Esoteric Christianity: Or the Lesser Mysteries

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The Floating Press, May 1, 2009 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 338 pages
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Religious historian Annie Besant offers a new take on standard Christian doctrine and practice in Esoteric Christianity. Building on the precept that Christianity is actually a mystery religion (i.e., one that relies on the inner knowledge or Gnosis of a spiritual teacher or mystic), this book explores some of the connections between Christianity and practices such as alchemy, astrology, and ritual magic, and discusses the implications of these points of correspondence.
 

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Contents

Foreword
6
Chapter I The Hidden Side of Religions
10
Chapter II The Hidden Side of Christianity
36
Chapter III The Hidden Side of Christianity Concluded
60
Chapter IV The Historical Christ
98
Chapter V The Mythic Christ
117
Chapter VI The Mystic Christ
136
Chapter VII The Atonement
153
Chapter IX The Trinity
199
Chapter X Prayer
216
Chapter XI The Forgiveness of Sins
235
Chapter XII Sacraments
253
Chapter XIII Sacraments Continued
270
Chapter XIV Revelation
288
Afterword
302
Endnotes
304

Chapter VIII Resurrection and Ascension
182

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