Forbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism

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Harper Collins, Nov 17, 2009 - Religion - 256 pages
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The success of books such as Elaine Pagels's Gnostic Gospels and Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code proves beyond a doubt that there is a tremendous thirst today for finding the hidden truths of Christianity – truths that may have been lost or buried by institutional religion over the last two millennia.

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 A.D., but whose legacy remains even today, having survived secretly throughout the ages.


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It is difficult to know what to make of this book. In spite of the promissory advertising, the book does not answer most of the questions concerning either the origins of Christianity, patristic ... Read full review

FORBIDDEN FAITH: The Gnostic Legacy from the Gospels to The Da Vinci Code

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Forbidden faith . . . in what? A look at the elusive legacy of Gnosticism and its mystical counterparts.In his sometimes disjointed narrative, Smoley (Inner Christianity, 2002, etc.) launches from the ... Read full review


Who Were the Gnostics?
The Heirs of Egypt
The Lost Religion of Light
The War against the Cathars
Gnosis in the Medieval Church
The Sages of the Renaissance
Rosicrucianism and the Great Lodges
The Gnostic Revival
Gnosis and Modernity
The Future of Gnosis

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Richard Smoley was educated at Harvard and Oxford universities and was the editor of Gnosis, the award-winning journal of Western spiritual traditions. He is the co-author (with Jay Kinney) of Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions, and is the author of Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition and The Essential Nostradamus.

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