A new webinar by Richard:

Gnosis and the Gnostics: From Ancient Times to the Present

Today there is much talk of the Gnostics, the ancient visionaries, long-reviled as heretics, who may have possessed the keys to the deepest secrets of Christianity. Who were the Gnostics? Where did they come from? Did they leave any descendants? More importantly, what is gnosis and is it useful to us today?

In this four-part webinar, Richard Smoley will draw upon his book, Forbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism, to explore these topics. Individual classes will discuss: (1) The Gnostic Problem: the nature of the universe and the source of evil; (2) Ancient Gnosticism: Gnostic teachings and teachers from the first to the fourth centuries AD; (3) The Gnostic Legacy: whether and how ancient Gnosticism may have survived up to the present; (4) Gnosticism Today: Gnostic influences on culture from the eighteenth century on, with discussion of personal experience of gnosis.

Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Central time [UTC-05]

April 12 - May 3 (4 classes)

Cost: $40 for members of the Theosophical Society; $50 for nonmembers

Magic and the Occult

Magic can be defined as causing effects in the physical world through supernatural means. It is universally practiced. Today, our ideas of magic and the occult have been filtered through Hollywood films and horror fiction. But what's the truth behind these mysterious phenomena? Is there anything more to magic than sleight of hand? In this lecture, Richard Smoley draws on his books Hidden Wisdom and Supernatural to give a clear, level-headed introduction to this baffling subject.

Selected Works

Enjoyable and intelligent essays on topics ranging from prophecy and hidden masters to Atlantis and Freemasonry.
Spirituality, religion, mysticism, psychology, sexuality
A clear-eyed but compassionate approach to the real meaning of Christian love—in all its forms.
Prophecy; occult
The key texts of this celebrated prophet, with commentary and biography
Spirituality; Religion
The story of the hidden mystical stream of Christianity
A guide to the mystical and esoteric teachings at the heart of Western civilization
A guide to the mystical and esoteric teachings at the core of Christianity.