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Revival of the Gnostic Heresy


  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Joe E. Morris
      Pages 1-5
  3. Gnosticism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Joe E. Morris
      Pages 9-13
    3. Joe E. Morris
      Pages 15-26
    4. Joe E. Morris
      Pages 27-34
  4. Fundamentalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Joe E. Morris
      Pages 67-77
    3. Joe E. Morris
      Pages 79-88
  5. Gnosticism and Fundamentalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Joe E. Morris
      Pages 91-113
    3. Joe E. Morris
      Pages 125-137
    4. Joe E. Morris
      Pages 139-147
    5. Joe E. Morris
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    6. Joe E. Morris
      Pages 157-169
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 171-240

About this book


In this rigorous and provocative study, Joe E. Morrisargues that the basic tenets and practices of Fundamentalism are those of ancient Christian Gnosticism. Drawing on extensive research andcareful analysis, Morris aligns the two religious phenomena, point by point, tenet by tenet.Along the way, he provides insights into the key hermeneutic of Fundamentalism: inerrancy of Scripture, highlighting the multiple problems with the positions of literal and inerrant interpretation, their impracticality and unfeasibility, and their contradiction with their own conservative doctrine - namely, the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. This groundbreaking book dramatically recasts our understanding of the history of Christianity and gives important context to modern-day religious debates.


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About the authors

JOE E. MORRIS is a psychologist, retired United Methodist Minister and the author of Land Where My Fathers Died.

Bibliographic information


"This is a very well written book with a lively style that engages the reader immediately while still amassing an impressive array of scholarship.Morris moves easily and adroitly between the first centuries of Christian emergence and our own more familiar world. Along the way the reader learns a great deal about ancient gnosticisms and modern fundamentalisms and is invited to see the remarkable parallels between these seemingly unrelated phenomena. Whether or not one agrees with all of Morris's judgments along the way, the reader will find thisan informative, stimulating, and thought-provoking journey." - Theodore W. Jennings, Jr., Professor of Biblical and Constructive Theology, The Chicago Theological Seminary