Gnostic America (Free E–pub) ☆ Peter M. Burfeind

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Gnostic America

characters Gnostic America Read Gnostic America ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Peter M. Burfeind ¹ 5 Read Enderism to so called contemporary worship from the deconstructionist movement to the role pop music and media have in our culture from progressive politics to the Emergent Church Particularly challenging is Burfeind's claim that both progressivism and Neo evangelicalism seemingly at odds in the culture wars actually share the same Gnostic roots Burfeind's book is a tour de force through contemporary rock pop movies television politic. I actually didn t get to finish this book before it needed to return to the library it came to me on ILL from so you can consider it a review of what I finished between two thirds and three uartersThis book was the best explanation I had yet read or seen about the theology of ancient Gnosticism and I came out with a much fuller understanding of Gnosticism than I had before The rest of the book is tiresome and very much a chore to wade through Only a relatively small proportion is dedicated to Gnostic theology The rest of the book the vast majority is about to what extent Western culture and especially America have been secretly and subtly influenced by Gnostic ideas This creates problems of its own One is strictly personal the issue of my viscerally negative reaction to such an extended discussion of American pop culture Since I can t stand pop culture and don t enjoy discussing it this made the book something to hurry up and finish not to savorThe other problem involves the complex nature of gnosticism than Gnosticism and its influence over the centuries If your initial knowledge of Gnosticism came either from the Bible or from lower level college courses what understanding you received relates to the most generic basic features of classical Gnostic theology matter evil spirit good the Demiurge gnosis knowledge as means of salvation Here is the sole reason I enjoyed any of this book author Peter Burfeind s explication penetrates much much deeper Prepare to find the complex but at the same time recognizable features of Gnostic theology challenging its long chain of intellectual descendants puzzling Puzzling mainly for this reason the geographical and intellectual origin of Gnosticism s antecedents respectively entirely Greek and arising from the philosophy of Plato is very clear but Gnosticism s influence on the future Western culture possibly world culture even is much much harder to track plausiblyThe book s very persistent thorough detailed efforts to pin many American philosophical and sociopolitical trends on gnostic thought are often unconvincing The gnostic influences Burfeind laments don t clearly have much to do with these trends This is partly because gnostic thought s influence over the centuries became very subtle and hidden enough that Christendom probably thought the church had successfully defeated the Gnostic heresy Obviously not this book reveals It was always there in the Middle Ages in various Renaissance thinkers in the eighteenth century English Romantic poets But the closer toward contemporary America Burfeind s analysis creeps the less convincing it becomes Gnostic theology is hardly mentioned any It s no longer a theology but a diffuse nearly un recognizable philosophy it s now gnosticism not Gnosticism and as such the set of ideas has become very difficult to tie to ancient Gnostic theology The connection may indeed be there but it s no longer very meaningful With probably one exception Burfeind does succeed in making some of the mystical artists and songs of the 1960s especially The Doors lyrics and one sociopolitical statement by Jimi Hendrix sound theologically not merely philosophically Gnostic But in the end there s not much that doesn t get confidently ascribed to Gnostic influenceIt doesn t help that Burfeind maintains a snide snarky tone toward these allegedly gnostic influenced pop culture trends Or that the book suffers from very poor editing with many embarrassingly misspelled words appearing at regular intervals

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characters Gnostic America Read Gnostic America ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Peter M. Burfeind ¹ 5 Read S and religion showing how many of the values driving these cultural elements are informed by the ancient esoteric teachings of Gnosticism Burfeind marshals a ton of surprising evidence to make his case taking us through ancient and Medieval history through the Enlightenment and Romantic periods to today Those willing to grapple with the philosophical and spiritual positions of the fathers of contemporary American life will be rewarde. I was just starting to lean toward 4 stars and then I read the concluding chapter This book was in desperate need of a proofreader I am here and willing and I did not really appreciate the tone throughout So I had to stick with 3 because of those thingsThere s a lot of great and interesting information in this book but it could have been presented in a concise and organized way I definitely understand gnosticism and its pervasive influence in society though and I can confidently say that I am not on that side of the idealogical fence

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characters Gnostic America Read Gnostic America ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Peter M. Burfeind ¹ 5 Read Gnostic America is a reading of current American culture politics and religious life according to the ancient movement known as Gnosticism In it Peter M Burfeind builds off the foundations of Hans Jonas Denis de Rougement Norman Cohn William Voegelin Carl Jung and Harold Bloom each of whom saw the effects of Gnosticism in contemporary American and Western life He explores the spiritual mechanisms going on behind everything from transg. Have you noticed we re now a virtual civilization that we re offloading our bodily oddities physical uirks and aches and pains onto the Cloud so we can play undisturbed in happy perpetuity regardless of a dense and increasing plethora of physical obligations and responsibilitiesThat s Gnosticism Mind over matterIf onlyThe Gnostic Heresy has its etymological root in the Greek Word GNOSIS Knowledge And that s how it starts Remember that long ago day when you SAW how the world WORKSAnd it s snookered us It s sucked out all our ordinary joys and happinesses Remember themFor here it refers to the semi Open Secret of Dark Knowledge The author unwisely thought he could mincemeat of his Gnostic targets by REALLY exposing them BAD moveFor Gnostics have very ready means at hand for promptly disposing of such na vet Chogyam Trungpa called it the lubrication of samsaraIt s like when you re at a loud and crazy party and make a foolishly innocent comment Your bad You get plenty of KNOWing looks Yikes These guys are Gnostics Socrates was much subtler He had to be And Old Socrates had his work cut out for him in ancient Athens as any sober thinking person does nowHe was surrounded by sophisticated snobs like our party pals how many of them we wonder were Gnostics and their obliue obtuseness tried to mercilessly assimilate him and his dialectic into their DarknessThey were like giant perverse amoebae engulfing all and sundry in their seemingly innocuous but dark play But he was smarter Way TOO smart as it turned out Poor SocratesSound familiar The Gnostics who outnumber Christians say that ours is in fact a long Odyssey striding many ages in our eternal uest for grace But Christians say death is final That there s no magical loop de loop somewhere out there in the endless reaches of outer and inner space that gives us a much needed second chanceAnd most people my age are forced to agreeLife s ditziness will inevitably be unveiled unmasked in the Hard obdurate pains and stark unconcealment of old age Where I am nowAnd from which unfortunately there can be no return And at that point kids there are only two choices God or nothingnessThe prevailing and widespread currents of fictional gnostic writing will conceal those hard brass tacks when we are kids But not later than thatWhen I was a young adult I remember so clearly trying to delineate the existential facts of life to such gnostic folks as these Didn t work Too many freebee fun n games for those kids And boys will be boysMy pals were impervious to reason And if you tried to discuss matters of life and death with them you d be brushed aside with a knowing leerBut that was years ago And so I resigned myself to my ignominy turned within and as wise Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire advised cultivated my own garden Well like the silent monolith in Kubrick s 2001 my Faith developed and learned to stand on its own two feet With no apologies to or further truck and trade with my Gnostic friendsNow Gnosticism is the oldest cult in the book As I say it s the search for Dark Knowledge Like seeking out gossip And the author s theory is that just like gossip it has damaged us perhaps irreparably That goes without saying And you know the ones it damages most severely are its practitioners So many of them turn into cynical depressed and badly damaged souls with nothing but endless night to look forward to now I look around me now in my old age and thank the Lord for the straight road I have followedThis search for Dark Knowledge is at the centre of Augustine s City of Man The City of God on the other hand is ruled by sheer Grace and Goodness and pure natural spontaneity The spontaneity may wear thin but goodness won tBut could Jonah have mapped the body of the whale from the inside The problem of Gnosticism and it is a real problem is of necessity a vital part of us We are too close to it I think to see life and death better when youngBut we can as Eliot says continually purify our own motives in the Ground of Prayer That works miracles in us though not necessarily in the worldThe fact remains that there are people who use the Dark Knowledge they secretly know to leverage themselves into positions of power over us But that story is as old and as much a part of the human story as Jacob and Esau sIs one side wrongYes but salvation is offered to us ALLAnd with humanity s survival now a very real issue and our own too as we age it s time to overlook our enemies prevarications and look at the common human ground and the Bigger Picture we all shareIf we as Esau cannot heal our inner wounds at our brothers hands we cannot just sit and indefinitely wait for Jacob to make the first move at reconciliation We are all really tarred by the same brushAnd Forgiveness as well as Insight is always a very good first step towards real peace and Grace


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    Summary ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¹ Peter M. Burfeind Peter M. Burfeind ¹ 5 Read Gnostic America (Free E–pub) ☆ Peter M. Burfeind I was just starting to lean toward 4 stars and then I read the concluding chapter This book was in desperate need of a proofreader I am here and willing and I did not really appreciate the tone throughout So I had to stick with 3 because of those thingsThere's a lot of great and interesting information in this book but it could have been presented in a concise and organized way I definitely understand gnosticism and its pervasiv

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    Gnostic America (Free E–pub) ☆ Peter M. Burfeind It's pretty good for pop culture analysis but the statements about the earlier Christian churches especially attitudes towards monastics are straight up wrongI read around half before running out of patience but I know of a

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    characters Gnostic America Peter M. Burfeind ¹ 5 Read Gnostic America (Free E–pub) ☆ Peter M. Burfeind Should Give It 2 StarsBecause of The LieThis panoramic view of American culture via Western history the arts politics and sciences staggered me Most folks will be offended somewhere along the way and with a smattering of self doubt readers will reflect on what and where we are headed in politics culturally and as a country I trust scholastic types will pick apart a smattering or three as that is how they do The material

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