The Wisdom Research of Dr. Stephan A. Hoeller

Gnostic Theory and Practice

The Secret Book of John, trans. Stevan Davies Gnostic Theory & Practice

Did you ever wish for a Gnostic scripture that covers the entire Gnostic myth from beginnings in the Pleroma, through the vicissitudes of Sophia, the demiurgic formation of the Universe and the existential struggle of humanity, to the promise of a glorious liberation?  In In this series Dr. Hoeller reviews and comments upon just such a scripture:  In The Secret Book (or "Apocryphon") of John.  In the first 5 lectures in this album Dr. Hoeller introduces a fine new translation of the The Secret Book Of John: The Gnostic Gospel by Prof. Stevan Davies (available at

Lectures 6 through 10 comprise the portion of this album dedicated to Gnostic Spiritual Practices.  Within the context of this Gnostic world view it is essential that there should be spiritual practices assisting souls in their quest for Gnosis.  The Gnostic Gospel of Philip states:  "The Lord did everything in a mystery:  A Baptism and a Chrism, and a Eucharist and a Redemption and a Bride-Chamber".  Dr. Hoeller discusses these five initiatory mysteries as well as other Gnostic practices and the context of Gnostic mysteries in the past and present.

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