Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes has 28 ratings and 7 reviews. Reveals the hidden meaning of the Grail and a secret Christian doctrine for achieving high. Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes by Mark H. Gaffney, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Mark H. Gaffney’s Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes is just such a book, filled with new insights and information into the history of Christianity as seen through.
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This was the real meaning of the Last Supper and why the Naassenes believed that Jesus was the fulfillment of all the Mystery traditions.
I was persuaded that several scholars were right to conclude that Hippolytus had stumbled onto one or more mystical writings that were never intended for public consumption and had embedded them in gnkstic Refutation.
Many competent scholars have erred in this regard.
Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes : Mark H. Gaffney :
The Naassenes had one or more books out of which Hippolytus of Rome largely quotes nqassenes the Philosophumenawhich professed to contain heads of discourses communicated by James, the brother of Jesusto Mariamne. Given the negative impression that these studies almost always generate, their typically dismissive conclusions are not surprising.
Salome marked it as to-read Dec 02, This is the divine bliss—hidden, and yet revealed—of that which was, is, and will be—the kingdom of heaven to be sought for within. Today, however, increasing numbers of Christians are disenchanted with the standard salvation formula. They find neither comfort nor inspiration in tedious sermons and they resent ministers who lay guilt trips on members of the congregation.
There’s a lot of ‘wink wink nudge nudge’ to Gaffney’s writings where he attempts to intertwine Gnostic teachings with other theologic ideologies throughout time but he’s never able to be quite clear about the correlation, preferring to leave it with the reader by proclaiming nothing more than that the correlations are obvious.
I also found buried in the text a wealth of thematic connections and, by implication, a coherent body of teachings. Harrison rated it liked it Jul 27, We are going to examine powerful evidence that the Gnostic element was present in Christianity from the beginning, and was, in fact, the very heart of the teachings of Jesus.
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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. For instance, he dilates much on the Phrygian rites, and the whole section seems to be a commentary on a hymn to the Phrygian Attis.
Tom Mc rated it it was amazing May 14, In fact, much of what passes as Christianity has nothing to do with the original teachings of its founder. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. You already feel you know these Gnostics and their mystical beliefs so well that the thhe word-for-word text from Hippolytus is an afterthought, a chance to see the actual mechanics of his refutation, naasseness all that it embodied and conveyed.
Mathgirl77 rated it it was amazing Jun 18, 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. Jerimi Meyers marked it as to-read Aug 20, Elliott Teters added it Feb 09, In reading the Naassene Sermon, what becomes strikingly obvious about the sect is its syncretism.
As a result, they tend to regard not only Church corruption but all of the above as symptomatic of a deeper malady: In this respect, strangely enough, the Sermon finds strong tje in archaeology, which has amply demonstrated that Christianity did not arise in a vacuum.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Kyle rated it really liked it Serets 22, Even today Irenaeus and Hippolytus hold a special place of respect among orthodox scholars and are studied by each new generation of Christian theologians.
Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes
This book has been written with them in mind, which brings us back to the matter of origins Scholars generally agree that during its first centuries Christianity faced serious competition from numerous rivals, including Mithraism, Judaism, the official cults of Rome, various other pagan Mystery religions, and Gnostic Christianity. Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes. Hippolytus declares that the verses of Paul in Romans 1: Retrieved from ” https: Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes Mark H.
Using the symbolic Naassene Sermon, Gaffney helps us decipher the secret teachings of the Gnostic inner circle that the Church would go to such great lengths to silence and be rid of, which included the central truth of immanence and the concept of the indwelling God in man.
But it is not necessary, and you can read the book with relish without them. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x 20mm Thank God for your book’s clarity, rigor, and hopefulness I’d attempt to go into greater detail with this review, but after using two weeks of brainpower just waiting for something exciting to rear its head in this book, I’m simply too exhausted. Fragments of a Faith Forgotten.