The Secret History of the Gnostics


Their Scriptures, Beliefs and Traditions

Gnosticism has traveled a fascinating path, from the Manichaeans in Persia between the 3rd and 7th centuries, to the triumphs and tragedies of the Cathars in southern Europe between the 12th and 14th centuries, to, finally, today’s Mandaeans in Iraq. However the revival of Gnosticism extends further than these sects, offering inspiration to a legion of literary figures, including Dan brown and Philip Pullman. Gnostcisim’s emphasis on personal over organized religion, in keeping with the doctrine of the early Christian era during which it thrived, has found particular resonance with today’s multicultural world.

The Secret History of the Gnostics is not simply an authoritative account of one sect’s practical beliefs and customs it is, in effect, a manifesto, an appeal to those inspired by or drawn to the Gnostic faith not to forget its origins.

Published by Watkins Publishing 19 November 2015, 256 pages ISBN-10: 1780288212