Wisdom's Children: A Christian Esoteric Tradition

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SUNY Press - 370 עמודים
The first book in English to provide an in-depth introduction to the Christian theosophic tradition that began with Jacob Bo¬hme, Wisdom s Children brings us into a startling new world of experiential spirituality that is in fact the Christian equivalent of Sufism and Kabbalism. With biographic introductions to major theosophers and detailed discussions of theosophic authors such as John Pordage, Jane Leade, Dionysius Freher, and Johann Gichtel as well as a survey of their major theosophic cosmological and metaphysical teachings this book is an indispensable guide to the hidden history of Protestantism and its ramifications today.

With chapters discussing theosophy in relation to Gnosticism, magic, astrology, alchemy, and other Western esoteric traditions, Wisdom s Children is situated solidly in its historical context using primary works from the tradition itself. The book also provides unexpected insights into how this modern gnostic tradition speaks to us today, and suggests how this tradition could spark a new Renaissance to link spirituality, the arts, and the sciences in a new and encompassing vision.

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Prior to this book I didn't know much about early Theosophy nor some of the early Theosophists/Alchemists like Jacob Boehme, Conrad Beissel, and Johannes Kelpious. It's an incredibly well-written and ... קרא סקירה מלאה

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BOhme
3
Johann Georg Gichtel and His Circle
29
The Visionary Science of Dr John Pordage
39
Jane Leade the Philadelphians and the Doctrine
57
Dionysius Andreas Freher Allen Leppington and William Law
79
Johannes Kelpius and Pennsylvania Theosophy
89
Christopher Walton and His Theosophic College
113
PART
127
Penetrating the Merely Astral
207
PART FouR
217
Alchemy and Theosophy
235
Theosophy and Chivalry
247
Theosophy Herbal Medicine Magic and Astrology
259
PART FIVE
275
Toward a New Psychology
283
Hierohistory and Metahistory
293

The Divine Emanation of Worlds
135
Spiritual Regeneration
143
Conclusion
153
The Science of Imagination
157
The Eye in the Heart
169
The Physiology of the Soul
177
Turning Wrath into Love
197
Revelation Authority and the Apostolic Tradition
309
CONCLUSION
319
NOTES
327
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
353
INDEX
367
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Arthur Versluis is Assistant Professor of American Thought and Language at Michigan State University. His previous books include The Hermetic Book of Nature: An American Revolution in Consciousness; Gnosis and Literature; Theosophia: Hidden Dimensions of Christianity; and Native American Traditions, among others.

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