Thursday, November 11, 2021


A Desire for Escape

Arthur Darby Nock, "The Milieu of Gnosticism," Essays on Religion and the Ancient World, Vol. I (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1972), pp. 444-451 (at 444-445):
Learning never has been and never can be wholly detached from the conditions of life and the general trends of thought, and all attitudes towards investigation involve an element of emotion. Those of us who cling hardest to the older ways may have to admit that our struggle for such approximation to objectivity as is possible is reinforced by a desire for escape.

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