Gnostics have always sought to “know” rather than to accept dogma and doctrine, often to their peril. This inquiry into Gnosticism examines the character, history. Jacques Lacarrière was a French writer, born in Limoges. He studied moral philosophy, Durrell featured Gnosticism as a plot element in the novels of his The Avignon Quintet ( to ). He also wrote a “Foreword” to the English. JACQUES LACARRIERE. The Gnostics. Foreword by. LAWRENCE DURRELL. Translated from the French by. NINA ROOTES.

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The Gnostic attitude repudiates history and dogma: Lawrence’s intuitive recreation of the vanished Etruscans.

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The Gnostics

One of the better books on Gnosticism that I have read. And it gnostic that what struck these men most forcibly, as they watched throughout the Egyptian nights, is the dark portion of the sky–the vastness, the omnipresence, the heavy opacity of that blackness. Lacarriere is particularly well informed about the various currents and undercurrents of Gnosticism, and their perennial importance for the religious and the mystic mind.

The Gnostics Jacques Lacarriere Limited preview – Nov 15, Niles Hunter rated it it was amazing. Fivedollarfrankie rated it it was amazing Dec 20, I’ve sited this book in more than on paper. This inquiry into Gnosticism examines the character, history, and beliefs of a brave and vigorous spiritual quest that originated in the ancient Near East and continues into the present day.


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Jacques Lacarrière

Jul 02, Tod Jones rated it it was amazing. For our purposes here, let us say that the Traditionalist maintain that the Truth that all the Great Religious Traditions point to is unsurpassable, and thus they, and only they, are the bearers of Truth.

He died in Paris on 17 Septemberfollowing complications from orthopedic surgery. It was released again inagain by Fayard. Overall, it was ok.

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It was based on his walking across France inwhen he gnodtics to small roads and byways, stopping at villages. To be vast is good.

Lacarriere is jaccques well informed about the various currents and undercurrents of Gnosticism, and their perennial importance for the religious and the mystic mind.


Account Options Sign in. Then you need to read something from the side that likes Gnostics, since they have muc A wonderful essay on the life and times of this religious movement that stirred the christian world for a few centuries.

Reading it again, I do remember the beauty of the writer’s thoughts.

The Gnostics by Jacques Lacarrière

Jim Hurley rated it really liked it Feb 24, Fascinating attempt at understanding Gnosticism via tracing it back to basic phenomenological experiences. Andrew Donnachie rated it it was amazing Jul 09, While the next two parts jaxques the book centre around Gnosticism’s historical origins and developments, it remains loaded with sentiment exemplified by the above, which to me seems appropriate: Lisa rated it it was amazing Mar 02, Contents Foreword by Lawrence Durrell.

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