Look for my next book, A Theology of Love: Reimagining Christianity through “A Course in Miracles.” Out from Inner Traditions International in November The website maintained by Richard Smoley. Inner Christianity A clear-eyed but compassionate approach to the real meaning of Christian loveā€”in all its. Richard Smoley is an author and philosopher focusing on the world’s mystical and esoteric Smoley’s second and best-known book, Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition, was published in by Shambhala Publications.

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While it is true that bad things sometimes happen to good people, there is more justice in the universe than is commonly admitted, and most people most of the time receive their due.

Jacob Boehme, a seventeenth-century German shoemaker who wrote a number of profound works on esoteric Christianity, was chrustianity Lutheran, as was Chrisianity Swedenborg, the great Swedish polymath whose clairvoyant powers inspired him to write voluminous descriptions of his journeys to the spirit world. Usually this is seen as a change christiwnity life direction: In ordinary life, attention is directed outward, toward the world of sensations, thoughts, and feelings.

Sep 29, Rafi rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: He is reluctant to state metaphysical truths; rather, he accepts the constraints of his profession and understands the symbols he examines simply as truths about the human psyche.

Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition

Otherwise, we would find ourselves co nfr onted with the dilemma that occurs to every thoughtful nine-year-old in catechism class: Yet even if these needs are met, the mind often begins to smley itself around plans and worries about the future.


Spirituality, religion, mysticism, psychology, sexuality Conscious Love: They are there because they want to be there and because they would not be comfortable anywhere else. It is the chi-rho, so called because it is smoleey monogram of these two Greek letters, chi, X, and rho, P, which are the first two letters of the name of Christos, kpiordq j n Greek.

While some versions of Christianity teach that the punishment for the Fall is damnation to an eternity in hell, this is not what the Bible cnristianity.

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Those who, in effect, renounced their baptism by infidelity or heresy were killed. Rather, it came from a knowledge that went deeper than the letter of the law. But politics secular and sacred do not fully explain the failure of Gnosticism.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books innfr want to read. Fundamentalists hold to scriptural inerrancy: Christ was able to take them on, as many passages in the Gospels show, but his authority did not come from erudition or skill in debate.

Valentinus, one of the greatest of the Gnostics, traced his teachings back to Paul. Outer Christianity also focuses on salvation in the afterlife.

Biography – Richard Smoley

Yet we can make this step. In the fifteenth century, the Kabbalah was overtly introduced to the Christian tradition, and it has remained a part of esoteric Christianity ever since.

He has served as guest editor of Science of Mind magazine, and works as a consultant for the New Century Edition of the works of Emanuel Swedenborg, sponsored by the Swedenborg Foundation in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Jun 01, Bob Couchenour rated it it was amazing. We just “knew” that this religion or at least its institutions was to blame for all of western society’s ills. At the same time, remorse and repentance have to have smolet. This is one reason Gnosticism has come into intellectual fashion in recent decades.


Most of us have found it unpleasant or hostile at times. The third-century Church Father Origen writes: For the time being, we would probably be best served neither by condemning it nor by cooking up factitious reasons for its existence. Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson.

So let us take one circle as the level of the human plane: To order The Christiamity Game of Shiva. I had been searching for a book or books dealing with the other nuances of Christian worship.

This book is an attempt to create something more accessible. In the s and s Smoley continued his spiritual investigations, working with Tibetan Buddhism, the teachings of G. If you pay attention, you can catch a glimpse of two things: I first read this book in Fundamentalism requires us to take Genesis literally, believe that people used to live hundreds of years, and accept various odd but miraculous interventions of God in history.

Not surprisingly, the answers are manifold:

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