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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A man can bring about his own evolution, his own completion, individually.

A fresh and honest look at Christianity — a book that should be read multiple times as a meditation on life. William Volpiano rated it it was amazing Nov 15, The idea of levels of Christianity may never again be known in the West. NOT that we have forgotten our needs.

David Johnson rated it it was amazing Apr 22, Open Preview See a Problem? I just finished reading Lost Christianity by Jacob Needleman. The author received the monk’s journals, using christianify to explore the deeper levels of Christianity. Father Sylvan, an Egyptian monk? Return to Book Page. 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 Mike rated it it was ok Christiianity 23, What do Christians want?

Even a sophisticated Coptic Egyptian prelate radiates this intense inner Life.

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We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your curistianity favourite book. Jul 28, Peter Jamieson added it. Needleman is a wonderful teacher-as-writer.

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Sylvan at an airport for a few hours and then never saw him again. Father Sylvan is the main person from which he learned. We need the intermediate level. But what strikes me again and again, even in the writings of Father Sylvan, is the way Neesleman seem almost afraid of these body-based spiritual exercises, even though they were practiced by the church fathers.

Can the “lost Christianity” be rediscovered and be a catalyst for humanity’s spiritual development? The first part is about his encounter with three different Christians: It is the attitude of someone who has done the same thing thousands of times, every day of his life.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. No trivia or quizzes yet. I felt an overwhelming gratitude toward God that he had given me this work to do.

Socrates said all it takes is long, attentive Recollection. There are no Christians! 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.

Where such capacity-building discipline is still found, however, is in the Eastern spiritual traditions where practitioners learn to diminish the ego, extinguishing the sense of self that makes loving thy neighbor so dang problematic. This book is one to re-read every couple of years.

In the state of prayer one is vulnerable.

Awakening to Numinous Joy: Lost Christianity

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Paperbackpages. As I said – I need to reread it. But I kept thinking, as I read page after page about cautious Christians who contemplated a basic exercise like sitting still and in silence, Just do it! Here is the quote of St. Cheistianity of the great advantages of this teaching is that it dovetails with so much of Eastern religion. The writings of an honest seeker.


A book of two halves; If my memory serves me well, I believe a large por A philosopher investigates, out of genuine interest, a question of faith that many church goers may never ask Needleman answers my two biggest questions: It should guard the heart while it prays, revolve, remaining always within, and thence, from the depths of the heart, offers prayers to God Everything is in this: 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.

Needleman introduces us to three Christians in order to explore the question, “what is the heart of Christianity? Here lies the origin of sin and repentance, on the border between heaven and hell. Jacob Needleman is a follower of Gurdjieff who was also a profes 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.

In the meantime I have read a lot of other books about religions and spirituality. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.