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Richard Smoley is an author specializing in spirituality and religion. Richard was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, in He took another B. The most important part of his stay at Oxford came from his contact with a small group that was studying the Kabbalah, one of the mainstays of the Western esoteric tradition.
It was here that he was first introduced to many of the ideas he has discussed in his books and articles. After two years at Oxford, Richard moved to San Francisco in During this time he continued his spiritual investigations, working with teachings ranging from Tibetan Buddhism to A Course in Miracles.
After four years of writing for Gnosis and a brief stint as managing editor, he came on board as editor in November In his eight years as editor of Gnosis , he put together issues of the magazine on subjects as diverse as Gnosticism, Freemasonry, G.
Gurdjieff, and the spirituality of Russia. A revised edition was issued by Quest Books in An audio version was released by Audible. The literary magazine The Sun featured him in a lengthy interview on Christianity in its September issue. Richard is a consulting editor to Parabola. He has served as guest editor of Science of Mind magazine, and works as a consultant for the New Century Edition of the works of Emanuel Swedenborg, sponsored by the Swedenborg Foundation in West Chester, Pennsylvania for which he also serves on the board of directors.
He is a frequent contributor to the Australian magazine New Dawn. The Essential Nostradamus contains fresh and accurate new translations of Nostradamus's key prophecies, as well as an evaluation of his work — and of prophecy in general.
This is an accessible and engaging history of the secret currents of Western civilization — including Gnosticism, Manichaeism, Catharism, Rosicruciaism, Freemasonry, Theosophy, and much more. It also explores how these currents have shaped modern trends and thinkers ranging from William Blake to C. Jung, and, in more recent times, Philip K. Richard lectures and gives workshops throughout the United States and occasionally abroad.
Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition
This banner text can have markup. Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Provides a solid introduction to esoteric Christianity. Inner Christianity helps correct that mistake by spelling out, clearly and thoughtfully, the subtle interior mysteries of this religion. This book could help many, Christians and others, find a new level of intelligence in Christian thought and practice. It could change the direction of your spiritual life. Drawing upon a wide range of mystical and esoteric literature and practice, he shows how multidimensional is the Christian message, and how profound its understanding of the nature and purpose of the psyche.
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While the institutional church has frequently set boundaries limiting what ideas, beliefs, and practices could be considered Christian, Smoley, a former editor of Gnosis magazine, reminds readers that A great survey. Richard Smoley. An eye-opening introduction to the complex world of esoteric Christianity—perfect for the general reader This guide to mystical and esoteric Christianity speaks from a nonsectarian point of view, unearthing insights from the whole of the Christian tradition, orthodox and heretical, famous and obscure. The esoteric tradition has traditionally searched for meanings that would yield a deeper inner knowledge of the divine.
Richard Smoley is an author and philosopher focusing on the world's mystical and esoteric teachings, particularly those of Western civilization. Smoley was born in Waterbury, Connecticut , in He attended the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, and took a bachelor's degree magna cum laude in classics at Harvard University in Smoley went on to Oxford University , where in , he received a second bachelor's degree from the Honour School of Literae Humaniores in philosophy and classical literature. He received his M.