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 ...
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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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Pt. 1 History
1 Bohme 3
2 Johann Georg Gichtel and His Circle 29
3 The Visionary Science of Dr. John Pordage 39
4 Jane Leade, the Philadelphians, and the Doctrine of Universal Restoration 57
5 Dionysius Andreas Freher, Allen Leppington, and William Law 79
6 Johannes Kelpius and Pennsylvania Theosophy 89
7 Christopher Walton and His Theosophic College 113
Pt. 2 The Cycle of Foundational Doctrines
8 The Divine Nature 131
9 The Divine Emanation of Worlds 135
10 The Fall of Lucifer, Humanity, and Nature 139
11 Spiritual Regeneration 143
12 Angelology and Paradise 147
Pt. 3 The Art of the Soul's Transmutation
13 The Science of Imagination 157
14 The Eye in the Heart 169
15 The Physiology of the Soul 177
16 Turning Wrath into Love 197
17 Penetrating the Merely Astral 207
Pt. 4 Contexts
18 Theosophy and Gnosticism 219
19 Alchemy and Theosophy 235
20 Theosophy and Chivalry 247
21 Theosophy, Herbal Medicine, Magic, and Astrology 259
Pt. 5 Implications
22 Theosophy and Modern Science 277
23 Toward a New Psychology 283
24 Hierohistory and Metahistory 293
25 Revelation, Authority, and the Apostolic Tradition 309
Conclusion 319
Notes 327
Selected Bibliography 353
Index 367
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