In this wide-faring account, Tobias Churton traces the history of gnosticism from its first emergence through to its influence on the magical traditions up to the twentieth century. He covers medieval Europe, troubadours, Sufism, Jacob Boehme, Freemasonry and the Rosicrucians. Moving forwards to the modern age, he devotes an entire chapter to discussing gnostic influences on Steiner, Jung, Crowley and on popular music and cinema. Combining in-depth scholarship with a lucid, accessible style, Gnostic Philosophy is a fine introduction to the importance of gnostic though the esoteric strands of culture down the millennia.
Rochester: Inner Traditions, 2005. Paperback, xiii 463 pages. New.