“The Hand of the Mysteries” by J. Augustus Knapp from The Secret Teachings of All Ages (1928)

The New Age and Gnosticism

The needs of today’s New Agers echo those of our ancient ancestors

The term “gnosticism” exists today in the eye of the beholder. I repeatedly have to correct the auto-spell function that capitalizes the word, because gnosticism, in my view, can no longer sustain a strict historical and religious meaning. This reflects its innate quality as a heterodox, syncretic, and…

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Mitch Horowitz

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