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About Gnosis Magazine

List Back Issues Between 1985 and 1999, GNOSIS Magazine was the only widely available, serious journal devoted to Western esoteric and spiritual traditions. It was highly acclaimed by numerous authors and scholars in the field and was fondly regarded by its many readers. At the time of the publication of its final issue (#51, Spring 1999), it had just won the 1999 Utne Reader Alternative Press Award for "best spiritual coverage." GNOSIS's founder, publisher, and editor in chief was Jay Kinney. Its editor was Richard Smoley.

GNOSIS conducted interviews with numerous significant thinkers and teachers, including Huston Smith, Karen Armstrong, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Colin Wilson, Reb Zalman Schacter-Shalomi, Kathleen Raine, David Steindl-Rast, Claudio Naranjo, and June Singer. Its writers and reviewers included many of the leading authors in the field, such as Peter Lamborn Wilson, Stephan Hoeller, Christopher Bamford, Kabir Helminski, Roger Walsh, Jacob Needleman, Carl Ernst, David Fideler, Chas Clifton, and John & Caitlin Matthews. Each issue commonly included thoughtful reviews of a dozen current books on the Western traditions of spiritual inquiry.

GNOSIS was a project of the Lumen Foundation, a California nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. Back issues are still available and we urge you to get them while you can.

Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions by GNOSIS editors Jay Kinney and Richard Smoley was first published in 1999 and issued in a new edition by Quest Books in 2006. It provides a comprehensive overview of the subject areas covered by GNOSIS.

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