Mailer’s “Gnostic” Gospel

@inproceedings{Howley2010MailersG,
  title={Mailer’s “Gnostic” Gospel},
  author={Ashton Howley},
  year={2010}
}
Mailer’s favorite religious idea, one that he usually incorporated into his literary characters’ speech and into his own, is that “there is a God and a Devil at war with one another, neither of whom is invincible” (Time 1223). Mailer found this Manichean doctrine attractive for at least three reasons. Given the “philosophical vertigo” (1224) induced by the concept of a benevolent deity, “capable of doing everything and anything at any given moment” (Conversations 29), but continuously allowing… Expand

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