Start your review of Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition Write a review Sep 29, Rafi rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: people seeking an independent Christianity that respects tradition. I first read this book in And have been re-reading it sporadically ever since; each fresh review brings greater understanding. As a free lance esotericist, I have been exploring related subjects for more than 50 years. But I am a 5th generation native of the Pacific NW, raised with the traditional views of the area. Meaning without religion at all.
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Start your review of Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition Write a review Sep 29, Rafi rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: people seeking an independent Christianity that respects tradition.
I first read this book in And have been re-reading it sporadically ever since; each fresh review brings greater understanding. As a free lance esotericist, I have been exploring related subjects for more than 50 years. But I am a 5th generation native of the Pacific NW, raised with the traditional views of the area.
Meaning without religion at all. In addition, I am a left-wing labor populist. My view of Christianity was mostly that of the usual dismissive attitude of many activists. We I first read this book in Few realize that, logically, this is akin to condemning the entire idea of democracy because people are uninformed, the media trivializes or ignores important issues, and officials are more concerned with campaign money than the common good.
Particularly in this era of economic determinism. In my own case, the powerful environment of the NW always affected me in a way I would now call a form of nature mysticism. Late in life, I earned a degree in botany with a forestry minor. I soon concluded that ecosystem preservation could not be done without addressing the need for economic equity.
As an American, I had to learn how to present the case within the framework of western religion I already had an extensive background, both by experience and by research, in what Smoley calls the western esoteric tradition. A legacy that extends back to ancient Egypt. A legacy that I found to be, much to my surprise, also deeply at home within a Christianity rarely acknowledged by church hierarchs and virtually invisible to the general public.
Although now an overworked cliche, it is, however, true that change in the greater culture begins with spiritual change in the individual self. What Smoley has done is no less than situate what he calls inner Christianity within the whole arc of western civilization. Yet he does much more. This book is also an appeal to the practical mind. He shows what works and why. And he does so by means of a terminology that separates difficult concepts into understandable levels in order that we are able to grasp some idea of the immensity of whole: the infinite divine.
He gives us the full truth. That this Way is hard work, takes time, and is sometimes dangerous. Crossing that abyss is birth of the process towards spiritualized being. The legacy of a Christianity which recognizes the potential divinity within every human. This book, Inner Christianity, is quite simply the best manual out there. I am always able to understand the "deep" of Christianity, a bit better each time I pick it up.
Im looking forward to following up on several books that were mentioned, and I also feel that I gained a good foundation to help me digest other materials.
I highly recommend the book for those who are drawn to this topic. Fantastic overview and touchstone for further inquiry I found Inner Christianity to be a fantastic overview of the deeper understandings of Christianity and a touchstone for further inquiry.
Add to Cart About Inner Christianity Inner Christianity is the first introduction to mystical and esoteric Christianity for the general reader. It speaks from a nonsectarian point of view, unearthing insights from the whole of the Christian tradition, orthodox and heretical, famous and obscure. The esoteric tradition has traditionally searched for meanings that would yield a deeper inner knowledge of the divine. While the Church fought bitterly over dogma, the esoteric borrowed freely from other traditions—Kabbalah, astrology, and alchemy—in their search for metaphors of inner truth. Rather than basing his book around exponents of esoteric doctrine, scholar Richard Smoley concentrates on the questions that are of interest to every searching Christian. How can one attain direct spiritual experience? What does "the Fall" really tell us about coming to terms with the world we live in?
Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition
He received his M. Editorships[ edit ] Smoley moved to San Francisco in In the s and s Smoley continued his spiritual investigations, working with Tibetan Buddhism, the teachings of G. Gurdjieff , and A Course in Miracles. He was also a member of the board of directors of the now-defunct San Francisco Miracles Foundation, an organization sponsoring the work of A Course in Miracles.
Cancel anytime. People who bought this also bought In addition, the book explores the many myths of Jesus and the Goddess and unlocks the lost secret teachings of Christian mysticism, which promise happiness and immortality to those who attain the state of Gnosis, or enlightenment. In Forbidden Faith, Richard Smoley narrates a popular history of one such truth, the ancient esoteric religion of gnosticism, which flourished between the first and fourth centuries AD, but whose legacy remains even today, having survived secretly throughout the ages.