My name is Andrew Phillip Smith and I am the author of several books and articles on Gnosticism, early Christianity and esoterica. My books include John the Baptist and the Last Gnostics, Lost Teachings of the Cathars, Secret history of the gnostics, A Dictionary of Gnosticism, The Gnostics: History • Tradition • Scriptures • Influence, The Lost Sayings of Jesus: Annotated & Explained, Gnostic Writings on the Soul: Annotated & Explained, and The Gospel of Philip: Annotated & Explained. I’m also editor of The Gnostic: A Journal of Gnosticism, Western Esotericism and Spirituality.
Now out: Gnostic Tendencies
Gnostic Tendencies collects new and rare material by Andrew Phillip Smith on Gnosticism and lost gospels from over 15 years of research. In addition to articles previously published in magazines such as Fortean Times, New Dawn and The Gnostic, several essays were specially written for this book. An autobiographical preface and introductory chapters help the reader unfamiliar with Gnosticism.
Chapters look at subjects such as:- the soul and spirit • Empathy and Gnosticism • The ancient and esoteric city of Alexandria • Alternative views of Judas • the Gospel of Thomas • Gnostic scriptures • dubious lost gospels and more
Praise for Andrew Phillip Smith:-
“Hans Jonas wrote that in order to understand Gnostic teachings, one needed something like a musical ear whereby to discern the subtleties of this worldview. Andrew Phillip Smith, in addition to his fine scholarship, possesses this musical ear.” Stephan Hoeller, author of Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing
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