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Why Were the Teachings of the Original Christians Brutally Suppressed by the Roman Church?
- Because they portray Jesus and Mary Magdalene as mythic figures based on the Pagan Godman and Goddess
- Because they show that the gospel story is a spiritual allegory encapsulating a profound philosophy that leads to mythical enlightenment
- Because they have the power to turn the world inside out and transform life into an exploration of consciousness
Drawing on modern scholarship, the authors of the international bestseller The Jesus Mysteries decode the secret teachings of the original Christians for the first time in almost two millennia and theorize about who the original Christians really were and what they actually taught. In addition, the book explores the many myths of Jesus and the Goddess and unlocks the lost secret teachings of Christian mysticism, which promise happiness and immortality to those who attain the state of Gnosis, or enlightenment. This daring and controversial book recovers the ancient wisdom of the original Christians and demonstrates its relevance to us today.
About the Author
Timothy Freke (left) has a degree in philosophy, is the author of more than twenty books, and is an authority on world spirituality.
Peter Gandy (right) has an M.A. in classical civilization, specializing in the ancient mystery religions. They have coauthored three previous publications: The Jesus Mysteries, The Complete Guide to World Mysticism, and Hermetica.
For more information on the authors, their books, lectures, and seminars, visit their website: www.jesusmysteries.demon.co.uk
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Despite this, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those who are interested in Gnosticism or cobbling together an idiosyncratic spiritual path, a popular undertaking today, and the authors provide validity and credability to such self aggrandising ideals. If you enjoyed this book you may also enjoy their interpretation of 'the Hermetica' another easy and enjoyable read by the authors, I too, found that a good read and helpful in providing an overview of what is otherwise a complex text in places (Corpus Hermetica) that is related to the Neoplatonic philosophy presented in this book. Having said all this I am not sure that Gnosticism really offers us anything better than what we have already got. No doubt it will be an appealing path for those who wish to believe that they have access to secret teachings or spiritual methods that others have not got. Naturally, this idea is attractive to the proud ego's that want to believe that we have the special key to enlightenment and others do not, I am more advanced than he etc, but the reality is that it is rooted in pride, and if we cannot see that then perhaps we are not as developed spiritually as we are inclined to deludedly kid ourselves. The impact of Neognosticism and its effectiveness in such spiritual pursuits remains to be seen and will undoubtedly unfold within the fullness of time.
I believe this book to be essential reading if you wonder why the feminine principle (often identified with the soul, as opposed to spirit) has been so demeaned and diminished in our culture. I have a great many books that look at restoring the lost feminine; what this one clarifies, through careful and thorough research, is what happens when a metaphor - a profound and essential metaphor in the search for truth – is taken literally. Yes, the well-known struggles, oppression and bloodshed that come from a notion of in-groups and out-groups, when one group believes they alone have access to The Truth. Disastrous.
So there are literal truths and symbolic truths. They have a very different meaning, and range. How differently we'd look at the teachings of mainstream Christianity if we took that latter perspective.