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Hans Jonas. All investigations of detail over the last half century have proved divergent rather than convergent, and leave us with a portrait of Gnosticism in which the absence of a unifying character seems to be the salient feature' - Hans Jonas, Preface, No modern writer that I am aware of has brought life to Gnosticism as Jonas has. While in no way neglecting historical or theological issues, Jonas didn't get bogged down in them: he insisted on revealing the existential import of Gnosticism.

Indeed, at the end of this book he explores the commonalities of ancient Gnosticism and Heidegger's existentialism. What does it mean to feel one is in a cosmos in which God is alien or absent? Jonas provides a broad sweep of the conditions at the time Gnosticism developed at the beginning of the Christian era. His writing is that of a scholar but not targetted only to scholars He writes: ' Gnosticism is actually a product of synceticsm [so] each of these theories can be supported from the sources and none of them is satisfactory alone; but neither is the combination of all of them [supportable] which would make Gnosticism out to mere a mere mosaic of these elements and so miss its autonomous essence.

Jonas would not cage Gnosticism. Instead he asserts 'The gnostic movement - such as we must call it - was a widespread phenomena in the critical centuries indicated, feeding like Christianity on the impulses of a widely prevalent human situation, and therefore erupting in many places, many forms, and many languages.

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The Gnostic Religion: The Message of the Alien God and the Beginnings of Christianity

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Hans Jonas

Heidegger joined the Nazi Party in , which may have disturbed Jonas, as he was Jewish and an active Zionist. Certainly, in Jonas would repudiate his mentor Heidegger, for his affiliation with the Nazis. He left Germany for England in , and from England he moved to Palestine in There he met Lore Weiner , to whom he became betrothed. He was sent to Italy , and in the last phase of the war moved into Germany.

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The Gnostic Religion

Hans Jonas. All investigations of detail over the last half century have proved divergent rather than convergent, and leave us with a portrait of Gnosticism in which the absence of a unifying character seems to be the salient feature' - Hans Jonas, Preface, No modern writer that I am aware of has brought life to Gnosticism as Jonas has. While in no way neglecting historical or theological issues, Jonas didn't get bogged down in them: he insisted on revealing the existential import of Gnosticism.

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The Gnostic Religion, by Hans Jonas

Outdated, but still a good, solid introduction to the travails of the Gnostics of assorted hue. Hans Jonas was a well-known Jewish thinker, an early and influential biomedical ethicist, and an equally early and influential philosopher of technology in the United States and his native Germany. Born in in Monchengladbach, Jonas studied under Martin Heidegger at the University of Freiburg before Hitler came to power and Heidegger became chancellor of the university. He received his doctorate in from the University of Marburg. In he fled Germany and, in , publicly repudiated Heidegger because of his Nazi connections. Jonas taught in Jerusalem and Canada before becoming a professor at the New School for Social Research in New York in , where he was chair of the philosophy department and Johnson Professor of Philosophy from until his retirement in Jonas is best known for his neo-Kantian ethics of responsible caution in the face of the awesome power of modern technologyespecially the power of modern biotechnology, including genetic engineering.

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