Thursday, October 10, 2013

Book Note: Histories of the Hidden God (DeConick and Adamson)

Click to find book on Amazon
Very excited about this new edited volume in the Gnostica Series published by Acumen.  This volume came out of a very special conference that we held here at Rice in April 2010.  At Rice we have a wonderful program we call GEM (Gnosticism, Esotericism, and Mysticism) which is an approach to religious literature and practices that takes seriously the marginalized and forbidden, what I like to call the "edges of religion".  We think it is essential to understand and incorporate the edges of religion into our histories and analyses of religion, rather than focus only on what became over time the center of religious traditions and the authoritative literature.

So the book comes out of the first international GEM conference.  Histories of the Hidden God: Concealment and Revelation in Western Gnostic, Esoteric, and Mystical Traditions, edited by myself and Grant Adamson.

The papers deal with the fact that even though Western religious traditions typically portray God as a humanlike creator, lawgiver, and king, both accessible and actively present in history, there is another concurrent tradition that God hides.  This has led to a tension in the traditions.  It is the Gnostic and the mystic who capitalize on the hidden and hiding God.  It is the sage and the artist who try to make accessible to humans the God who is secreted away.  This book explores the secret God from antiquity to the present day.  The book is organized around three themes: the concealment of the hidden God; the human quest for the hidden God; and revelations of the hidden God.

In this book I have published one of my papers on the Gospel of John and Gnostic origins: "Who is hiding in the Gospel of John?  Reconceptualizing Johannine theology and the roots of Gnosticism."


Unknown said...

Histories of hidden god.. I like the title of your post so much.. Its shows the clear meaning what you have try to tell us... Great job.. Wanna know about instagram and its services try this site dude
get more instagram followers fast

Unknown said...

The origin of all that is or ever will be can only be no thing - nothing - a hidden subject. We can readily know only things. God our nearest of kin necessarily appears to our natural state of knowing (from ego-self, other people and things), as our most distant alian. Only God can reveal Himself which He unconditionally does by the necessary mechanics of relationship that governs human relationship- only raised to the highest level of integrity of human intent.

Unknown said...

Christianity is a sense perceived schema: all have sinned, the righteous God cannot in justice forgive and accept sinful mankind. An acceptable sacrifice must bee offered to free God to forgive and accept sinful mankind, but no man is sinless to offer the sacrifice. Only a sinless divine being could offer the proper sacrifice. This rationalized the Christ myth.

Neil said...

For what it's worth I have discussed one of the chapters in this book, the one by the April DeConick herself, of course, comparing its findings with the studies of another -- at The Devil’s Father and Gnostic Hints In the Gospel of John. An alternative view is raised in one of the ensuing comments.

I look forward to reading the other chapters of this work when the hard copy arrives early next year.