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The Mysteries of John the Baptist: His Legacy in Gnosticism, Paganism, and Freemasonry Paperback – 24 Oct 2012
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""The Mysteries of John the Baptist" is a recommended coverage for any collection interested in the mystery of John in Freemasonry and the historical Baptist as presented in the gospels and early histories...a powerful spiritual and religious survey recommended for Christian and new age holdings alike."
"In "The Mysteries of John the Baptist, " Tobias Churton has produced a remarkably fresh analysis of the "herald of the Messiah." The great value of this book is that Churton provides not only a careful overview of the role of John, as handed down in Christian tradition, but gives us a unique and erudite reanalysis of the role of the Baptist using the lenses of Gnosticism, Freemasonry, and other esoteric traditions that have elevated John to a position equal to or superior to Jesus. This book is a truly invaluable addition to scholarly literature on John the Baptist."
"Mr. Churton has a deep understanding of the Gospels thanks in part to his desire to ask questions that go well beyond the accepted creed. Add to that his desire to place the Gospels in real historic and esoteric contexts, and the result is a work that deserves a spot among the most sophisticated interpretations of Jesus's era."
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BIOGRAPHY / RELIGION ." . . a unique and erudite reanalysis of the role of the Baptist using the lenses of Gnosticism, Freemasonry, and other esoteric traditions that have elevated John to a position equal to or superior to Jesus. This book is a truly invaluable addition to scholarly literature on John the Baptist." --The Rev. Jeffrey J. Butz, S.T.M., instructor of religious studies at Penn State University and author of The Secret Legacy of Jesus Few Freemasons today understand why the most significant date in the Masonic calendar is June 24th--the Feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist and the traditional date for appointing Grand Masters. Nor do many of them know that Masons used to be known as "St. John's Men" or that John the Baptist was fundamental to the original Masonic philosophy of personal transformation. Starting with the mystery of John in Freemasonry, Tobias Churton searches out the historical Baptist through the gospels and ancient histories, unearthing the real story behind the figure lauded by Jesus's words "no greater man was ever born of woman." He investigates John's links with the Essenes and the Gnostics, links that flourish to this day. Exposing how the apostle Paul challenged John's following, twisting his message and creating the image of John as "merely" a herald of Jesus, the author shows how Paul may have been behind the executions of both John and Jesus and reveals a precise date for the crucifixion and the astonishing meaning of the phrase "the third day." He examines the significance of John's severed head to holy knights, such as the Knights Templar, and of Leonardo's famous painting of John. Churton also explains connections between John, the summer solstice, fertility rites, and ancient Jewish harvest festivals. Revealing John as a courageous, revolutionary figure as vital to the origins of Christianity as his cousin Jesus himself, Churton shows how John and Jesus, as equal partners, launched a covert spiritual operation to overcome corruption in the Temple of Jerusalem, re-initiate Israel, and resurrect Creation. TOBIAS CHURTON is Honorary Fellow of Exeter University, where he is faculty lecturer in Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry. The founding editor of the magazine Freemasonry Today, he holds a master's degree in Theology from Brasenose College, Oxford, and is the author of several books, including Gnostic Philosophy, The Magus of Freemasonry, and The Invisible History of the Rosicrucians. He lives in England.See all Product description
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The best thing in this book is that it made me feel compelled to search for more information and understand better that time from which we have so few documents, and look for the other side of this story, so I can reach my own conclusions
I was hooked from page one. For me, spirituality has been about asking the questions and paying attention to where they lead me. Religion on the other hand has answers depicted in stories--often misleading--and questionable. For instance, Churton's book, written like a true mystery, was able to address and answer the questions: "Who were the 'early' Christians?" and "What is aqua vitae?"
This book contributed to the expansion of my interest in the Nasoraens as a community, as well as exploring the Sabian/Mandaean/Gnostic mythology. The Mandaeans are still found in small communities in Iran, Iraq and Syria and continue to be persecuted by Islamic forces to this day. Surprisingly, Sweden has sheltered the largest surviving group of this baptismal based ancient religion, the oldest and least understood among the ancient communities.
Tobias Churton stands out as one of the leading writers of our time, in his ability to demystify the past thus leading us to the wisdom of the Wise Ones who came before us; those who 'knew' that knowledge, goodness, kindness, harmlessness and Love are at the root of true religion.
Churton's sharp wit and his keen intellect, fueled by his theological education, including impeccable research, points to his Biblical and historical knowledge. His work is both inspirational and educational offering us the light of inspiration, much needed in today's world. Churton is not afraid to address many of the questions that I have encountered on my own spiritual journey. This led me to preorder his next book, JERUSALEM!, the biography of one of our world's greatest poets, the immortal William Blake.