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- Jay Kinney, from Heresies 101
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Spring-Summer 1987
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Letters to the Editor

Forum:"The Feminine in Western Spirituality"
Our readers and contributors open a new topic for discussion.

Introduction: Heresies and Heretics
by Jay Kinney

Heresies 101
by Jay Kinney
Why a little heresy may be good for your soul.

A Personal Top Ten Heretics List
by David Fideler

A Necessary Heresy: Jung's Gnosticism and Contemporary Gnosis
by June Singer
Encountering gnosticism in history and in the present.

The GNOSIS Interview: J. Gordon Melton
by Jay Kinney
The noted scholar of contemporary religious sects and cults shares his thoughts on theology, heresy, and his own life.

The Spiritual Dance
by A Traveling Jewish Theatre
Ram Dass, Jack Kornfield, Deena Metzger, and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, in dialogue about Jewish spiritual roots and tasks, and their individual paths.

The Legend of the Cathars
by Judith Mann
An introduction to the medieval heretics of southern France who incurred the wrath of the Inquisition.

The Anti-Caliph: A Study in Islamic Heresy
by Peter Lamborn Wilson
A proposal for reviving ancient mystical heresy derived from Ibn 'Arabi and the Ismaili Assassins.

The Solitary Quest
by Dixie Tracy-Kinney
A look at the fascinating history of hermits in the West.

Book Reviews
  • Two Non-Dualist Plays. Part 1: Simon Magus and the Gnostics by Milton Ward
  • Female Fault and Fufillment in Gnosticism by Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley
  • Gurdjieff in the LIght of Tradition by Whitall N. Perry
  • The Noble Traveler: The Life and Writings of L. Miloszedited and selected by Christopher Bamford
  • Secret of Secrets: Unwritten Mysteries of Esoteric Qabbalah by Michael-Albion Macdonald
  • Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland
  • The Occult Roots of Nazism by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke
  • Sufi Vision and Initiation: Meetings with Remarkable Beings by Samuel L. Lewis, edited by Neil Douglas-Klotz
  • Hildegard of Bingen's Scivias translated by Bruce Hozeski, forewords by Matthew Fox and Adelgondis Fuhrkotter
  • Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen by Hildegard of Bingen, commentary by Matthew Fox
  • Meister Eckhart: Thought and Language by Frank Tobin
  • The Meaning of Love by Vladimir Solovyov, translated by Thomas R. Beyer
  • Commentary on Plato's Symposium on Love by Marsilio Ficino, translated and introduced by Sears Jayne

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