Gnostic Mysteries Of Sex.
Gnostic Mysteries Of Sex
Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
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9781620554210, $19.95, 320pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: In "Gnostic Mysteries of Sex: Sophia the Wild One and Erotic Christianity", author Tobias Churton (Britain's leading scholar of Western Esotericism, a world authority on Gnosticism, Hermeticism, and Rosicrucianism) takes the reader on an exploration of the sexual practices and doctrinal secrets of Gnosticism. "Gnostic Mysteries Of Sex" rReconstructs the lost world of Gnostic spiritual-erotic experience through examination of every surviving text written by heresiologists; investigates the sexual gnosis practices of the Barbelo Gnostics of the 2nd century and their connections to the Gnostic Aeon Sophia, the Wild Lady of Wisdom; and explains the vital significance of "the seed" as a sacrament in Gnostic practice.
Examining every surviving text written by heresiologists, accounts often ignored in favor of the famous Nag Hammadi Library, Tobias Churton reveals the most secret inner teaching passed down by initiated societies: the tradition of sexual gnosis--higher union with God through the sacrament of sex. Discovering actual sex practices hidden within the writings of the Church's authorities, he reconstructs the lost world of Gnostic spiritual-erotic experience as taught by initiated masters and mistresses and practiced by Christian couples seeking spiritual freedom from the world.
Critique: Exceptionally well researched, written, organized and presented, "Gnostic Mysteries of Sex: Sophia the Wild One and Erotic Christianity" is a complete course of instruction under one cover and should be considered essential reading for anyone studying the Gnosticism movement and practices of the first three centuries of Christianity. Impressively informed and informative, as well as thoroughly 'reader friendly' throughout, "Gnostic Mysteries Of Sex" is very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Metaphysical Studies, Gnostic Studies, and Ancient Christianity Studies reference collections and supplemental curriculum reading lists. It should be noted that "Gnostic Mysteries Of Sex" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).
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|Date:||Nov 1, 2015|
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