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An extensive examination of the history of gnosticism and how its philosophy has influenced the Western esoteric tradition < br /> < br /> ? Explains how the Gnostic understanding of self-realization is embodied in the esoteric traditions of the Rosicrucians and Freemasons < br /> < br /> ? Explores how gnosticism continues to influence contemporary spirituality< br /> < br /> ? Shows gnosticism to be a philosophical key that helps spiritual seekers & quot; remember& quot; their higher selves< br /> < br /> Gnosticism was a contemporary of early Christianity, and its demise can be traced to Christianity's efforts to silence its teachings. The Gnostic message, however, was not destroyed but simply went underground. Starting with the first emergence of Gnosticism, the author shows how its influence extended from the teachings of neo-Platonists and the magical traditions of the Middle Ages to the beliefs and ideas of the Sufis, Jacob B?hme, Carl Jung, Rudolf Steiner, and the Rosicrucians and Freemasons. In the language of spiritual freemasonry, < em> gnosis< /em> is the rejected stone necessary for the completion of the Temple, a Temple of a new cosmic understanding that today's heirs to Gnosticism continue to strive to create.< br /> < br /> The Gnostics believed that the universe embodies a ceaseless contest between opposing principles. Terrestrial life exhibits the struggle between good and evil, life and death, beauty and ugliness, and enlightenment and ignorance: < em> gnosis< /em> and < em> agnosis< /em> . The very nature of physical space and time are obstacles to humanity's ability to remember its divine originsand recover its original unity with God. Thus the preeminent gnostic secret is that we are God in potential and the purpose of bona fide gnostic teaching is to return us to our godlike nature.< br /> < br /> Tobias Churton is a filmmaker and the founding editor of the magazine < em> Freemasonry< /em> Today. He studied theology at Oxford University and created the award-winning documentary series and accompanying book < em> The Gnostics< /em> , as well as several other films on Christian doctrine, mysticism, and magical folklore. He lives in England.

Review:

"More than a quarter century after his award-winning documentary and book The Gnostics, Churton returns to the academic love of his life. Exhaustive (but not exhausting) in scope and copiously annotated, his work will spice up virtually any reading list of Gnosticism and early Christianity. Positioning religious and philosophical questions alongside those of science and history, Churton clarifies that while Gnostic philosophy 'represents a thoroughgoing inquiry into truth values,' it does not adhere to the 'literary monolith that we have become accustomed to think of when we use the term philosophy.' With great effort — and resulting effect — he succeeds in writing each one of his 14 chapters as a world unto itself. From the Magi to the Freemasons, the Hermetics to Jimi Hendrix, Churton unfurls an evolving awareness of and quest for truth across the ages. If there is a criticism, it is only that the rich history of the Knights Templar and the ensuing incarnations of the Freemasons could have been balanced with equally detailed study of the Enlightened literati and modern scientists. Seasoned with excerpts from original texts and replete with multicultural narratives, Churton will pique the interest not only of professional academics but anyone interested in the Gnostics through the centuries. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Gnosticism was a contemporary of early Christianity, and its demise can be traced to Christianity's efforts to silence its teachings. Its influence extended from the Middle Ages to the Sufis, Carl Jung, Rudolf Steiner, and the Rosicrucians and Freemasons. Today's heirs to Gnosticism continue to strive to create a Temple of new cosmic understanding.

Synopsis:

An extensive examination of the history of gnosticism and how its philosophy has influenced the Western esoteric tradition

• Explains how the Gnostic understanding of self-realization is embodied in the esoteric traditions of the Rosicrucians and Freemasons

• Explores how gnosticism continues to influence contemporary spirituality

• Shows gnosticism to be a philosophical key that helps spiritual seekers "remember" their higher selves

Gnosticism was a contemporary of early Christianity, and its demise can be traced to Christianity's efforts to silence its teachings. The Gnostic message, however, was not destroyed but simply went underground. Starting with the first emergence of Gnosticism, the author shows how its influence extended from the teachings of neo-Platonists and the magical traditions of the Middle Ages to the beliefs and ideas of the Sufis, Jacob B�, Carl Jung, Rudolf Steiner, and the Rosicrucians and Freemasons. In the language of spiritual freemasonry, gnosis is the rejected stone necessary for the completion of the Temple, a Temple of a new cosmic understanding that today's heirs to Gnosticism continue to strive to create.

The Gnostics believed that the universe embodies a ceaseless contest between opposing principles. Terrestrial life exhibits the struggle between good and evil, life and death, beauty and ugliness, and enlightenment and ignorance: gnosis and agnosis. The very nature of physical space and time are obstacles to humanity's ability to remember its divine origins and recover its original unity with God. Thus the preeminent gnostic secret is that we are God in potential and the purpose of bona fide gnostic teaching is to return us to our godlike nature.

Tobias Churton is a filmmaker and the founding editor of the magazine Freemasonry Today. He studied theology at Oxford University and created the award-winning documentary series and accompanying book The Gnostics, as well as several other films on Christian doctrine, mysticism, and magical folklore. He lives in England.

Synopsis:

The founding editor of "Freemasonry Today" offers an extensive examination of the history of gnosticism and how its philosophy has influenced the Western esoteric tradition.

About the Author

Tobias Churton is a filmmaker and the founding editor of the magazine Freemasonry Today. He studied theology at Oxford University and created the award-winning documentary series and accompanying book The Gnostics, as well as several other films on Christian doctrine, mysticism, and magical folklore. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Gnostic Philosophy

From Ancient Persia to Modern Times

Foreword by Christopher McIntosh

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part one--Antiquity

1--Before the Gnostics

Also Sprach Zarathushtra

The Wise Lord

That Old Devil Time

Mithra the Mediator

Enter the Demiurge

2--From the Magi to St. Paul

Jewish Themes

The Anthropos: Man

Sophia

The Unknown God and the Demiurge

Philo of Alexandria

The Essenes

The Book of Enoch

Life at the Dead Sea

Jesus

Stone Theology

Paul

3--The First Gnostics

Gnosticism

Hans Jonas: The Gnostic Religion

The Irresistible Character of Gnosis; or, “The Spirit Is Willing”

Being Is Seeing

Clement of Alexandria: The Gnosis Truly So-called?

Part two--The Middle Ages

4--Magic in the Middle Ages

Neoplatonic Theurgy

Celestial Hierarchies

Light Metaphysics

After the Pact

Kabbalistic Magic

Roger Bacon

5--The Sufis

The Insights of Sufism

Sufis and Philosophy

Maulana Jalal-ud-din Rumi: Sufi Master

Interesting Times

6--The Troubadours

Prologue: The Two Worlds

What Is a Troubadour?

Miraval

The Ladies in His Life

Loba

The Rules of Love: Miraval’s Guide to Successful Courtship

Was the Fine Love a Spiritual Love?

The Allegory of Love

Troubadours and Cathars

The Last Song

The Joy That We Have Lost

Creation Is the Product of Pain

Were the Troubadours Sexual Mystics?

7--The Knights Templar

Templars and Cathars

The Templars and the Gral

Baphomet

Templars in Search of the Stones

Kilwinning

Conclusion: Gnostics in the Temple?

Part three--Enlightenment

8--Jacob Böhme’s Theosophick Cosmos

Böhme’s Life

Elements of Böhme’s Theosophy

The Influence of Jacob Böhme

William Law

Romantic Philosophy

The Neo-Rosicrucians

William Blake

9--Germany 1710-1800: The Return of the Rosy Cross

The Gold und Rosenkreuzers

Masonry in Germany

Radicals Under Attack: Gold und Rosenkreuz vs. the Illuminati

A Real Rosicrucian King (on the Throne of Prussia)

Rosicrucians in Poland

Russia

The Asiatic Brethren

Romanticism

10--Freemasonry in France

The Elect Cohens

Éliphas Lévi Zahed: A Great Socialist Magician and Occult Revivalist

Lévi’s Legacy

Magic Revives in France

Part Four--The Modern Age

11--A New Aeon: Aleister Crowley

Aiwass: Messenger of the Gods

The Book of the Law

The Crisis

Aleister Crowley: Sex Magician

Sexual Alchemy

12--Light in the Jar

Carl Jung

13--Gnosis and the New Physics

The Copenhagen Interpretation

14--Gnosis Today: A Personal View

Rudolf Steiner

Gnosis and Ecology

Neo-Gnostics

Cinema

Hipgnostics: Popular Music

The Arts

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594770357
Subtitle:
From Ancient Persia to Modern Times
Author:
Churton, Tobias
Publisher:
Inner Traditions
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mysticism
Subject:
Gnosticism
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Religion Western-Gnosticism
Subject:
FREEMASONRY;GNOSTICISM;MYSTICISM
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20050125
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.2 in 22.61 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "More than a quarter century after his award-winning documentary and book The Gnostics, Churton returns to the academic love of his life. Exhaustive (but not exhausting) in scope and copiously annotated, his work will spice up virtually any reading list of Gnosticism and early Christianity. Positioning religious and philosophical questions alongside those of science and history, Churton clarifies that while Gnostic philosophy 'represents a thoroughgoing inquiry into truth values,' it does not adhere to the 'literary monolith that we have become accustomed to think of when we use the term philosophy.' With great effort — and resulting effect — he succeeds in writing each one of his 14 chapters as a world unto itself. From the Magi to the Freemasons, the Hermetics to Jimi Hendrix, Churton unfurls an evolving awareness of and quest for truth across the ages. If there is a criticism, it is only that the rich history of the Knights Templar and the ensuing incarnations of the Freemasons could have been balanced with equally detailed study of the Enlightened literati and modern scientists. Seasoned with excerpts from original texts and replete with multicultural narratives, Churton will pique the interest not only of professional academics but anyone interested in the Gnostics through the centuries. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Gnosticism was a contemporary of early Christianity, and its demise can be traced to Christianity's efforts to silence its teachings. Its influence extended from the Middle Ages to the Sufis, Carl Jung, Rudolf Steiner, and the Rosicrucians and Freemasons. Today's heirs to Gnosticism continue to strive to create a Temple of new cosmic understanding.
"Synopsis" by , An extensive examination of the history of gnosticism and how its philosophy has influenced the Western esoteric tradition

• Explains how the Gnostic understanding of self-realization is embodied in the esoteric traditions of the Rosicrucians and Freemasons

• Explores how gnosticism continues to influence contemporary spirituality

• Shows gnosticism to be a philosophical key that helps spiritual seekers "remember" their higher selves

Gnosticism was a contemporary of early Christianity, and its demise can be traced to Christianity's efforts to silence its teachings. The Gnostic message, however, was not destroyed but simply went underground. Starting with the first emergence of Gnosticism, the author shows how its influence extended from the teachings of neo-Platonists and the magical traditions of the Middle Ages to the beliefs and ideas of the Sufis, Jacob B�, Carl Jung, Rudolf Steiner, and the Rosicrucians and Freemasons. In the language of spiritual freemasonry, gnosis is the rejected stone necessary for the completion of the Temple, a Temple of a new cosmic understanding that today's heirs to Gnosticism continue to strive to create.

The Gnostics believed that the universe embodies a ceaseless contest between opposing principles. Terrestrial life exhibits the struggle between good and evil, life and death, beauty and ugliness, and enlightenment and ignorance: gnosis and agnosis. The very nature of physical space and time are obstacles to humanity's ability to remember its divine origins and recover its original unity with God. Thus the preeminent gnostic secret is that we are God in potential and the purpose of bona fide gnostic teaching is to return us to our godlike nature.

Tobias Churton is a filmmaker and the founding editor of the magazine Freemasonry Today. He studied theology at Oxford University and created the award-winning documentary series and accompanying book The Gnostics, as well as several other films on Christian doctrine, mysticism, and magical folklore. He lives in England.

"Synopsis" by , The founding editor of "Freemasonry Today" offers an extensive examination of the history of gnosticism and how its philosophy has influenced the Western esoteric tradition.
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