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Annie Besant

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Esoteric Christianity - Or The Lesser Mysteries (1901)

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Esoteric Christianity
Published1918 First editionNo
FormatHardcover (185 x 120mm) Edition2nd
PublisherThe Theosophical Publishing House Printing
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Series No of pages404


In this book Annie Besant looks at the deeper truths underlying Christianity, for which she cites passages from scripture, noncanonical gospels, and writings from Church Fathers. She also shows how this secret information was passed down from teacher to student throughout the ages within the Church hierarchy, and discusses fundamental Christian principles from an esoteric perspective.

Annie Besant, who was a renowned rationalist before she became involved in the Theosophical Society, had initially described Mme Blavatsky as "a crazed dabbler surrounded by simpletons". She had dismissed HPB's journal Lucifer as "mere ravings" only months before writing a glowing review of The Secret Doctrine and said upon reading it: "If I perish in the attempt, write on my tomb 'She has gone to investigate the doctrines at first hand'." (Source: Alf Corlett, Art of the Invisible, Bede Gallery, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, UK, 1977)

Referenced in Benjamin Creme (1996), The Ageless Wisdom Teaching, p.61.


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