Secrets of Esoteric Christianity: The Two Marys, the Two Families of Jesus, and the Incarnation of Christ

Front Cover
Temple Lodge Publishing, 2005 - Christianity - 224 pages
For years, theologians have agonized over the contradictory accounts of Jesus' birth as written in the gospels of Luke and Matthew. Can they be reconciled, given the fact that they contain completely different narratives? Demonstrating a remarkably erudite approach and authoritative knowledge of biblical sources and other primary texts, Dr. Childs sheds new light on arcane disputes by revealing secrets of esoteric Christianity--in particular the mystery of two mothers named Mary and the different families of Jesus. Such mysteries--including the meaning of the "virgin conception"--have remained hidden and protected within mystery centers by initiates through the past two millennia. Today, however, these matters can be spoken of openly.

Dr. Childs begins by thoroughly examining the doctrine of "Adoptionism," the notion that Jesus was "adopted" as the Son of God after his birth. Did the Christ incarnate into Jesus at the Baptism in the River Jordan, as many Biblical authorities claim? The author provides an overview of the Gospels, introducing the seminal research of Rudolf Steiner as a key to penetrating some of their enigmas. He also studies the relevance of the ancient mystery centers in relation to Christianity and discusses how Christianity itself can be seen as "mystery."

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

A Brief Overview
34
Mystery Centres and Christianity
68
The Two Families
104
First Adam and Second Adam
142
Problems with the Two Marys
176
Is a Child a Thing
194
Conclusion
213
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2005)

Dr. Gilbert Childs attended the Steiner/Waldorf teacher-training course at Michael Hall in the UK after war service. He later studied at four universities, his doctoral thesis being "Steiner Education as Historical Necessity." After teaching at state and Steiner/Waldorf schools, Dr. Childs tutored for twenty years in a continuing-education college for severely physically disabled students. In his retirement, he is a full-time author and an avid gardener.

Bibliographic information