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Lost Christianity [Paperback]

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Pages   228
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 25, 2003
Publisher   Tarcher
Age  18
ISBN  1585422533  
EAN  9781585422531  

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A modern philosophical examination of the essence of Christian thought and beliefs draws on ancient texts and modern practices to consider the lost tenets of the Christian faith. Reprint.

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Unavailable for several years, Lost Christianity is a profound reexamination of the essence of Christian thought and faith. Philosopher and bestselling author Jacob Needleman has sought out the ancient texts and modern practitioners of essential Christianity, whose message speaks directly to contemporary seekers.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The acclaimed author of "The American Soul," "Why Can t We Be Good?" and "Money and the Meaning of Life," Jacob Needleman is Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University, and former Director of the Center for the Study of New Religions at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He lives in Oakland, CA."

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where did inclusive christianity go?  Nov 19, 2008
Lost is what you often feel churchianity is, and if you've been there.. and you opened you eyes.. you felt it.. but you also felt something deeper, and truer.. pulling you.... prodding you.. saying, "don't give up".. like a tomb that Jesus never resurrected from, at least here.. deep beneath the surface.. it took the Needle in the haystack to find it.. Jacob talks of a more inclusive faith.. one that reaches out, instead of slaps... and ihe does it by telling a simple story interspersed with fact and commentary.. and inspires me to find the courage to find what it might mean to actually be a christian
walking the walk of Christianity  Jun 26, 2007
Jacob Needleman describes his pilgrimmage--mental and physical--to understand "where the beef" is in Christianity, that is, where are the practical teachings that would actually train someone to be able to "love one's enemies" and make the other tough moral choices that sound good but seem impossible. He finds his answer "by chance" in an unassuming, Eastern Orthodox priest. Needleman's development of the priest's, and a handful of others', insights into this "gnosis" is intriguing. It reads part like a good detective story and part like a deeply researched theological reflection. I found it a real page-turner, and it gave me hope for how the practice of Christianity might be revitalized to become more than just lip-service performed in a weekly ritual.
Lost Christianity  Mar 27, 2007
I have to give some personal background to situate myself. I am a Hare Krishna devotee exploring Christianity again. This book was valuable because of its orientation. It is focused simultaneously on Needleman's personal journey to find the answers to some key questions about Christianity, and the development of a practical orientation which, I firmly believe, the reader will take away, never forget, and use. Among the fascinating people one meets are an Eastern Orthodox cleric, a mysterious Christian monk evidently from Egypt, and a Western Catholic priest - each of whom is onto something no one else seems to be. No superficial book this; for people who are serious and uncompromising in their quest for spiritual development on an ongoing basis. Practical, private, powerful; not doctrine. Engrossing. Turned it around and began it again; ordered several copies for friends.
Excellent Survey  Jan 20, 2007
Needleman's praiseworthy investigation is, in some ways a contemporizing of the language of Gurdjieff's writings and teachings from the 3rd and 4th decades of the last century. Needleman's search arose in the late 60s as the spiritual search of youth consciousness trended towards Eastern religious practices. He questioned what was failing with the Christian practices that the East promised to fill. His mouthpiece for bringing Gurdjieffan perceptions closer to our times is an English monk, Father Sylvan, steeped in theology from all walks and attuned to a kaleidiscope of practices for 'soul formation' alien to status quo religion. Needleman disclaims Sylvan as his literary invention. Whether he is or not, it's his questions that drive the book. The concluding chapter,'The Lost religion of Love' is a 'pearler', whether you are a Christian or not(I don't claim as much).J G Bennett, in his voluminous publications and study groups, also set about transmitting Gurdjief's perceptions about'inner Christianity' and his writings and exercises are more expansive about energies and the 'two steams' of attention and dispersal. It's curious, given the commonality of their aims and Bennett's prodigious efforts, that he goes unmentioned in this book. Commentary on the writings of the Desert Fathers, on The Cloud of Unknowing, Loyola, Eckhart, Thomas Merton and others are offered in this thought arousing survey whose message of neighbourly love has lost none of its essential poignancy.
Possibly the single most provocative book on Christianity that I've yet read  Apr 28, 2006
I must agree with a previous reviewer who claimed that this book challenges the reader to re-think almost everything they understand about "lost" Christianity. Needleman does not present another work on Gnosticism, Christian contemplation, esoteric teachings, or hidden gospels; instead he indicates that a change of heart (an almost ontological change, and not merely one in thought and emotion) is necessary for even the most rudimentary Christian teachings to take root and become REAL in a person's lived experience.

Professor Needleman's writing is superb, with insightful (DEEPLY insightful) comments abounding (in some places, I flagged one or two sentences per paragraph, which is rare). The only "drawback" is that it is up to the reader to find the spiritual guidance necessary to maintain the Question, to develop the unity of purpose needed to realize the Christian gospel (or any other wisdom teachings, for that matter). At least I have a clearer notion of what I am seeking and of what I need to make my Buddhist and Christian spiritual practices REAL.

I am definitely going to reread this book. Highly, highly recommended.

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