Login via Institution. Essays in Honor of Birger A. Ritual, magic, liturgy, and theurgy were central features of Gnosticism, and yet Gnostic practices remain understudied. This anthology is meant to fill in this gap and address more fully what the ancient Gnostics were doing.
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Login via Institution. Essays in Honor of Birger A. Ritual, magic, liturgy, and theurgy were central features of Gnosticism, and yet Gnostic practices remain understudied.
This anthology is meant to fill in this gap and address more fully what the ancient Gnostics were doing. While previously we have studied the Gnostics as intellectuals in pursuit of metaphysical knowledge, the essays in this book attempt to understand the Gnostics as ecstatics striving after religious experience, as prophets seeking revelation, as mystics questing after the ultimate God, as healers attempting to care for the sick and diseased.
These essays demonstrate that the Gnostics were not necessarily trendy intellectuals seeking epistomological certainities. They were after religious experiences that relied on practices.
The book is organized comparatively in a history-of-religions approach with sections devoted to Initiatory, Recurrent, Therapeutic, Ecstatic, and Philosophic Practices. This book celebrates the brilliant career of Birger A. E-Book PDF. Prices from excl. VAT :. View PDF Flyer.
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By: Kevin Corrigan. Biographical Note April D. DeConick , Ph. Gregory Shaw , Ph. He is an expert on religions in antiquity and Neoplatonism. John D. Turner , Ph. Mach University Professor of Classics and History. He has published extensively in Sethianism, Gnosticism and later Platonism. April D. Pearson George W. All interested in Gnosticism, religions in antiquity, Neoplatonism, and Jewish mysticism.
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For instance: Iamblichus was a great theurgist. He knew how to invoke the planetary Gods in order to converse with them. Theurgy is divine. The Internal God of every human being is, indeed, the legitimate and authentic theurgist.
Theurgy means "divine-working". In late Neoplatonism, the spiritual Universe is regarded as a series of emanations from the One. Neoplatonists insisted that the One is absolutely transcendent and in the emanations nothing of the higher was lost or transmitted to the lower, which remained unchanged by the lower emanations. Although the Neoplatonists are considered polytheists , they embraced a form of monism. For Plotinus , and Iamblichus' teachers Anatolius and Porphyry , the emanations are as follows:. Plotinus urged contemplations for those who wished to perform theurgy, the goal of which was to reunite with the Divine called henosis. Therefore, his school resembles a school of meditation or contemplation.