Discovering actual sex practices hidden within the writings of the Church's authorities, he reconstructs the lost world of Gnostic
spiritual-erotic experience as taught by initiated masters and mistresses and practiced by Christian couples seeking spiritual freedom from the world.
The Dead Sea Scrolls are the earliest Christian writings in existence, he opined, and the Gnostic
Gospels frequently mention Mary Magdalene and her marriage to Jesus.
The Shu: The Gnostic
Tao Te Ching" will prove to be an enduringly prized addition to personal and community library Metaphysical Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.
Nor are religions the only movements growing up side by side with gnostic
thought; Plato and Neoplatonism, especially insights advanced in the Timaeus, are powerful preludes to Dante's own vision of a heaven in which Union with the One and yet separation of the temporal from the eternal makes possible Dante's vision of God.
Narbonne offers no general reflections about the degree to which Plotinus is himself animated by a Gnostic
Chapter 9 Fi Maqamat al-'Arifin (On the ranks of the gnostics
) offers a description of the gnostic
people, who manage to obtain this pleasure.
believed that spiritual practices and correct belief about the true identity of the self could help us bridge the gap between matter and spirit.
s work is his discussion of "the Gnostic
myth" as the criterion for distinguishing this group.
Strange, the protagonist magicians, must sacrifice their inauthentic, egocentric selves so that each can embrace a shared "original self, a spark," which in Harold Bloom's description of the Gnostic
quest, "goes back to before the Creation" (22).
A heretical substitute For the Christian gospel, gnostic
interpretation has nothing to do with serious New Testament scholarship, which Spong snidely calls twisting our brains into a 1st-century pretzel.
For two thousand years Western civilization has struggled with and vacillated between two logically possible but quite different doctrinal responses--the Gnostic
and the Christian--to the most fundamental theological question of all: How can there be a good God and a bad world?
Although he grew up in the United Church of Christ tradition, James Olm had no impression of Mary Magdalene until about a dozen years ago when a minister gave him a copy of the Gnostic
gospels, and he began reading about the woman wrongly considered the most famous prostitute of all time.
World Gnosis: The Coming Gnostic
Civilization comes from Gnostic
Templar Grand Prior Mark Amaru Pinkham, who provides a history and overview of the teachings of Gnosticism.
10 /PRNewswire/ -- /ECKO House Publishing/- In Last of the Gnostics
, author Don Durrett's main focus is to break the oppressive constraints of traditional Christianity through his fictional account of the early Gnostic
While studies indicate that lots of friends, a high paying job, or even passing years may create a higher likelihood of feeling "happy," a reliable recipe for lasting happiness remains elusive, says The Gnostic