Author(s): Peter M. Burfeind
Gnostic America is a studying of present American tradition, politics, and non secular existence in step with the traditional motion referred to as Gnosticism. In it, Peter M Burfeind builds off the principles of Hans Jonas, Denis de Rougement, Norman Cohn, William Voegelin, Carl Jung, and Harold Bloom, each and every of whom noticed the results of Gnosticism in recent American (and Western) existence. He explores the non secular mechanisms occurring at the back of the whole lot from transgenderism to so-called "recent worship," from the deconstructionist motion to the function pop track and media have in our tradition, from modern politics to the Emergent Church. Particularly difficult is Burfeind’s declare that each progressivism and Neo-evangelicalism apparently at odds within the "tradition wars" in fact percentage the similar Gnostic roots. Burfeind’s guide is a excursion de drive via recent rock, pop, motion pictures, tv, politics, and faith appearing how lots of the values riding those cultural components are knowledgeable by way of the traditional esoteric teachings of Gnosticism. Burfeind marshals a ton of unusual proof to make his case, taking us via historical and Medieval historical past, in the course of the Enlightenment and Romantic sessions, to as of late. Those keen to grapple with the philosophical and non secular positions of the fathers of modern American existence will probably be rewarded. Gnostic America is a will have to learn for individuals who sense a brand new "non secular however now not spiritual" faith has arisen in America, however who cannot put their finger on what precisely this faith is. Burfeind commits the sacrilege of defining a faith that says to be "past" definition. More importantly, he poses the query, if the non secular tendencies of modern tradition are certainly a faith, what First Amendment safeguards stay for individuals who have not "developed" with the rising new awareness, however make a selection to stay caught in supposedly retrograde paradigms of idea?