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Jesus and the Lost Goddess: The Secret Teachings of the Original Christians

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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...

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An Absolute "Must Read" for understanding True Gnosis

This book is excellent in showing to the reader the true meaning of gnosis. In fact, I found it to be one of the most insightful and knowledgeable books I have read concerning the hidden meaning of words, ideas, people and places in the Christian Bible. Without being preachy Freke has shared his great understanding of the analogies in the Bible and helps us to understand that the words written there are to be taken any way but literally. His bibliography and footnotes are well worth reading and are chocker-block full of historical information. Our world is so totally out of balance now. Dr Freke shows that the Lost Goddess ie. Sophia, anima, the feminine etc. is needed for balance within our society. It is not until the "two become one ie. The Mystical Marriage" unites that what divides us that true consciousness and communion with God can take place. The key is to end our separateness with God/energy/whatever and become unified within ourselves (The Kingdom is Within) and within our world. The book is very well written and will be used as a source of reference and spiritual guidance by me for many years to come. I highly recommend this book to all of those interested in the spirit as opposed to "religion."

Great theory, finally fills in the gaps! This makes sense!!

Great book, well written and extensively researched and foot-nooted. A refreshing read for anyone interested in the teachings and meaning of Jesus and the subsequent birth of the formal Church, especially put in the context of the time and place of his alleged ministry. Makes cogent, articulate arguments for many of their hypothesis; in fact after reading it, you'll wonder how it is not clear to the rest of the world. It also demonstrates quite clearly that the winners do indeed get to write the history, and the truth often gets lost along the way. As can be seen by some of the reviews posted here, not something that fundamentalist/ literalists will enjoy or even credence ( there are no leaps of faith required here, merely an open mind), but anyone who wants to know why we thirst for the 'divine' will enjoy this book.

A Great Book with no "after-death threat."

After reading this book I've come away with a better understanding of a way of Christianity that was sadly suppressed by the political power-brokers of the day, namely the Roman Empire and ideologically rigid bishops. The authors examination of Paul as a Gnostic leader is very revealing. The deep connections between Gnostic teachings and Neo-platonic philosophy are also very penetrating. Best of all, I think I have a better handle on the whole notion of the Holy Spirit. Its a sublimation of the Goddess Sophia, which, in turn, is a sublimation of spiritual becoming in a corporeal context. (This interpretation will resonate with process theologians.) In short, this is a stunning book which will stimulate a lot of reflection.

Here is Wisdom....

As much as I valued the authors' first book on the subject, I must say that I value this effort even more. This work goes beyond presenting the history of gnosticism, to setting forth the actual gnostic teachings in absolute crystal clarity. When you think about it, giving such clarity and accessibility to gnostic thought is a phenomenal achievement in and of its self. Unlike more academic studies, or outright translations, where you sense that the author or translator doesn't comprehend gnosis at all, here you have a definate feeling that you are getting teachings from true initiates. The analogy of the circle of the self with the One Consciousness of God at the center, radiating all of our individual psyches into the many seemingly separate bodies and egos of the physical world at the circumference is extremely well expounded. Yes, you find the same teaching in Plotinus, but only after wading through hundreds of pages of deliberately obscure prose. Oh yes, the connection of the gnostic teachings to the gospels is the best I've seen. The meaning of formerly difficult passages veritably leaps out at you. The authors mention in passing that when a student starts on the gnostic Way, meaningful coincidences often occur. This book was released on the date of my own birthday. I could not think of a finer or more appropriate gift. Thank you.

Here is Wisdom....

_As much as I valued the authors' first book on the subject, I must say that I value this effort even more. This work goes beyond presenting the history of gnosticism, to setting forth the actual gnostic teachings in absolute crystal clarity. When you think about it, giving such clarity and accessibility to gnostic thought is a phenomenal achievement in and of its self. Unlike more academic studies, or outright translations, where you sense that the author or translator doesn't comprehend gnosis at all, here you have a definate feeling that you are getting teachings from true initiates. The analogy of the circle of the self with the One Consciousness of God at the center, radiating all of our individual psyches into the many seemingly separate bodies and egos of the physical world at the circumference is extremely well expounded. Yes, you find the same teaching in Plotinus, but only after wading through hundreds of pages of deliberately obscure prose. _Oh yes, the connection of the gnostic teachings to the gospels is the best I've seen. The meaning of formerly difficult passages veritably leaps out at you. _The authors mention in passing that when a student starts on the gnostic Way, meaningful coincidences often occur. This book was released on the date of my own birthday. I could not think of a finer or more appropriate gift. Thank you.
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