Esoteric Christianity: Or the Lesser Mysteries
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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Chapter IX The Trinity
Chapter X Prayer
Chapter XI The Forgiveness of Sins
Chapter XII Sacraments
Chapter XIII Sacraments Continued
Chapter XIV Revelation
Chapter VIII Resurrection and Ascension
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