The Gnostic Viewpoint:
Essays on Modern Gnosticism
Collected here are are a series of essays discussing Gnosis and Gnosticism
from a modern perspective. Most of these originally appeared in
Gnosis: A Journal of Western Inner Experience.
We find the term "Gnostic" increasingly used in our modern age.
But what does it mean? What is Gnostic, and do they still exist?
Valentinus ranks as the most important of classical Gnostic teachers.
Several of the texts discovered at Nag Hammadi, including the Gospel of
Philip and the Gospel of Truth, are attributed to Valentinian
Gnosticism. Who was Valentinus, and what was his perspective on
After two-thousand years, the central mystery of Christian ritual
remains the Eucharist. But how are modern individuals to understand
this ancient legacy?
An examinating of the occult tradition of "the secret
master". Is there a secret brotherhood of masters who direct the
spiritual progress of humankind?
The Hermetic tradition is often associated with Gnosticism. In this
essay the interrelationships of Hermetic history and Gnostic tradition are
A short history of the apostolic succession and the bishops that have
carried this precious legacy of Christianity into modern esoteric and
C. G. Jung was instrumental in awakening a modern understanding of the
occult psychological and and spiritual foundations of Alchemy. In
this essay, Dr. Hoeller briefly reviews the seminal work of Jung on
What is the role of the Feminine within the God-image, and how might we
orient our understand of "the Goddess" within a Gnostic perspective?
The question unde malum -- from whence cometh evil -- is an
age-old concern of religion and of all humankind. Here we examine the
view Gnosticism offers in answer to this troubling question.
The PBS television special "Genesis: A Living Conversation", hosted by
Bill Moyers, directed wide attention to the many interpretations of the
Book of Genesis. One of the vital readings of Genesis -- the Gnostic
reading -- was, however, completely ignored. Explore here the balancing
Gnostic perspective on Genesis.