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Book Title: Talisman: Gnostics, Freemasons, Revolutionaries and the 2000-year-old Conspiracy at Work in the World Today|
The author of the book: Graham Hancock
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 682 KB
Edition: Element Books
Date of issue: September 1st 2004
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Read full description of the books Talisman: Gnostics, Freemasons, Revolutionaries and the 2000-year-old Conspiracy at Work in the World Today:What I really like about Graham Hancock is the solid research that goes into his work. As a former newspaper reporter, he knows it's important to get the facts right.
What I thought didn't work was his attempt in this book to draw a line of descent from the the early Gnostics to the present. I think that this line does exists, but I don't think it's a great mystery. These things were handed down, as he describes, through manuscript and printed word. A good example of how this works is in Quinn's Early Mormonism and the Magic World View. Quinn traces the possible genesis of Joseph Smith's thought and theology by actually documenting which books were available at what bookseller in the vicinity of Smith's early home.
Having said that, I enjoyed Talisman very much for the historical documentation.
One point that he lighted on without stressing, and which I think is very important, is the relationship between St Augustine and Manicheanism. Hancock is onto something here when he draws this connection, but he fails to make the point that the Doctrine of Original Sin, which was bequeathed us by Augustine, was probably a Gnostic vestige. It was Augustine's notion that Original Sin is passed down through sex (semen); this jives with the Manichean conviction that the world, and all the flesh therein, is inherently evil.
Read information about the authorGraham Hancock is a British writer and journalist. His books include Lords of Poverty, The Sign and the Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods, Keeper of Genesis (released in the US as Message of the Sphinx), The Mars Mystery, Heaven's Mirror (with wife Santha Faiia), Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization, Talisman: Sacred Cities, Secret Faith (with co-author Robert Bauval), Supernatural: Meeting with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind and Magicians of the Gods. He also wrote and presented the Channel 4 documentaries Underworld: Flooded Kingdoms of the Ice Age and Quest for the Lost Civilisation. His first novel, Entangled, was published in 2010.
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