A Different Christianity: Early Christian Esotericism and by Robin Amis

By Robin Amis

This publication offers the esoteric unique center of Christianity with its problem for illuminating and therapeutic the internal lifetime of the person. it's a bridge to the usually tough doctrines of the early church fathers, explaining the religious psychology of the fathers that underlies the present renewal of spirituality within the Greek church. This renewal, like this ebook, is heavily associated with the understandings of the trendy priests and abbots on Mount Athos. a unique Christianity turns out to be useful to the practitioner, in addition to to the student, delivering new insights into the issues of learning and following the religious direction outdoors of a monastery.

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But is this true? The thesis of this book is that Christianity too has or had such a tradition, but that in the development of reason, humanism, and then the physical sciences, that inner tradition has been effectively forgotten or lost. 9 I should expand too on the idea that this tradition has been effectively lost. The fact is that the Christian inner tradition is not entirely lost, but its significance has been lost to sight and, as a result, its actuality has been neglected or reduced to a curiosity.

Because of this, little of this early knowledge is understood today, and what is still understood has been so totally absorbed into modern thought - and so distorted and fragmented by attempting to “correct” it to fit the scientific views of our time - that we do not recognize its origins. Yet much of this ancient knowledge has survived in different forms. Some of them remain within the mainstream of the churches, often the Eastern. Some survive in the records of specific developments in the history of the church, and for historical reasons which will become clear, some have gone fully underground, so that when they emerged it was without the form and often without the approval of the church.

16 And Clement himself wrote: “And the gnosis itself is that which has descended by transmission to a few, having been imparted unwritten by the apostles. ”17 But then, this book exists to help us recreate those old interpretive tools and with them again to make connection with that ancient knowledge, through just those channels used by those holy men of old, through three processes: To draw on personal observation and direct experience, related to the comments of others, so as to discover certain current concerns, personal as well as those concerning our whole civilization; to take cognizance of the experiences that give rise to them; to give an idea of why they have been forgotten or ignored for so many centuries; and finally to show how they are fundamental concerns that have lasted as long as Christendom, and are often rooted in inner and often mystical experiences that have recurred since the earliest days of the Christian era To illiminate this by study of the esoteric tradition, so as to show how the early Christian tradition of inner knowledge relates to both personal and social concerns and experiences that have become important in our contemporary life Finally, to comment as necessary on the relation of the two, in keeping with the methods of that early tradition, and analyze them with tools of contemporary but not purely intellectual understanding 16 It should be noted in this last that this kind of understanding must include a full intellectual content, and with this there is always a danger that, to the untrained mind, such a text will look as if it is pure intellectualism.

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