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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Sectets helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes: In fact, much of what passes as Christianity has nothing to do with the original teachings of its founder.
The Grail discussed therein nxassenes not naassejes actual chalice but a symbol of the indwelling of the divine. Immanencein the true sense intended by Jesus, thus allows for spiritual attainment in this life by ordinary individuals without the intermediary of Church or priest. This was the real meaning of the Last Supper and why the Naassenes believed that Jesus was the fulfillment of all the Mystery traditions. Paperbackpages.
Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes: The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Nov 17, Michael Hurd rated it really liked it. Jan 22, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: A most interesting book, which posits that Christianity 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 author makes a pretty fair argument that the Gnostic concept of immanence was an essential part of the message which Jesus wanted to pass on to his followers. In particular, the teachings of the branch of Gnostic called the “Naasseenes” were most closely in tune with th A most interesting book, which posits that Og missed the core naasssenes the teachings which Jesus left behind in it’s scramble toward ths and consolidation of power during naaseenes Council of Nicea and later such meetings.
In particular, the teachings of the branch of Gnostic called the “Naasseenes” were most closely in tune with this current in Jesus’ philosophy, and the Last Supper can be seen as a metaphor for the initiatory process which potentially make each of us recognize the spark of the divine within us.
Of course, such knowledge would make the Roman Catholic Church teachings unnecessary, hence the casting of Gnostic teachings into the “outer darkness”.
I appreciated that the author did not shy away secretx showing how Pagan teachings influenced the early Christian church and that he does that without apology. I also appreciated the footnoting, which allowed me to verify the quotes.
Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes: The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper by Mark H. Gaffney
I don’t have an extensive library of Gnostic teachings, but if you have a bible, and the most important of the biblical apocrypha texts, you can do this as well. But it is not necessary, and you can read the book with relish without them. I will say that on occasion that I did not agree with what the author extrapolated based on a given texts, sometimes he reaches a bit far in my opinion. 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.
I’m going to donate my copy to the local Unitarian Universalist Church library. Apr 17, D. Mark Gaffney has somehow managed to take an interesting topic Gnostic Christianity and turn it into the most mundane, droll and tiresome subject possible.
There’s a lot of ‘wink wink nudge nudge’ to Gaffney’s writings where he attempts to intertwine Gnostic teachings with other theologic ideologies throughout time but he’s never able to be quite clear about the correlation, preferring to leave it with the reader by proclaiming nothing more than that the correlations are obvious.
I’d attempt to Mark Gaffney has somehow managed to take an interesting topic Gnostic Christianity and turn it into the most mundane, droll and tiresome subject possible. I’d attempt to go into greater detail with this review, but after using two weeks of brainpower just waiting for something exciting to rear its head in this book, I’m simply too exhausted. Returned to the library without finishing.
May the powers that be steer anyone interested in Gnosticism far clear of this one, it could sour you on the topic for a lifetime. Feb 08, jcg rated it liked it. Interesting book, but more association of ideas and speculation than scholarship. There is a great deal of comparison of ideas from Christianity, Judaism, Egyptian religion and teachings from India.
In the end, I wasn’t sure what the point of the book was.
Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes
There is so much information and comparison that the message gets a little clouded, if not lost altogether. I think Gaffney is saying that the original teaching of Christianity was of the immanence of God in the world and that this position is Interesting book, but more association of ideas and speculation than scholarship. I think Gaffney is saying that the original teaching of Christianity was of the immanence of God in the world and that this position is supported by evidence from other religions.
Lot’s of information about the symbolism of water, quotes from the old testament and descriptions of Egyptian temples, but all this data, while presented well, is not well linked together. Aug 06, Ian Kloester rated it liked it. Made a nice follow on to reading the DaVinci Code but it’s nowhere near as gripping as Dan Brown’s series of thrillers.
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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.
Gaffney argues, however, and this is a rather more accepted viewpoint since the Nag Hamnadi documents have been made accissible that actually, the Naassene sermon is far more likely to be a far more original and authentic record o 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.
Gaffney argues, however, and this is a rather more accepted viewpoint since the Nag Hamnadi documents have been made accissible that actually, the Naassene sermon is far more likely to be a far more original and authentic record of Christian religion and practises than the edifice of authoritarian Church and State of Rome that came after it. He examines what the significance of the symbolism of Water and Cup, among other things, might symbolise in terms of being lodestones to true enlightenment.
At this point, it might be worth looking at where Gaffney is comng from with all this. As a Christian, he too is looking for something that got badly lost and distorted, once this religion became an instrument of contril, where independent thinking was discouraged, even persecuted, over the centuries. Furthermore, the baby – or rather on this case, the snake, symbolising Gnosis, or experiential spiritual insight – was well-and truly thrown out with the bathwater.
I was please to see from the bibliography that Gaffney does stick to scholarly sources, rather than dodgy channelled theosophical sources in this assay into such a recondite topic.
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. Rob Travis rated it liked it Aug 07, Sean rated it liked it Jun 03, David Michael Smith rated it it was amazing Sep 19, Laura Lawless rated it really liked it Jan 26, Dale Beach rated it it was amazing Feb 13, Justin Swanstrom rated it really liked it Jun 28, Ryan Brown rated it really liked it Feb 02, Mathgirl77 rated it it was amazing Jun 18, Eric marked it as to-read Mar 01, Konstantinos Karagiannis added it Mar 09, Amy marked it as to-read Sep 03, Lisa Audino marked it as to-read Apr 07, Chris Feldman marked it as to-read Jul 27, Bea Dugan added it Nov 10, Ronald added it Dec 14, Elliott Teters added it Feb 09, Phil added it Dec 08, Anna Penwick added it Feb 02, Cheri marked it as to-read Aug 02, Shaun Mccann, added it Apr 21, Inner Traditions added it May 02, Dee added it Jun 24, Joshua added it Oct 10, Zulma Sanchez added it Apr 14, Iglesia Gnostica marked it as to-read Dec 02, Salome marked it as to-read Dec 02,