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Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing

Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing

by Stephan A Hoeller


Gnosticism developed alongside Judeo-Christianity over two thousand years ago, but with an important difference: It emphasizes, not faith, but direct perception of God - Gnosticism being derived from the Greek word gnosis, meaning "knowledge." Given the controversial premise that one can know God directly, the history of Gnosticism is an unfolding drama of passion, political intrigue, martyrdom, and mystery...



Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas

Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas

by David Brakke


Gnosticism, one of the most fascinating and perplexing phenomena in Western religious history, sparked religious ideologies that competed with many other religions of the time, including the theological thinking that came to define Christianity...



The Gnostic Mysteries: The Lost Secrets of the Inner Christ

The Gnostic Mysteries: The Lost Secrets of the Inner Christ

by Jacquelyn Small


Based on Christianity's Gnostic foundations and the lost secret teachings of Jesus, this book is a thought-provoking conjecture on ways to manifest the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth - an inspirational reminder of what Christianity was intended to be.

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The Gnostic Gospel Illuminated: Gnosis freely dispensed and demystified

The Gnostic Gospel Illuminated: Gnosis freely dispensed and demystified

by Cyd Charise Ropp Ph.D.


Gnosis is not a bundle of hidden secrets that must be studied and understood to gain redemption. Simply put, gnosis is the realization that we come from above, and that our Father is in Heaven, and to Heaven we shall return...



Gnosis: The Nature and History of Gnosticism

Gnosis: The Nature and History of Gnosticism

by Kurt Rudolph


Presents a readable and appealing introduction to what otherwise might seem an inaccessible religion of late antiquity.





Voices of Gnosticism: Interviews with Elaine Pagels, Marvin Meyer, Bart Ehrman, Bruce Chilton and Other Leading Scholars

Voices of Gnosticism: Interviews with Elaine Pagels, Marvin Meyer, Bart Ehrman, Bruce Chilton and Other Leading Scholars

by Miguel Conner


For several years, Miguel Conner has engaged the most prominent writers and scholars on Gnosticism and early Christianity on Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio. These interviews with 13 leading scholars represent one of the best ways to get to know ancient Gnosticism, the movement that has inspired Dan Brown, Philip Pullman, Philip K...



Gnosticism: The History and Legacy of the Mysterious Ancient Religion

Gnosticism: The History and Legacy of the Mysterious Ancient Religion

by Charles River Editors


*Includes pictures*Includes ancient accounts*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading*Includes a table of contents?This knowledge is not something that can be put into words like other sciences; but after long-continued intercourse between teacher and pupil, in joint pursuit of the subject, suddenly, like light flashing forth when a fire is kindled, it is born in the soul and straightway nourishes itself.?..



Forbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism

Forbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism

by Richard Smoley


The success of books such as Elaine Pagels's Gnostic Gospels and Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code proves beyond a doubt that there is a tremendous thirst today for finding the hidden truths of Christianity – truths that may have been lost or buried by institutional religion over the last two millennia...



The Gnostic Gospels

The Gnostic Gospels

by Elaine Pagels


Gnosticism's Christian form grew to prominence in the 2nd century A.D. Ultimately denounced as heretical by the early church, Gnosticism proposed a revealed knowledge of God ("gnosis" meaning "knowledge" in Greek), held as a secret tradition of the apostles...



Introduction to Gnosticism: Ancient Voices, Christian Worlds

Introduction to Gnosticism: Ancient Voices, Christian Worlds

by Nicola Denzey Lewis


Discovered in Egypt in 1945, the fascinating and challenging Nag Hammadi writings forever changed our understanding of early Christianity. State-of-the-art and the only volume of its kind, Introduction to "Gnosticism": Ancient Voices, Christian Worlds guides students through the most significant of the Nag Hammadi texts...



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