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Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes has 28 ratings and 7 reviews. Reveals the hidden meaning of the Grail and a secret Christian doctrine for achieving high. Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes by Mark H. Gaffney, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Mark H. Gaffney’s Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes is just such a book, filled with new insights and information into the history of Christianity as seen through.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. The orthodox view is that the Christian faith owes nothing to Gnosticism. Elliott Teters added it Feb 09, Our fatal attraction to a notorious creed is no fluke; it is a real phenomenon, well attested to by the many papers and books that scholars grind out each year on the subject. In the process of allowing the Secregs to speak for themselves and tell their own very different story, secdets will arrive at conclusions that are utterly subversive to orthodox Christianity and which, I predict, will eventually stand tradition on its head.

No one’s rated or reviewed this product yet. Hippolytus regards them as among the first to be called simply “Gnostics”, alleging that they alone have sounded the depths of knowledge. Early Gnostic Christian sects.

The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper. Ratings and reviews No one’s rated or reviewed this product yet. The teachings involved the awakening of spirit and included practices aimed at restoring the soul’s lost connection with God.

Kyle rated it really liked it Feb 22, About the author Mark H.

Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes: The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper

But overall I agreed with him and I think this would be an excellent book to read if you are liberal Christian, a student of comparative religion, or a member of an Earth-centered faith.

A most interesting book, which posits that Sdcrets missed the core of the teachings which Jesus left behind in it’s scramble toward orthodoxy and consolidation of power during the Council of Nicea and later such meetings.

The book focuses on a composition by third-century C. This is the Logos through whose streams rolling downward forms gnostci descended from above, and generations of mortal men had taken place; but now Jesus, like his Old Testament namesake, rolls the stream upwards, and then takes place a generation not of men, but of gods, for to this name the new-born seed may lay claim Psalms Zulma Sanchez added it Apr 14, Today, however, increasing numbers of Christians are disenchanted with the standard salvation formula.


Yet all crave devotion and all are in search of deeper answers about their faith. The Naassenes had one or more books out of which Hippolytus of Rome largely quotes in the Philosophumenawhich professed to contain heads of discourses communicated by James, the brother of Jesusto Mariamne.

Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes : The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper

Chris Feldman marked it as to-read Jul 27, After many frustrating delays, the trove was finally published in its entirety in Laura Lawless rated it really liked it Jan 26, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

I appreciated that the author did not shy away from showing how Pagan teachings influenced the early Christian church and that he does that without apology.

His acerbic attempts to discredit Naassene belief are plainly refuted by gjostic very material he compiled and recorded. He was also the first to use the term Gnostic, based on gnosis, the Greek word for knowledge.

In this respect, strangely enough, the Sermon finds strong support in gnostiic, which has amply demonstrated that Christianity did not arise in a vacuum. The problem, as we shall see, has zecrets to do with Gnosticism—it has everything to do with the adequacy of scholarship itself. Be the first to ask a question about Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes. Mark Gaffney has somehow managed to take an interesting topic Gnostic Christianity and turn it into the most mundane, droll and tiresome subject possible.

But if they return to Egypt, that is to carnal intercourse, “they shall die like men. I’m going to donate my copy to the local Unitarian Universalist Church library.

I can only second the words of James Robinson.

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On the other hand, it is the Logos, who is identified with the serpent, and this again with the principle of Water, who brings down the pneumatic and psychical elements, so that through him man became a living soul. Although the myths of the earlier Ophite system are naasesnes lightly touched on, there is some trace of an acquaintance with them, as for example the myth that Adam was brought forth by the Earth spontaneously; he lay without breath, without motion, without stirring, like a statue; being made after the image of the First Man, through the agency of several Archons.

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Open Preview See a Problem? This historic watershed has come within reach thanks to a serendipitous confluence of events. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemlyand receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

In Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes Mark Gaffney deciphers the message recorded in the highly symbolic Naassene Sermon, a lesson intended for an inner circle of disciples who were prepared for advanced initiation into Jesus’ wisdom teachings.

This page was last edited on 22 Octoberat Within the seed— nsassenes —is the Mystery of the Logos, as it is the original cause of all things that exist.

Too many centuries stand between then and now. Inner Traditions added it May 02, This book overall is certainly a pretty scholarly dissertation on how this important fragment of Gnostic lore should be interpreted within the context of the times and beyond the attempts of the emerging established Church to refute it as the heresy it is claimed to be.

The actual Hebrew word for snake is nahash. A very interesting feature of the book seems to have been the specimens it gave of Ophite hymnology. Hippolytus declares that the verses of Paul in Romans 1: