Gnosticism: Dr Gary Day

"The discovery of the Nag Hammadi Scriptures in 1945 has revolutionised our understanding of early Christianity. This collection of Gnostic, or secret writings, is both thrilling and deeply disturbing because it challenges everything we thought we knew, not just about early Christianity but also about ancient Judaism and Greco-Roman religions. Obviously we can’t cover all of those faiths so our focus will be on how Gnostic writings affect our understanding of Christianity. We will examine the outlines of Gnostic philosophy and consider some of the astonishing claims found in writings such as The Gospel of Truth, The Interpretation of Knowledge and The Wisdom of Jesus Christ"

Tutor: Dr Gary Day

"Gary Day was a principal lecturer in English at De Montfort. He gave the centenary lecture on F.R. Leavis at Cambridge and for many years was on the committee of the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. He is the author of five books, including one on Leavis, and his latest, The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present, was described in the Times Literary Supplement as ‘an ambitious book, richly informative, consistently readable and conscientiously argued’. He has edited various collections of essays on topics ranging from Victorian literature and culture to D H Lawrence. Gary was also for many years a columnist and reviewer for the Times Higher. His essay John Bunyan: Class and Englishness will be published in the The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan next year."