Against the Protestant Gnostics

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Oxford University Press, 19 de ago. de 1993 - 368 páginas
In this penetrating and provocative assessment of the current state of religion and its effects on society at large, Philip J. Lee criticizes conservatives and liberals alike as he traces gnostic motifs to the very roots of American Protestantism. With references to an extraordinary spectrum of writings from sources as diverse as John Calvin, Martin Buber, Tom Wolfe, Margaret Atwood, and Emily Dickinson, he probes the effects of gnostic thinking on a wide range of issues. Calling for the restoration of a dialectical faith and practice, the book points to positive ways of restoring health to endangered Protestant churches.

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Lee divides his book into three sections: "Gnosticism in Conflict with the Faith,'' " Gnosticism in Ascendance in North America,'' and "Results and Reform.'' He first offers an analysis of the ... Ler resenha completa

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GNOSTICISM IN ASCENDANCE IN NORTH AMERICA
81
GNOSTICISM ESTABLISHED WITHIN NORTH AMERICAN PROTESTANTISM RESULTS AND REFORM
187
Epilogue
282
Notes
284
Bibliography
325
Index
337
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