New Book on ‘Gnostic Countercultures’

The reading of ‘Gnosticism’ as fundamentally associated with a rebel spirituality or counterculture has a long history, and is alive and well in some scholarship on ancient Gnosticism. A new book, edited by April De Conick and Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta and bearing the wonderful title Gnostic Countercultures: Terror and Intrigue, is out from Brill.

Here is the publisher’s blurb:

In Gnostic Countercultures, fourteen scholars investigate countercultural aspects associated with the gnostic which is broadly conceived with reference to the claim to have special knowledge of the divine, which either transcends or transgresses conventional religious knowledge. The papers explore the concept of the gnostic in Western culture from the ancient world to the modern New Age. Contributors trace the emergence, persistence, and disappearance of gnostic religious currents that are perceived to be countercultural, inverted, transgressive and/or subversive in their relationship to conventional religions and their claims to knowledge. The essays represent a selection of the papers delivered at the international congress Gnostic Countercultures: Terror and Intrigue convened at Rice University, March 26-28, 2015. The essays were originally published in Gnosis 1.1-2 (2016) and are available for the first time under separate cover.