Eric Voegelin was a German-born American political philosopher. . In his The New Science of Politics, Order and History, and Science, Politics and Gnosticism, Voegelin opposed what he. Eric Voegelin, Science, Politics, and Gnosticism. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, . xxiii+ pp. $ ISBN (pbk). The republication of this. Science, Politics, and Gnosticism has ratings and 16 reviews. Szplug said: Very insightful, without being particularly helpful if one does not hold a.

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Ten years ago I picked up this teeny book as part of my background reading for my doctoral thesis. It was a stretch to read then, but I politkcs Voegelin was on to something. Now, ten years later, in the midst of a hot presidential campaign season, with loads of climactic social changes erupting in the country, and racial tensions flaring, I picked it up again and read it with a better appreciation for what the gnosticims was communicating.


This page paperback is a densely argued, heady work that revolves around two major essays penned by the author in Voegelin is convinced, and seeks to convince the reader, that these modern politiccs movements are, at the end of the day, Gnostic.

The major premise is that these movements are following the trajectory of the lust for power.

And it is believed that by crafting our brave, new world, the alienation will be, at long last, assuaged. To reach for this salvation, reality givenness of being, etc must be destroyed: The murdering of God then opens existence up to the gnostic re-creation of the order voeeglin being The disposing of the transcendent now makes the order of being only immanent — that which is here-and-now is all there is.

Man cannot transform himself into superman: Historically, the murder of God is not followed by the superman, but by the murder of man: In this era of renewed and heightened societal re- scripting of the nature of decency, marriage, the common good, Christianity, justice, and whatever else in the name of progress, is — according to Voegelin — a rejection of the givenness of being, a denial of the nature of our embodied existence, etc.


The goal of this rejection and denial is to grasp for the reins and redesign reality for the purpose of concocting our own salvation, a social salvation. But in the end it will sciencr intensify the alienation, and bring death. I warmly endorse this work! Remember me on this computer.

Science, Politics and Gnosticism

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