Wisdom's Children: A Christian Esoteric Tradition

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The first book in English to provide an in-depth introduction to the Christian theosophic tradition that began with Jacob Bohme, 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.
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In what is presented as the first book in English to provide an in-depth introduction to the Protestant theosophic tradition, Versluis (American thought and language, Michigan State U.) provides bibliographic information on major theosophical thinkers (Bohme, Gichtel, Pordage, Leade, and Walton); surveys their metaphysical doctrines; and relates theosophy to alchemy, Gnosticism, Kabbala, and other experiential mystical traditions. Finally, the author argues theosophy's relevance to modern science, psychology, metahistory, and apostolic Christianity. Eight b&w plates illustrate the themes of "Awakening Man" and "The Becoming-Human of Christ." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791443309
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Series: SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


Part One: History

1. Böhme
2. Johann Georg Gichtel and His Circle
3. The Visionary Science of Dr. John Pordage
4. Jane Leade, the Philadelphians, and the Doctrine of Universal Restoration
5 .Dionysius Andreas Freher, Allen Leppington, and William Law
6. Johannes Kelpius and Pennsylvania Theosophy
7. Christopher Walton and His Theosophic College

Part Two: The Cycle of Foundational Doctrines

8. The Divine Nature
9. The Divine Emanation of Worlds
10. The Fall of Lucifer, Humanity, and Nature
11. Spiritual Regeneration
12. Angelology and Paradise

Part Three: The Art of the Soul's Transmutation

13. The Science of Imagination
14. The Eye in the Heart
15. The Physiology of the Soul
16. Turning Wrath into Love
17. Penetrating the Merely Astral

Part Four: Contexts

18. Theosophy and Gnosticism
19. Alchemy and Theosophy
20. Theosophy and Chivalry
21. Theosophy, Herbal Medicine, Magic, and Astrolog

Part Five: Implications

22. Theosophy and Modern Science
23. Toward a New Psychology
24. Hierohistory and Metahistory
25. Revelation, Authority, and the Apostolic Tradition



Selected Bibliography


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