P>The contributors to this book demonstrate this perspective as fundamental to a variety of interconnected traditions. In Antiquity, one finds the gnostics and hermetics; in the Middle Ages several Christian sects. The medieval Cathars can, to a certain extent, be considered part of the same tradition. Starting with the Italian humanist Renaissance, hermetic philosophy became of central importance to a new religious synthesis that can be referred to as Western Esotericism. The development of this tradition is described from Renaissance hermeticists and practitioners of spiritual alchemy to the emergence of Rosicrucianism and Christian theosophy in the seventeenth century, and from post-enlightenment aspects of Romanticism and occultism to the present-day New Age movement.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780791436127
Editor:
Van Den Broek, Roelof
Editor:
Hanegraaff, Wouter J.
Preface by:
Van Den Broek, Roelof
Preface:
Van Den Broek, Roelof
Editor:
Van Den Broek, Roelof
Editor:
Hanegraaff, Wouter J.
Author:
Van Den Broek, Roelof
Preface:
Van Den Broek, Roelof
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Location:
Albany :
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
History
Subject:
Gnosticism
Subject:
Hermetism
Subject:
Hermetism -- History.
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Series:
Suny Series, Western Esoteric Traditions
Publication Date:
19971231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
402
Dimensions:
8.98x5.84x1.07 in. 1.24 lbs.

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