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Gnostic Philosophy
From Ancient Persia to Modern Times

Foreword by Christopher McIntosh

Part one--Antiquity
1--Before the Gnostics
Also Sprach Zarathushtra
The Wise Lord
That Old Devil Time
Mithra the Mediator
Enter the Demiurge
2--From the Magi to St. Paul
Jewish Themes
The Anthropos: Man
The Unknown God and the Demiurge
Philo of Alexandria
The Essenes
The Book of Enoch
Life at the Dead Sea
Stone Theology
3--The First Gnostics
Hans Jonas: The Gnostic Religion
The Irresistible Character of Gnosis; or, "The Spirit Is Willing"
Being Is Seeing
Clement of Alexandria: The Gnosis Truly So-called?

Part two--The Middle Ages
4--Magic in the Middle Ages
Neoplatonic Theurgy
Celestial Hierarchies
Light Metaphysics
After the Pact
Kabbalistic Magic
Roger Bacon
5--The Sufis
The Insights of Sufism
Sufis and Philosophy
Maulana Jalal-ud-din Rumi: Sufi Master
Interesting Times
6--The Troubadours
Prologue: The Two Worlds
What Is a Troubadour?
The Ladies in His Life
The Rules of Love: Miraval's Guide to Successful Courtship
Was the Fine Love a Spiritual Love?
The Allegory of Love
Troubadours and Cathars
The Last Song
The Joy That We Have Lost
Creation Is the Product of Pain
Were the Troubadours Sexual Mystics?
7--The Knights Templar
Templars and Cathars
The Templars and the Gral
Templars in Search of the Stones
Conclusion: Gnostics in the Temple?

Part three--Enlightenment
8--Jacob Boehme's Theosophick Cosmos
Boehme's Life
Elements of Boehme's Theosophy
The Influence of Jacob Boehme
William Law
Romantic Philosophy
The Neo-Rosicrucians
William Blake
9--Germany 1710-1800: The Return of the Rosy Cross
The Gold und Rosenkreuzers
Masonry in Germany
Radicals Under Attack: Gold und Rosenkreuz vs. the Illuminati
A Real Rosicrucian King (on the Throne of Prussia)
Rosicrucians in Poland
The Asiatic Brethren
10--Freemasonry in France
The Elect Cohens
Eliphas Levi Zahed: A Great Socialist Magician and Occult Revivalist
Levi's Legacy
Magic Revives in France

Part Four--The Modern Age
11--A New Aeon: Aleister Crowley
Aiwass: Messenger of the Gods
The Book of the Law
The Crisis
Aleister Crowley: Sex Magician
Sexual Alchemy
12--Light in the Jar
Carl Jung
13--Gnosis and the New Physics
The Copenhagen Interpretation
14--Gnosis Today: A Personal View
Rudolf Steiner
Gnosis and Ecology
Hipgnostics: Popular Music
The Arts


About the Author

Tobias Churton is a filmmaker and the founding editor of the magazine Freemasonry Today. He studied theology at Oxford University and created the award-winning documentary series and accompanying book The Gnostics, as well as several other films on Christian doctrine, mysticism, and magical folklore. He lives in England.


"Recommended for upper-level academic collections that specialize in early Christianity, religion, or philosophy." * Brad Matthies, Butler Univ. Lib., Library Journal, Feb. 1, 2005 *
"Exhaustive (but not exhausting) in scope and copiously annotated, [Churton's] work will spice up virtually any reading list of Gnosticism and early Christianity. . . . will pique the interest not only of professional academics but anyone interested in the Gnostics through the centuries." * Publishers Weekly, Jan. 24, 2005 *
"Churton separates the wheat from the chaff and disposes of unnecessary speculations and fantasy. To get a good handle on what Gnosticism is really all about (and isn't), a great place to start is with Gnostic Philosophy by Tobias Churton." * Robert Burns, New Dawn, Nov-Dec 2005 *
"GET THIS BOOK. This is, quite simply, one of the best books I have read this year. Though I could, with plenty of justification, describe this work as erudite, witty, humorous, profound, engaging, or any of a number of depictions, none of these would convey the sense of validation I got with devouring its pages." * Sven Davisson, Ashe! Journal of Experimental Sexuality, 2005 *
"We desperately need a solid historical overview of Gnosticism which is historically credible and yet not too academic to put it out of reach of the average reader and this book is it. To get a good handle on what Gnosticism really is (and isn't), a great place to start is with Gnostic Philosophy by Tobias Churton." * Living Traditions, May 2007 *

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