SECRET HISTORY OF THE GNOSTICS Book
This book offers long-awaited illumination on the mystical movement that teaches 'gnosis'--knowledge of God as opposed to unquestioning faith. Smith delves into the myths and practices of this ancient movement, exploring its popularity during the second century, its subsequent decline under the weight of orthodoxy in the Church, and its present-day resurgence. Gnosticism's emphasis on personal over organized religion, in keeping with the doctrine of the early Christian era during which it thrived, has found particular resonance with today's multicultural world.
This is not simply an authoritative account of one sect's practical beliefs and customs; it is, in effect, a manifesto, an appeal to those inspired by or drawn to, the Gnostic faith not to forget its origins. 6X9 P/B, 256 pp.