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[Review Essay] A Gnostic Study of Religions

Robertson, David G. (2020). [Review Essay] A Gnostic Study of Religions. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 32(1) pp. 75–88.

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April DeConick’s The Gnostic New Age demonstrates that scholarship of Gnosticism is still entrenched in an Eliadian phenomenological paradigm which essentializes an ahistorical sui generis “Gnosis”. This approach is traceable to the Eranos Circle, particularly Carl G. Jung and Gilles Quispel, and builds certain philosophical and psychoanalytical affinities into an ahistorical religious current. DeConick’ comparison with New Age is tenuous, and misses the important fact that Gnosticism and New Age share specific genealogical antecedents. Interdisciplinary work needs to pay more attention to the theological and colonial implications of categories, or such problematic categories will continue to take root in the gaps between academic specialisms.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1570-0682
Keywords: Gnosticism; New Age; Spirituality; sui generis; phenomenology; Gilles Quispel
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 58868
Depositing User: David Robertson
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2019 13:27
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2020 10:12
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