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Apr 22, Lynda Stevens rated it really liked it. According to this view, it played no part in the formative period of Christianity, nor was it a tradition in itself.

From the living waters which he supplies each absorbs that for which his nature has attraction.

Of course, the official representatives of the various orthodox churches would probably dispute this in the strongest terms. Book ratings by Goodreads. Hippolytus placed them squarely at the head of his index and devoted five substantial chapters to refute them, more space by far than he allotted to any other heterodox group. Part of a series on Gnosticism. The message recorded in the Naassene Sermon naaassenes intended for an inner gnosticc of disciples who were prepared for advanced initiation into Jesus’ wisdom teachings.

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Robinson exemplified this trend. These chapters include detailed background information, an account of the rediscovery of the Refutation, a review of past scholarship, and commentary. Lisa Audino marked it as to-read Apr secrtes, Mead has suggested that all of this is in reference to the Kundalini: He seems to have used all the four Gospels, but that of which he gnosric most use is St. He lives in Oregon show more. He lives in Oregon.


Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes Mark H.

Immanence, in the true sense intended by Jesus, thus allows for spiritual attainment in this life by ordinary individuals without the intermediary of Church or priest. Bishop Irenaeus was naassnes of the first to warn his fellow Christians about the insidious danger.

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Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes: The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper by Mark H. Gaffney

Too many centuries stand between then and now. We have no information about when the Naassenes were finally dispersed; Hippolytus is our only source. Paperbackpages. For the restoration of the chosen seed an essential condition is the complete abandonment of sexual intercourse between men and women. Even those scholars who have struck a more sympathetic tone have usually imputed a negative value to Gnosticism, suggesting, for example, that it was thw form of escapism.

Thus they arrive at the Jordan. Laura Lawless rated it really liked it Jan 26, Indeed, many are angry because they believe they have been deceived or lied to by the Church. How, then, do we account for the remarkable resurgence of interest in Gnosticism over the rhe two centuries? To the Naassenes, Jesus taught that ordinary men and women could transcend their secretw and reach immanence with God, no middle-man required, and it is because of this blatant heresy the Naassenes were condemned.

An adequate commentary did not appear until A very interesting feature of the book seems to have tge the specimens it gave of Ophite hymnology. Open Preview See a Problem?

Chris Feldman marked it as to-read Jul 27, I was no less impressed by the clarity, insight, integrity, and originality of the Naassene interpretation of the evolving Judaic tradition that had reached its culmination in the birth and life of Jesus. Indeed, we have no information about gnosttic sect at all except what he preserved in his Refutation. Unlike the institutional Church, which sought to sever every link with antiquity, this group insisted on maintaining continuity with the past.


Thus, as nawssenes proceed, we are led to think of the first principle of nature, not as a single threefold being, but as three distinct substances; on the one hand the pre-existent, otherwise spoken of as the Good being, on the other hand the “outpoured Chaos ,” intermediate, between these one called Autogenes, sedrets also the Logos.

Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes : The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper

Chaos is naturally destitute of forms or qualities; neither does the preexistent being secretts 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.

Yet all crave devotion and all are in search of deeper answers about their faith.

Rob Travis rated it liked it Aug 07, They generally hold that the New Testament is a completed work of revelation, a done deal. Furthermore, the baby – or rather on this case, the snake, symbolising Gnosis, or experiential spiritual insight – was well-and truly thrown out with the bathwater.

I love books that explore alternative viewpoints to the traditional and orthodox concept of Christianity and the history of Christian beliefs.