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The American debate regarding the policy needed to combat the dangers posed by immigration from nations who are currently hotbeds of Islamic radicalization is presently being vociferously fought.  This debate recently culminated with an Executive Order by President Trump that suspended travel from seven such nations to improve vetting measures.  Six of the nations included in the Order are amongst…
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The debate about scientism (also referred to as positivism or scientific reductionism) is an argument over the validity of applying the methods of the natural sciences to the social sciences. The desire of the positivist to purge the social sciences of its subjective element reveals his or her assumptions that reality consists only of immanent existence and that knowledge only…
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Gnosticism is an extreme religious sensibility from the early Christian era that has influenced twentieth century thinkers in their understanding of the modern world.  Having its origins in the second century A.D., Gnosticism has been adopted by conservative thinkers to diagnose and to criticize certain characteristics of the modernity.  Philosophers such as Eric Voegelin, Hans Jonas, and Thomas J. J.…
Eric Voegelin

The fallacious character of an eidos of history [the belief that the whole course of history can be known–ed] has been shown on principle–but the analysis can and must be carried one step fur­ther into certain details.
The Christian symbolism of supernatural destination has in itself a theoretical structure, and this structure is continued into the variants of immanentization. The pilgrim's…
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Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of the Millenial Experience. Richard Landes. Oxford University Press, 2011.
 
Readers of Eric Voegelin’s work are familiar with the fundamental themes of millennial or millenarian thinking. In Christian eschatology, the millennium is the period following Christ’s second coming, in which Christ and his saints will reign on earth for a thousand years (Revelation 20:1-6).
Prior to the…
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Among the Truthers: A Journey into the Growing Conspiracist Underground of 9/11. Jonathan Kay. New York: Harper Collins, 2011.
 
In his Science, Politics, and Gnosticism, Eric Voegelin defines “pneumopathology” as the “condition of a thinker who, in his revolt against the world as it has been created by God, arbitrarily omits an element of reality in order to create the fantasy…
Secret Cinema Gnostic Wilson Movie

Films that Partake of Gnosticism, Cabballa, and Alcehmy
Films self-consciously inflecting these esoteric visions — films like The Matrix, A.I., and Dead Man — partake of this transcendental irony. The Matrix is aware of the fact that it is an illusory form that suggests that all forms are illusions. Viewers are urged to embrace this movie as an indictment of the…
Secret Cinema Gnostic Wilson Movie

Film as Sophisticated Expression of Gnosticism
Directors seem to be realizing that film, counter to expectation, might be the most sophisticated medium possible for expressing the Gnostic vision. Unreal and real, mechanistic and vital, commodity and artwork, the Gnostic film appears to be uniquely suited to explore relationships between appearance and reality and to push toward a third term beyond these…
Secret Cinema Gnostic Wilson Movie

Gnosticism in the Post-Modern Age: A Prologue
This is about the old problem, the virus that will not go away: the relation­ship between appearance and reality. After Plato placed this difficult relation at the center of his philosophy, thinkers through the ages have struggled to understand how lubricious surfaces — quick grackles and dying crocuses — might connect to something stable…