The View From 1776

Eric Voegelin And Gnosticism

Professor Voegelin was a pioneer in identifying secular religions such as socialism with the pattern of gnosticism experienced in ancient times.

In Part IV of his disquisition on Eric Voegelin’s philosophy of history in the Brussels Journal, Thomas F. Bertonneau focuses on Voegelin’s analysis of the deformations of reality induced by modern secular religions.


In “The Political Religions,” Voegelin classifies secularization under the heading of religious developments but in the direction of pure immanence rather than transcendence. He reminds readers that the