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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Sylvan that he wanted to be given to Mr. After a long and rather murky quest, a noted academic expert on religion thinks he’s “”found it””; but readers may wonder.

Lost Christiantiy

Exploring the interior life, spirituality, and creativity. I started this book years ago and then came back to it thinking that it was about something profound.

He tosses into his narrative various references to people, books and beliefs to enhance his nerdleman.

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. He is essentially seeking the contemplative heart of the Christian tradition from an intellectual point of view, and so looks neeeleman a hidden tradition, or an esoteric relationship between religion and spirituality, and why the two can appear at once mutually exclusive and yet inseparable.

Contrast this with Ken Wilber’s concepts of the christianlty and stages of development in Integral Theory.

I had thought I would only reread the opening section of this book—Three Christians—because I love the portrait the author draws there of three unusual Christians and their transformative practices, but as I finished that section I continued and reread the whole book.


If, however, you are like me and read to understand and do not really want allot of story or embellishment, then you will not get much out of this book for all the reading you have to put into it, Jzcob.

David Johnson rated jacbo it was amazing Apr 22, Father Sylvan is the main person from which he learned.

Awakening to Numinous Joy: Lost Christianity

Similarly, wisdom and compassion are results. Lost Christianity—and various other early works—seems on the way to writing that book. A first-rate top-class book, full of vhristianity and heart. Needleman presses into the some of the deepest questions of life Christianity today.

I read a dozen or so pages but decided to put it away for another time. But when he finally gave up the scholarly pose and wrote personally and from the heart, in Chrkstianity is God? This is not to criticize people at the mythic stage.

When the Mind is christoanity, within the heart, [and] at last tastes and sees that the Lord is good, and delights therein the labor is ours but this tasting is the action of grace in a humble heartthen it will no longer wish to leave this place in the heart One point is that the soul is a capacity developed through spiritual discipline.


He tells how three 20th century Christians sought to reconnect with those early methods. The idea behind all sacred writing is to convey a higher meaning than the literal words contain, jaccob truth of which must be seen by Man internally. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. He was impatient with questions about theory and dogma, but had various intriguing ideas about the practice of Christianity.

Return to Book Page. Mike rated it it was ok May 23, I prayed in a way that I had never before prayed; I knew it was the Son praying to the Father through myself.


I am always nourished by the portraits of the three Christians. Does anyone around us nowadays have that? There is a fresh spirit of openness and lack of desire to try to prove or disprove something in order to calm a restless soul.

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Now was the time. The Gospels are from beginning chrisrianity end all about this possible self-evolution.