Romance of the Grail by Joseph Campbell

A book by Joseph Campbell on the Arthurian myths. Therefore, it’s learned, authoritative, and riveting to read as Campbell brings together myths from Wales, Ireland, the European continent, the Middle East, and even further field to support the explanation of the tales featured in the book. The book starts with explanations of the Neolithic, Celtic,Continue reading “Romance of the Grail by Joseph Campbell”

Confronting Leviathan

In his 1651 book, Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes imagined the state as the biblical sea monster. Professor David Runciman examines how different philosophers down the centuries have understood the relationship of citizens to the people who govern the state. Starting with Thomas Hobbes, this book explains how various thinkers have understood and explained the state andContinue reading “Confronting Leviathan”

Romance of the Grail by Joseph Campbell

A book by Joseph Campbell on the Arthurian myths. Therefore, it’s learned, authoritative, and riveting to read as Campbell brings together myths from Wales, Ireland, the European continent, the Middle East, and even further field to support the explanation of the tales featured in the book. The book starts with explanations of the Neolithic, Celtic,Continue reading “Romance of the Grail by Joseph Campbell”

The Secret History of the Gnostics

This is a book I will keep as a reference. The Gnostics were distinguished from other early Christians in their emphasis on gnosis, the Greek word for knowledge rather than faith. According to the Gnostics, it is gnosis itself that saves, redeems, and provides liberation. The Gnostics saw Jesus as a saviour and redeemer, butContinue reading “The Secret History of the Gnostics”

A Short History of Myth – Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong suggests the history of myth is the history of humanity; our stories and beliefs link us to our ancestors and each other. This wonderful book takes the reader from the Palaeolithic period and the myths of the hunters right up to modern times when myths have almost all been discredited by science. ArmstrongContinue reading “A Short History of Myth – Karen Armstrong”

The Secret History of the Gnostics

This is a book I will keep as a reference. The Gnostics were distinguished from other early Christians in their emphasis on gnosis, the Greek word for knowledge rather than faith. According to the Gnostics, it is gnosis itself that saves, redeems, and provides liberation. The Gnostics saw Jesus as a saviour and redeemer, butContinue reading “The Secret History of the Gnostics”

EP Thompson and the Making of the New Left

Edward Palmer Thompson was an English historian, writer, socialist and peace campaigner. He is best known today for his books on radical movements in particular The Making of the English Working Class. This collection of his work helped revive left-wing / socialist politics in the UK in the 1950s and 1960s and includes essays onContinue reading “EP Thompson and the Making of the New Left”

A Short History of Myth – Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong suggests the history of myth is the history of humanity; our stories and beliefs link us to our ancestors and each other. This wonderful book takes the reader from the Palaeolithic period and the myths of the hunters right up to modern times when myths have almost all been discredited by science. ArmstrongContinue reading “A Short History of Myth – Karen Armstrong”