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A few considerations about the new Perspective of the new political Science in the Vision of Erich Voegelin
A few considerations about the new Perspective of the new political Science in the Vision of Erich Voegelin

Author(s): Stelian Manolache
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Facultatea de Teologie Ortodoxă Alba Iulia
Keywords: the political science; Gnosticism; prohibited thinking; masters of souspicion

Summary/Abstract: At the Symposium addressing “The Relationship between Religion and Politics”, held at the “Simion Ştefan” Faculty of Orthodox Theology, within “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia, and at the 55th celebration of the Political science and Gnosticism1 publication, we shall try to bring an offering of honour to one of the greatest supporters of the theory of Gnostic essence over modernity policy. He is Professor Erich Voegelin from Stanford University, a philosopher who, for the first time in the history of politics, undertook not only an analysis of coincidental structures between ancient Gnostic thinking and modern political thinking, but also an analysis of the lines separating political and religious Gnosticism from philosophy of politics. We shall also underline the political analyst’s contribution to highlighting the radical negativity of religious heresiarch Gnosticism and of modern political Gnosticism.In his opinion, these Gnosticisms are responsible for the decline of Western culture and civilization. Under these circumstances, the article below will history, to man and society, promoted by an author who, experiencing thehorrors of Nazism from his native country Austria, chose to flee across the border rather than make a political compromise with a human destructive totalitarian Gnosticizing regime. Although that at the paper’s publication, the philosopher’s critical opposition towards other political theories has notbeen very successful in the New World, various Gnostic movementsdominating more or less the underground scene of American and Europeanpolitics, today, Political science and Gnosticism, is a reference book. Its importance is given by the relevant explanations on “God’s speculativekilling”2, by explaining the Divine Being as the work of human, startingfrom the “prohibited thinking”3 - the prohibition of essential questions – of Nietzsche, Hegel, Marx or Heidegger. This thinking was then put in practice through “substitute religions”4 which will take the form of mass political movements. This perspective will not only elucidate the thinking mechanisms ulcerated by religious and philosophical Gnostic reductionism, of the God-man-world existential triangle, but it will also try to present the symbols and the psychology of mass movements that have basically accompanied these ‘masters of suspicion’5 in their fight against the Truth of God in modern times, by “re-creating philosophical and religious values” into substitutive values where the Fake is promoted through Truth, Good through Evil, Ugliness through Beauty.

  • Issue Year: XVIII/2013
  • Issue No: 1 - Suppl.
  • Page Range: 537-552
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English