Secret Schools of Mystery and Civilization

“Few realize the extent to which the ancient secret schools influenced contemporary intellects and, through these minds, posterity. Robert Macoy, in his General History of Freemasonry, pays a magnificent tribute to the part played by the ancient Mysteries in the rearing of the edifice of human culture. He says , in part: ‘It appears that…

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Hermeticism and Unity with God

“Another system that should perhaps be fitted into the Gnostic framework is Hermeticism. It is very diverse and it draws its material from many sources within the Western Mystery traditions; it considers that the whole of mankind is on a spiritual journey that is designed to return to a state of unity with the mind…

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Mystery Schools and Ancient Philosophers

“From indisputable facts … it is evident that philosophy emerged from the religious Mysteries of antiquity, not being separated from religion until after the decay of the Mysteries. Hence he who would fathom the depths of philosophical thought must familiarize himself with the teachings f those initiated priests. … The Mysteries claimed to be the…

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Gnostics, Gnostic Teachings, and Gnostic Schools

“Early Gnostic writings show that the tendency to isolate Gnostics and repress anyone who did not conform has always existed. … During the third period of the interaction between Gnosticism and Christianity—that is, from the end of the second century to the forth century—there was a significant shift within Gnosticism, In some ways it went…

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