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Serpent's Gift Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion

ISBN-10: 0226453812
ISBN-13: 9780226453811
Edition: 2006
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List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

“Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field.” With those words in Genesis, God condemns the serpent for tempting Adam and Eve, and the serpent has shouldered the blame ever since. But how would the study of religion change if we looked at the Fall from the snake’s point of view? Would he appear as a bringer of wisdom, more generous than the God who wishes to keep his creation ignorant?nbsp; Inspired by the early Gnostics who took that startling view, Jeffrey J. Kripal uses the serpent as a starting point for a groundbreaking reconsideration of religious studies and its methods. In a series of related essays, he moves beyond both rational and faith-based approaches to religion, exploring the erotics of the gospels and the sexualities of Jesus, John, and Mary Magdalene. He considers Feuerbach’s Gnosticism, the untapped mystical potential of comparative religion, and even the modern mythology of the X-Men.nbsp; Ultimately, The Serpent’s Gift is a provocative call for a complete reorientation of religious studies, aimed at a larger understanding of the world, the self, and the divine.

William Echard is Assistant Professor in the Department of Music and Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture at Carleton University. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

preface:Digging Up My Library
introduction:The Serpent’s Gift Faith, Reason, and Gnosis
The Premodern, the Modern, and the Postmodern Toward a Gnostic (Post)Modernity Medi(t)ations Writing as Hissing
Autobiographical and Pedagogical Contexts The Essays
The Apocryphon of the Beloved Invocation
The Quest for the Heretical Jesus “One Will Know
Them by Their Roots” From the Womb . . . Sexual Healings: Dispelling the Demons of Abuse Sexual Teachings
The Man Jesus Loved The Woman Jesus Loved The Secret
Restoring the Adam of Light
The Adam of Light Awakened by Her
The Fiery Brook The Sacrilegious Secret of Christian Theology Implications of the Method
The Historical and Intellectual Contexts “Man Is God to Man”
The Virtues of Pluralism and Polytheism Completing the Incarnation of Love (and Sex): Embodiment in Feedback’s Thought The Sexuality of Numbers The Cancer and the Cure Toward a Mystical Humanism: A Gnostic Rereading
Comparative Mystics
The Rebuke of the Gnostic and the Oriental Renaissance Comparative Mystics Ramakrishna: Colonialism, Universalism, Mysticism Doctrinal and Historical-Critical
Analysis Ramakrishna and the Comparativist
The Critical Study of Religion as a Modern Mystical Tradition
The Scandal of Comparison Professional Heresy: The Gnostic Study of Religion interlude:Logoi Mystikoi; or, How to Think like a Gnostic
Mutant Marvels Educational and Sexual Allegory
On Puberty and Powers Denying the Demiurge Toward a More Radical Empiricism Dissociation and the Release of Nonordinary Energies
On Death as Dissociation Real X-Men On X-clusions and X-ceptions Political Allegory; or, How (Not) to Be an X-Man conclusion:Return to the Garden
The Other Tree The Forbidden Fruit “When
He Becomes Troubled, He Will Be Astonished”
The Flaming Sword and the Bridal Chamber notes
The Fruit of the Tree; or, My Gnostic Library before
I Have to Bury It (Again)

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