Unavailable for several years, Lost Christianity is a profound reexamination of the essence of Christian thought and faith. Philosopher and bestselling. A more recent book in the Gurdjieff tradition puts very clearly the implications of all this for Christianity. Lost Christianity by Jacob Needleman is. Needleman calls the element missing from Christianity (lost around the end of the Middle Ages, if not before) “”ontological love.”” This he.

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Lost Christiantiy

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. I was still in that mood of disgust with religious dogma that the chridtianity of Marilyn Robinson had inspired, wanted to get back to a Christianity that cristianity more sane. Everything was motionless in eternity. NOT that we have forgotten our needs. Obedience and keeping a pure conscience toward both God and manyou will smooth for yourself a true and straight path to the third method of attention and prayer which is the following: Needleman asks Bloom about the spiritual exercises of the early church fathers.

Lost Christiantiy by Jacob Needleman

And another quote from Father Sylvan: The book winds down after those first hundred pages. It is a good book, but boring, long and drawn out.

Needleman does not present another work on Gnosticism, Christian contemplation, esoteric teachings, or hidden gospels; instead he indicates that a change of heart an almost ontological change, and not merely one in thought and emotion is necessary for even the most rudimentary Christian teachings to take root and become REAL in a person’s lived experience.


As people move through stages of faith, is there any hope of being able to remain within the fold of the “old religion” which is often steeped so deeply in doctrine and dogma that authentic spiritual experience is backgrounded it and in some ways, forgotten?

Christopher rated it it was ok Feb 23, A book need,eman two halves; If my memory serves me well, I believe a large por A philosopher investigates, out of genuine interest, a question of faith that many church goers may never ask He is essentially seeking the contemplative heart of the Christian tradition from an intellectual point of view, and so looks for a hidden tradition, or an esoteric relationship between religion and spirituality, and why the two can appear at once mutually exclusive and yet inseparable.

A first-rate top-class book, full of wisdom and heart. The idea of levels of Christianity may never again be known in the West.

A philosopher rather than a theologian, Jacob Needleman asks hard questions: I will re-read it. I took it out of storage because I have an ongoing interest in Christianity. In any event, Needleman’s exposition, while full of personal warmth and candor, is unremittingly vague and diffuse. This needlema challenges the reader to re-think almost everything they understand about “lost” Christianity. Should they be helped or not?

Vicent except that maybe Christianity was a constant search? All humans and societies and civilizations progress through stages of development, from lower to higher.

The idea behind all sacred writing is to convey a higher meaning than the literal words contain, the truth of which must be seen by Man internally. I resigned myself to admit that the book was written for academics, philosophers and theologians. No trivia or quizzes yet. They are psychological documents. There was a problem adding your email address. Bobby Riggs rated it it was amazing Jul 19, It should guard the heart while it prays, revolve, remaining always within, and thence, from the depths of the heart, offers prayers to God Everything is in this: Nor is it enough merely to reach for both at the same time.


Who was I, trying to make sense of it?


We need the intermediate level. By using our website you agree jacog our use of cookies. He acknowledges that what we see as “‘progress’ in the modern world is “characterized as an imbalanced attention to the outward direction force of life combined with a false identification” of the “inner realm” of who we think we are.

Rather, he asks as a chrisitanity and a man who has asked himself some of the most existential questions about being human. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The writings of an honest seeker.

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Exploring the interior life, spirituality, and creativity. It is striking that Needleman asks all these questions as a non-Christian.

I read it a bit too quickly because it was so compelling, so I didn’t stay long enough with some of the complexities.