Serpent's Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion (Hardback)
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Serpent's Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion (Hardback)

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Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 04/09/2007
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226453804
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 444 g
Dimensions: 237 x 158 x 19 mm


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"In "The Serpent's Gift," Jeffrey Kripal provocatively advances a practice he names 'academic gnosticism.' Through such a method, he seeks to move beyond some of the obstinate binaries that have preoccupied, and sometimes thwarted, scholars of religion. This lively, accessible, and delightfully transgressive book also explores how the academic study of religion itself is implicated in, indeed emerges out of, some of the heretical subject matters it tries objectively to understand. In making conscious a culturally repressed, religious unconscious by means of his 'mystical humanism, ' Kripal has once again succeeded in getting students of religion to think about (and with) old things in new and daring ways."--Jeremy Zwelling, Wesleyan University

"In "The Serpent's Gift", Jeffrey Kripal provocatively advances a practice he names 'academic gnosticism.' Through such a method, he seeks to move beyond some of the obstinate binaries that have preoccupied, and sometimes thwarted, scholars of religion. This lively, accessible, and delightfully transgressive book also explores how the academic study of religion itself is implicated in, indeed emerges out of, some of the heretical subject matters it tries objectively to understand. In making conscious a culturally repressed, religious unconscious by means of his 'mystical humanism,' Kripal has once again succeeded in getting students of religion to think about (and with) old things in new and daring ways."--Jeremy Zwelling, Wesleyan University

"A trickster-guide, Jeffrey Kripal lures his readers through mirrored doors and ironic tunnels into the inner chambers of the study of religion. There he conducts a disconcerting initiation. The mysteries of his religious studies are an antidote to the imperial certainty, the bombastic piety, of too much religion. This shimmering serpent gives with its fangs."--Mark D. Jordan, Asa Griggs Candler Professor, Emory University


"In "The Serpent's Gift", Jeffrey Kripal provocatively advances a practice he names 'academic gnosticism.' Through such a method, he seeks to move beyond some of the obstinate binaries that have preoccupied, and sometimes thwarted, scholars of religion. This lively, accessible, and delightfully transgressive book also explores how the academic study of religion itself is implicated in, indeed emerges out of, some of the heretical subject matters it tries objectively to understand. In making conscious a culturally repressed, religious unconscious by means of his 'mystical humanism, ' Kripal has once again succeeded in getting students of religion to think about (and with) old things in new and daring ways."--Jeremy Zwelling, Wesleyan University


"A trickster-guide, Jeffrey Kripal lures his readers through mirrored doors and ironic tunnels into the inner chambers of the study of religion. There he conducts a disconcerting initiation. The mysteries of his religious studies are an antidote to the imperial certainty, the bombastic piety, of too much religion. This shimmering serpent gives with its fangs."--Mark D. Jordan, Asa Griggs Candler Professor, Emory University






In "The Serpent s Gift," Jeffrey Kripal provocatively advances a practice he names academic gnosticism. Through such a method, he seeks to move beyond some of the obstinate binaries that have preoccupied, and sometimes thwarted, scholars of religion.This lively, accessible, and delightfully transgressive book also explores how the academic study of religion itself is implicated in, indeed emerges out of, some of the heretical subject matters it tries objectively to understand.In making conscious a culturally repressed, religious unconscious by means of his mystical humanism, Kripal has once again succeeded in getting students of religion to think about (and with) old things in new and daring ways. --Jeremy Zwelling, Wesleyan University
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A trickster-guide, Jeffrey Kripal lures his readers through mirrored doors and ironic tunnels into the inner chambers of the study of religion.There he conducts a disconcerting initiation.The mysteries of his religious studies are an antidote to the imperial certainty, the bombastic piety, of too much religion.This shimmering serpent gives with its fangs. --Mark D. Jordan, Asa Griggs Candler Professor, Emory University
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