GNOSTIC PHILOSOPHY: From Ancient Persia to Modern Times - by Tobias Churton
Gnosticism was a contemporary of early Christianity whose 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 Neoplatonists and the magical traditions of the Middle Ages to the beliefs and ideas of the Sufis, Jacob Bohme, Carl Jung, Rudolf Steiner, the Rosicrucians and the Freemasons. In the language of spiritual Freemasonry, gnosis is the rejected stone necessary for the completion of the Temple - a Temple of new cosmic understanding that today's heirs to Gnosticism strive to create.
The Gnostics believed that the universe embodies an endless contest between opposing principles. Terrestrial life exhibits the struggle between good and evil, life and death, beauty and ugliness, enlightenment and ignorance: gnostic and agnostic. The very nature of physical time and space is an obstacle 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 real Gnostic teaching is to return us to our godlike nature.
Inner Traditions Books 2005 Edition - 463 Page Paperback - No Illustrations - PRICE: $20.00
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