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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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Modern people do not understand that the Christian ideals to which half the world attempts to conform comprise a description of the results of a specific inner act and inner inquiry. Easier said than done most of us, believers and non-believers alike, have lamented.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. The depth of truth concealed in the Gospels has probably been beyond the comprehension of the vast majority of humanity for centuries, let alone much of the hierarchy of the Church which has tried to convey those truths. If you enjoy reading for reading sake and like to hear personal stories and adventures, then you will probably enjoy this book.

What Father Sylvan seems to be saying is that there are very few real Christians because in order to be a Christian you first have to be fully a human being, and there aren’t very many of those either. His teaching stories are very “Gurdjieff” — is it a story?

Yet it is all animated by something else as well. I will re-read it. It is the attitude of someone who has done the same thing thousands of times, every day of his life.

Lost Christianity

Having renounced all other spiritual work and [they] concentrated wholly on this one doing, that is on Guarding the Heart, convinced that, through this practice, they would easily attain every other virtue whereas without it, not a single virtue can be firmly established Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.


Unavailable for several years, Lost Christianity is a profound reexamination of the essence of Christian thought and faith. Philosopher and bestselling author Jacob Needleman has sought out the ancient texts and modern practitioners of essential Christianity, whose message speaks directly to contemporary seekers.

It shows its value in the doing. Aug 09, Ryan rated it really liked it Shelves: A book of two halves; If my memory serves christianitty well, I believe a large por A philosopher investigates, out of genuine interest, a question of faith that many church goers may never ask It is a good book, but boring, needlemsn and drawn out. 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 chrisyianity ways, forgotten?

Similarly, wisdom and compassion are results. I started this book years ago and then came back to it thinking that it was about something profound. Father Vicent is a Catholic Priest that he shares a room with while giving a five day lecture at some prestigious Catholic college on the East Coast of America. DoubledayJan 1, – Christianity – pages. I recommend reading it in a group in order to flesh out the many consciousness altering ideas and “taste” the book more fully within community.

I failed to flow with his rambling stream of consciousness. Sylvan that he wanted to be given to Mr.

Preview — Lost Christiantiy by Jacob Needleman. He seeks to twist answers so he can assert his foregone conclusion.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books losh want to read. Through that we discover everything. One was a Russian Orthodox bishop named Anthony Bloom, a deeply serious man who struck Needleman as being unlike any other Christian he had ever met. Not nfedleman complete waste of time, however, just because he does push on boundaries that need to be pushed.

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 jcob esoteric relationship between religion and spirituality, and why the two can appear at once mutually exclusive and yet inseparable.


Each one of Needleman’s “three Christians,” answers this question with a slightly different emphasis. For me, this jacib was OK but not great.

There is clearly something remote and mechanical about his movements. NOT that we have forgotten our needs. Our speed and the constant bombardment of our media have done that quite handily, Thanks Very Much. David Johnson rated it it was amazing Apr 22, I am always nourished by the portraits of the three Christians.

He tells how three 20th century Christians sought to reconnect with those early methods. Want to Read saving…. Needleman introduces us to three Needleman presses into the some of the deepest questions of life Christianity today. Nov 29, Mike rated it really liked it.

In the meantime I have read a lot of other books about religions and spirituality. Oct 28, Fr. Lkst Mind should be in the Heart – a distinctive feature of the third method of prayer.

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We jump in and do the practice. The physical discipline accomplishes what thinking cannot. To ask other readers questions about Lost Christiantiyplease sign up.

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