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Introduction The Serpent's Gift

in The Serpent's Gift

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780226453804
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226453828 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226453828.003.0001
Introduction The Serpent's Gift

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This book is a retelling of sorts of the biblical story of Adam, Eve, and the serpent, this time from the perspective of the snake, or at least at how the author imagines this wisdom figure to be embodied in the modern study of religion and its erotic, humanistic, comparative, and esoteric forms of gnosis. This chapter discusses the modern study of religion, arguing that it can help us to recognize the wise snake, the lovely loving couple, and the angry jealous god among us. It considers the study of religion through faith, reason, and gnosis, and through the premodern, the modern, and the postmodern forms of thought. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: snake; wisdom; Gnostic myth; God; religion; gnosis; religious studies; faith; reason; postmodern

Chapter.  12884 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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