Here is a summary from the Encyclopedia of Religion. ESOTERICISM. Esotericism has several meanings. After presenting a list of them, this article deals with the use of the term in scholarly parlance and with the various approaches toward this academic speciality in religious studies. A VARIETY OF MEANINGS. The substantive esotericism seems to have first … Continue reading What is esotericism?
He’s a few thoughts I want to throw up for discussion. If we follow the Apostle Paul’s example in Athens and elsewhere, then when explaining ourselves to Pagans we should emphasize cosmic Christology over ecclesiastic Christology and the resurrection’s implications for the creation over those for the covenant. Or to put it simply, how Jesus … Continue reading Christian Theology in Esoteric Contexts
I thought I would share some interesting nuggets of information about pentacles as used in tarot and esoteric ritual. Pentacles in the Tarot Did you know that the pentacles of the tarot weren't always pentacles? The four suits of the minor arcana of the tarot are popularly known as swords, cups, wands and pentacles. That the … Continue reading Why pentacles are unnecessary for the Esoteric Christian
So what does C4 contextualisation look like for me, given that the Western esoteric community is my “indigenous” context? For me C4 contextualisation means a kind of Christianity that is esoteric flavoured yet still fundamentally Christ centred. It is not a haphazard syncretism; it is not merely a Christian veneer over a Pagan substrate. If … Continue reading Christ centred, Esoteric flavoured
An unusual juxtaposition of reading material has got me thinking about esoteric Christianity and anabaptist Christianity and their relative strengths and weaknesses. On the one hand I've been rereading "Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition" by Gnostic author Richard Smoley. In this book Smoley discusses the Secret Church, the Johnanine church within the Pererine … Continue reading Why esoteric Christianity will never reform the church
One of the reasons I value interfaith dialogue is that it helps me to see my own faith in new ways. For example, in conversing with the esoteric community over the years one of the things that has been highlighted for me is how distinctive Christianity is in terms of its emphasis on story. Esotericists … Continue reading Story, Symbol and Spirituality
Pagans over at the Wild Hunt Blog have been celebrating suggestions that the Pope may be moving towards officially recognizing Mary as co-redemptrix. Even if this is true I think their celebrations may be premature if they think this is equivalent to a shift towards feminism. If anything the Papal line against feminism seems to … Continue reading Will a co-redemptix make everything warm and fuzzy?
Ah, here's a guy who understands the difference between esoteric Christianity and mystic Christianity and can actually articulate it fairly well: Esoteric Christianity is often, as in the case of this table, seen to be synonymous with Mystical Christianity. However, the fit is not quite exact. Esotericism is characterised by two main features: (1) an inner … Continue reading Esoteric Christianity versus Mystical Christianity
I was just wondering how many of you, if any, have heard of the O.T.O., or Ordo Templi Orientis to give it its full name? I find the O.T.O. comes up relatively frequently in conversations with Pagan friends, though often at the butt of some joke about how obsessed they are with order in ritual … Continue reading Ordo Templi Orientis
He who has true authority needs no sword. Nor is true authority found in the sword. Jesus commanded Peter, "Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?" "Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the … Continue reading Meditations on the Tarot – The Emperor
Enthroned One comes Bright morning star Offering second birth Crossing the Styx Chariot borne Bridging kingdom to earth Answer me this Asks the dark sphinx For your life it is worth! Merkabah dreams What do they mean? He smiles at you with mirth