A Crisis of Faith ( The battle of beliefs between the Christian Church and Gnosticism).

Religious history in the Western world has been dominated by the power and doctrinal discipline of the Catholic Church But, argues Tony Sunderland in his new book, we are not solely products of this tradition, nor of that of its Protestant challengers Lost in the footnotes of history is the story of the Church s fascinating heretical counterpart, Gnosticism.The GnosticsReligious history in the Western world has been dominated by the power and doctrinal discipline of the Catholic Church But, argues Tony Sunderland in his new book, we are not solely products of this tradition, nor of that of its Protestant challengers Lost in the footnotes of history is the story of the Church s fascinating heretical counterpart, Gnosticism.The Gnostics were brutally persecuted and their ideas were suppressed But their teachings were powerful enough to linger on in the collective unconscious of succeeding generations and to re emerge in the most unexpected places From symbols on the American one dollar bill to the ideals of the 1960s counterculture, from heavy metal music to twenty first century technological innovations, various facets of Gnostic thought continue to offer us a way to interpret the meaning of our lives As Sunderland traces the battle between the orthodox and heretical traditions of Christianity, his thorough research and ability to make counterintuitive connections reveal to us a struggle that continues to rage beneath the surface of contemporary life.
A Crisis of Faith The battle of beliefs between the Christian Church and Gnosticism Religious history in the Western world has been dominated by the power and doctrinal discipline of the Catholic Church But argues Tony Sunderland in his new book we are not solely products of this t

  • Title: A Crisis of Faith ( The battle of beliefs between the Christian Church and Gnosticism).
  • Author: Tony Sunderland
  • ISBN: 9781925590487
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “A Crisis of Faith ( The battle of beliefs between the Christian Church and Gnosticism).”

    1. I get the impression that it’s mostly non-Christians who read stuff about the origins of Christianity and the Gnostic texts; which is a bit odd really, because if you want to know more about your beloved Christ, reading the gospels of Judas and Mary etc. will give you a much better idea of what Jesus’ teachings actually were. It’s like saying you’re a massive fan of the Rolling Stones, but you’ve only ever listened to the Greatest Hits and have never heard albums like Sticky Fingers. B [...]

    2. An enlightening read.This is one of the clearest summaries of the Gnostic faiths throughout history. I like how Sunderland shows the reader in simple terms how the Gnostic traditions contrast with what the organised religion of Christianity eventually became (even though it appears Christianity derives at least in part from Gnosticism).I must admit the book raises more questions rather than answering everything, but that is the most honest approach given this part of history is still such a grea [...]

    3. I enjoyed this book. The author has many focuses in common with myself. Christianity doesn't quite loom so large in my mental landscape as the author but I ruminate quite often on the topics the author describes and I enjoyed his tour of the tension between the orthodox and the esoteric in Christianity and its historical development. I may quibble with a point here or there but I enjoyed the perspective. If you are looking for a reliable summary of Christian esoterica without necessarily drinkin [...]

    4. This was an interesting read about the history of the Christian Church and Gnosticism, which was considered heretical at certain points of history. I have read several books on Christian Gnosticism and this is the first one that brought it into the present with the chapters on modern existentialism and technology. I won a copy of this book from the author as part of the Giveaways program.

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