Against the Protestant Gnostics
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Against the Protestant Gnostics

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Gnosticism is a term covering a group of heresies that for a time had great influence within the early church, including: belief in the existence of a hidden or secret revelation available only to the initiated; rejection of the physical world as evil or impure; and stress on the radical individuality of the spiritual self. In this book Philip Lee finds parallels between gnosticism and belief and practice in contemporary North American Proestantism. Sharply attacking conservatives and liberals alike, Lee spares no one in this penetrating and provocative assessment of the current stage of religion and its effects on values and society at large. The book concludes with a call for a return to orthodoxy and a series of prescriptions for reform. Lee will add a short preface for this paperback edition.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 152.4 x 220.98 x 30.48mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195084365
  • 9780195084368
  • 712,807

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`Lee deserves all praise for seeing clearly what is indeed there to be seen, though concealed, in the multiple masks of supposed Protestantism.' Harold Bloom in The American Religion `Opposed to the "liberal theology", that ... gives people only "minor, vapid" reasons for going to church, Lee asserts the ongoing relevance of the Christian story of man. In doing so, he has made the study of gnosticism crucial to the ongoing debate about the future of American culture.' The Christian Science Monitorshow more

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