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Gaffney argues, however, and this is a rather more accepted viewpoint since the Nag Hamnadi documents have been made accissible that actually, the Naassene sermon is far more likely to be a far more original and authentic record o This book overall is certainly a pretty scholarly dissertation on how this important fragment of Gnostic lore should be interpreted within the context of the times and beyond the attempts of the emerging established Church to refute it as the heresy it is claimed to be.
Even though I knew almost nothing about Gnosticism and even less about Hippolytus, I was captivated from the start, but it took years of further study before I penetrated the document. Phil added it Dec 08, But overall I agreed with him and I think this would be an excellent book to read if you are liberal Christian, a student of comparative religion, or a member of an Earth-centered faith.
We are going to examine powerful evidence that the Gnostic element was present in Christianity from the beginning, and was, in fact, the very heart of the teachings of Jesus.
Rather, it appears to have been recorded verbatim. It took numerous forms; even within Christianity there were different Gnostic sects—Hippolytus mentions a number of these in his Refutation. This was sevrets real meaning of the Last Supper and why the Naassenes believed that Jesus was the fulfillment of all the Mystery traditions.
Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes: The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper
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Apr 17, D. The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper. Throughout the book I have included citations pertaining to the Sermon— Refutation 5.
Mead has suggested that all of this is in reference to the Kundalini: To ask other readers questions about Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes nawssenes, please sign up. The greatest archaeological discoveries belong to the future. As I continued to delve into the text of the Sermon, I discovered a stunning attempt—insofar as I know, unprecedented in the Judeo-Christian tradition—to describe firsthand, using symbolic and figurative language, an elevated spiritual experience.
Whether Hippolytus believed that he had succeeded we cannot know.
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I was persuaded that several scholars were right to conclude ov Hippolytus had stumbled onto one or more mystical writings that were never intended for public consumption and had embedded them in his Refutation. The Lesser Mysteries pertained secrsts the carnal, and if Greater dealt with the spiritual.
We have no information about when the Naassenes were finally dispersed; Hippolytus is our only source. I appreciated that the author did not shy away from showing how Pagan teachings influenced the early Christian church and that he does that without apology.
Chaos is naturally destitute of forms or qualities; neither does the preexistent being himself possess form, for though the cause of everything that comes into being, it is itself none of them, but only the seed from which they spring.
They contained treatises of a mystical, philosophic, gnoshic, and exegetical character, rather than a cosmological exposition. Retrieved from ” https: Click here to learn more about this month’s sponsor!
Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes : The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper
I hesitate to use the word both because of its negative associations and because I believe that the Naassenes never referred to themselves as such, except, perhaps, in a general sense. For the author’s method of exegesis enables him to find his system in Naassene with as much ease as in the Bible. Naassnees fatal attraction to a notorious creed is no fluke; it is a real phenomenon, well attested to by the many papers and books that scholars grind out each year on the subject.
The interest in Gnosticism is genuine enough, yet there is also something irksome about the scholarship to date.
After many frustrating delays, the trove was finally published in its entirety in He lives in Oregon. These teachings address the awakening of spirit and include practices aimed at restoring the soul’s lost connection to God.
In the following pages we will present this evidence and go even further by showing the precise points of correspondence between Gnostic Christianity and the spiritual traditions scerets India and Tibet— thus mapping out the common ground between East and West.
He seems to have used all the four Gospels, but that of which he makes most use is St. But what most characterizes the document under consideration is the abundant use of pagan writings.
These Christians should read on. This page was last edited on 22 Octoberat