The Gnostic Gospels
Paperback ISBN: 0679724532
A study of the Gnostic texts, which describe the same people and events portrayed in the New Testament but from a different perspective, reveals why their suppression was essential to the development of the Christian church
A Gnostic Book of Hours
Keys to Inner Wisdom
Paperback ISBN: 0892540672
Within the Nag Hammadi Library, thought to have been written during the first two centuries c.e., are ancient texts written by a group who called themselves the Gnostics. June Singer has recast the wisdom found in these texts into a book of hours, the traditional framework for an ongoing meditative practice. Its purpose is to enable readers to maintain an awareness of the presence of the divine mystery within the everyday world. A Gnostic Book of Hours is divided into eight "offices" or prayers for different parts of the day: matins (midnight), lauds (daybreak), prime (beginning of the workday), terce, sext, none (the "little hours" during the work day), vespers (sundown) and compline (retiring to sleep). For each office, Singer has selected a text for each day of the week. She annotates and interprets the ancient text and makes it relevant to today's readers. "There are many paths to the holy," writes Singer, "and each of us must find our own. Each path leads through differing labyrinthine ways. Yet all come to the same center, the kingdom within. There the nameless One who is called by many names awaits us."
The First Christian Heretics
Paperback ISBN: 1842433393
Gnosticism is the name given to various religious schools that proliferated in the first centuries after Christ, nearly becoming the dominant form of Christianity, but was eventually branded as heretical by the emerging Christian church. The long and diverse history of Gnosticism is recounted here, as well as reasons for its continued relevance today. Although some Gnostic beliefs are close to mainstream Christianity, others examined here include that the world is imperfect because it was created by an evil god who was constantly at war with the true, good God; that Christ and Satan were brothers; that reincarnation exists; and that women are the equal of men. Also covered is the influence Gnostics had on the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, psychologist Carl Jung, the Existentialists, the New Age movement, and writers as diverse as William Blake, W. B. Yeats, Albert Camus, and Philip K. Dick.
The Secret Teachings of Jesus
Four Gnostic Gospels
Paperback ISBN: 0394744330
This first translation of Gnostic texts from the Nag Hammadi manuscript, intended for a general audience, includes "The Secret Book of James," "The Gospel of Thomas," "The Book of Thomas," and "The Secret Book of John."
The Sacred Embrace of Jesus And Mary
The Sexual Mystery at the Heart of the Christian Tradition
Paperback ISBN: 1594771014
An examination of how the teachings of Jesus reveal the essential role of sexuality in spiritual growth and transformation â€¢ Shows that Jesus did not come to redeem humanity from the life of the flesh, but to honor it as a spiritual path â€¢ Uses Hebrew, gnostic, and early Christian source texts to reveal the true context of the words attributed to Jesus â€¢ Explores the spiritual and physical relationship shared by Jesus and Mary Magdalene Of all the major religions, Christianity is the only one that has utterly rejected sexuality as one of the many paths that can lead to enlightenment and salvation. But if Jesus was indeed “the Word made flesh
Mysteries of the Bridechamber
The Initiation of Jesus and the Temple of Solomon
Paperback ISBN: 1594771936
Jesus reinstated the tradition of sacred consortship--the bridechamber sacrament--whereby the marriage of the masculine and feminine energies was effected. This rite was the primary focus of Jesus’ teachings, the very heart of his exhortations to love thy neighbor, and the source of his healing power.
The Secret Gospel of Thomas
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0375501568
Provides an analysis of the early origins of Christianity, based on the teachings from the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, exploring the faith of the early Christians and offering new interpretations of a range of topics.
Gnostic Mysteries of Sex
Sophia the Wild One and Erotic Christianity
Paperback ISBN: 1620554216
An exploration of the sexual practices and doctrinal secrets of Gnosticism • Reconstructs the lost world of Gnostic spiritual-erotic experience through examination of every surviving text written by heresiologists • Investigates the sexual gnosis practices of the Barbelo Gnostics of the 2nd century and their connections to the Gnostic Aeon Sophia, the Wild Lady of Wisdom • Explains the vital significance of “the seed