The Wisdom of the Knowing Ones: Gnosticism: The Key to Esoteric Christianity

By Manly P. Hall

If any workforce, which shared within the Christian secret, possessed the esoteric secrets and techniques of the early Church, it was once the Gnostics. This order preserved to the top the excessive moral and rational criteria which confer honor upon a instructing. The Church as a result attacked Gnosticism vigorously and relentlessly, spotting those mystical philosophers as being the main ambitious adversaries to the temporal strength of Christian theology.

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The prospect exists that the Gnostic Renaissance on the finish of the 20 th and at the start of the Twenty-first Centuries may perhaps in many ways symbolize a parallel to the Hermetic-Humanistic Renaissance of the 15th and 16th Centuries. because the then newly rediscovered airtight literature fueled the nice cultural rebirth of that old epoch, so the same rediscovery of the Gnostic scriptures in our interval could lead on to comparable effects. The stone that the developers rejected could turn into the cornerstone once again; what the blindness of churchly politics rejected approximately thousand years in the past may well locate its manner into the spirituality of the hot century and new millennium. Be that because it may perhaps, books that convey us towards the knowledge of the Gnostics must be welcomed. whilst this sort of e-book involves us from the pen of 1 of the clever males of this age, Manly P. corridor, it truly is to be welcomed with specific pleasure. 2 the subsequent treatise authored by way of the overdue Manly P. corridor comprises numerous inter-related essays in regards to the Gnostics. As indicated by means of the subtitle of his paintings, our writer looked Gnosticism because the key to Esoteric Christianity. For this perception by myself we should congratulate him such a lot profusely. certainly, there could be no Esoteric Christianity with out Gnosticism, for in a truly actual feel the knowledge of the figuring out Ones is the unique Esoteric Christianity itself. remove the contribution of the Gnostics, and the entire non-mainstream religious buildings of different mystical Christianity fall like a home of playing cards. somebody calling himself an Esoteric Christian who disregards the Gnostics is still unaware of the easiest and maximum source of the choice 17 The knowledge of the realizing Ones method of the interior center of the Christian religion. this present day we all know that Gnosticism is particularly a lot alive. In Iraq and Iran there lives a considerable non secular minority often called the Mandaeans, who're old Semitic Gnostics who've survived into our days. additionally, a lot details has come to mild lately in regards to the nice and noble faith of the Cathars, or Albigensians, who practiced their explicitly Gnostic faith brazenly throughout the center a long time in Europe. notwithstanding cruelly exterminated by means of the minions of the rather unenlightened Catholicism in their day, a few of these Gnostics additionally survived and feature endured their spiritual lifestyles. in lots of methods and varieties Gnostics stroll within the gentle of day back. the author of this advent needs to felicitate the Philosophical examine Society and its president, Dr. Obadiah Harris, for figuring out to post this paintings. This advent was once definitely additionally meant to function a tribute to the past due Manly P. corridor, whose reminiscence maintains to reside for we all who've recognized him or have studied his works. Stephan A. Hoeller 18 C h apte r On e GNOS TIC I SM, TH E okay E Y TO ES OTE RI C CHRI S TIAN IT Y within the first century of the Christian period the highbrow international used to be extending its inquiries alongside the strains set down by way of the lessons of Plato and Aristotle.

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