Author: Erin Evans
Despite the surge of interest in Gnostic texts following the discovery of the Nag Hammadi library, the Coptic Books of Jeu and Pistis Sophia remain understudied. Often dismissed as convoluted, confused, and repetitious, Erin Evans convincingly shows that these texts represent the writings of a distinct religious group with a consistent system of theology, cosmology, and ritual practice. This book offers an in-depth examination of these texts, their relationship to other contemporary Gnostic ideas, and their use in the context of a practicing religious group. Three thematic sections demonstrate how the collection of texts functions as a whole, covering baptisms and mystical ascent procedures, guides to moral living, and introductory texts and myths.
Author: Erin Evans

Abstract

Provisions for animal rights have been included in the national constitutions of Switzerland (1992, 2000) and Germany (2002). Protective constitutional inclusion is a major social movement success, and in view of the other movements also seeking increased political visibility and responsiveness, it is worth asking how and why nonhuman animals were allowed into this realm of political importance. This research seeks to explain how animal activists achieved this significant goal in two industrialized democracies. Using an approach drawn from the mainstream canon on social movements, this comparative study attempts to show how cultural factors, institutional selectivity, and the influence of spontaneous events, along with the tactic of “frame-bridging,” determined the success of both movements.

In: Society & Animals
In: The Books of Jeu and the Pistis Sophia as Handbooks to Eternity
In: The Books of Jeu and the Pistis Sophia as Handbooks to Eternity
In: The Books of Jeu and the Pistis Sophia as Handbooks to Eternity
In: The Books of Jeu and the Pistis Sophia as Handbooks to Eternity
In: The Books of Jeu and the Pistis Sophia as Handbooks to Eternity
In: The Books of Jeu and the Pistis Sophia as Handbooks to Eternity
In: The Books of Jeu and the Pistis Sophia as Handbooks to Eternity
In: The Books of Jeu and the Pistis Sophia as Handbooks to Eternity