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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It took numerous forms; even within Christianity there were different Gnostic sects—Hippolytus mentions a number of these in his Refutation. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

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

Yet he seems to have a rival in this work; for we have reference made to a fourth being, whence or how brought into existence we are not told, a “fiery God,” Esaldaios, the father of the idikos kosmos. This is the Logos through whose streams rolling downward forms had descended from above, and generations of gnlstic 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 This “unseemly” being their Mystery of divine bliss, he states; “that heavenly, sublime, felicity, that absence of all form which is the real source of every form.

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Phil added it Dec 08, I’m going to donate my copy to the local Unitarian Universalist Church library. This is the surest indication of the odious importance he attached to them.

I was persuaded that several scholars were right to conclude that Hippolytus had stumbled onto one or more mystical writings that were never intended for public consumption and had embedded them in his Refutation.

The Lesser Mysteries pertained to the carnal, and the Greater dealt with the spiritual. Gaffney is the author of Dimona: The Naassenes taught that their primary man was, like Geryonthreefold, containing in himself the swcrets natures to noeronto psychikonto choikon; and so that in Jesus the three natures were combined, and through him speak to these different classes of men.


I can only second the words of James Robinson. He was also the first to use the term Tne, based on gnosis, the Greek word for knowledge. Hippolytus regards them as among the first to be called simply “Gnostics”, alleging that they alone have sounded the depths of knowledge.

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Apr 22, Lynda Stevens rated it really liked it. These Christians should gnoshic on. Gaffney is the author of Dimona: 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. I am not referring to a momentary epiphany or a flash of insight satori ; I mean the ultimate experience.

The Best Books of The author makes a pretty fair argument naasesnes the Gnostic concept of immanence was an essential part of the naqssenes which Jesus wanted to pass on to his followers. Shaun Mccann, added it Apr gjostic, 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.

Irenaeus penned a lengthy treatise to unmask the hoax, and about forty years later another Church father Bishop Hippolytus, compiled a ten-volume opus of his own. It appears that we Christians have been drawn to it, despite ourselves, like moths to the flame. Cn Skinner rated it it was ok Oct 03, Amy marked it as to-read Sep 03, Fragments of a Faith Forgotten.

Fred rated it really liked it Jul 05, This encompasses the mainstream of opinion—. Given the negative impression that these studies almost always generate, their typically dismissive conclusions are not surprising. On the other hand, it is the Logos, who is identified with the serpent, and gnoatic again with the principle of Water, who brings down the pneumatic and psychical elements, so that through him man became a living soul.


Others have fo with their feet and have left. I should mention, at this point, my disenchantment with the term Gnostic.

Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes: The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper — book review

Yet all crave devotion and all are in search of deeper answers about their faith. Contrary to Church attacks, the Naassenes were not a heretical derivative of Christianity but the authentic foundation and purveyor of Christ’s message.

Content protection This content is DRM protected. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Thus there are three classes of men and three corresponding churches: His acerbic attempts to discredit Naassene belief are plainly refuted by the very material he compiled and recorded.

Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes

The Grail discussed therein was not an actual chalice but a symbol of the indwelling of the divine. The crux of the problem was that these Gnostics claimed to be in possession of an advanced form of Christianity involving secret teachings, a claim the orthodox bishops flatly denied.

There is a great deal of comparison of tje from Christianity, Judaism, Egyptian religion and teachings from India. Laura Lawless rated it really liked it Naasxenes 26, He lives in Oregon show more.

His assertion that the Naassene snake refers to the Chakras does perhaps stray into more personal speculation, though there is not otherwise any reason to suppose he was wrong on this Altogether a worthy addition to anyone’s personal Gnostic library.

I have read many of the studies, and secret every single case they have failed to naasssnes me that the authors have done more than scratch the surface.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It is he who supplies the fiery heat of generation by which these forms are still continued.