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Lost Christianity: A Journey of Rediscovery to the Center of Christian Experience (Element Classic) Paperback – September, 1993
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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.
So professor Needleman turns to the more intact Eastern Orthodox Church and does this by using several contemporary Christian thinkers and some of the Orthodox Saints like St. Symeon the New Theologian and St. Gregory Palamas, Thomas Merton, Metropolitan Anthony Bloom, Gurdjieff, and Father Sylvan (it is debateble if Father Sylvan was real, but if he was, I sure hope Prof. Needleman publishes this man's manuscript, hint hint). To illustrate modern Christianity's plight.
Though I have a problem with his inclusion of Gurdjieff. Gurdjieff teachings were not necessarily Christian per se. Gurdjieff advocated the path of the householder not the monk nor the priest. Christianity has no path for the householder who wishes to pursue theosis.
He's right in my opinion, if you examine the Philokalia, though comments from St. Maximus the Confessor, or St. Symeon the New Theologian supports Needleman's assertion that methods once existed for transformation. Though not couched in our modern day verbage, but it's there if you can see. BTW Needlman illustrates this via St. Symeon's understanding on how to fulfill the Sermon on the Mount show just how far away we are from being Christians.
But as Needleman implies it is not a continuous or living tradition like Sufism or Buddhism where the teachings can be passed on from teacher to student.Read more ›
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I was very engaged by this book. He drew me into his quest to discover what is missing from Christianity today and his journey to find people who have experience and knowledge of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Renee Martin
I bought this book many years ago. I read a dozen or so pages but decided to put it away for another time. Now was the time. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sverre Svendsen
Wonderful, wonderful book!! I encouraged others to read it and they loved itPublished 15 months ago by Tyrone Martinez
Books on metaphysical topics can be deadly dull, so I opened this volume with some trepidation. But Professor Needleman is a skillful author and by writing in the first person he... Read morePublished 17 months ago by John C. Stickler
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There's a lot of good information in this book if you don't mind wading through page after page of poorly phrased and difficult to follow sentences.Published 22 months ago by Bob Hargreaves
I was disappointed in this book. Not what I was expecting to read. I could not follow the author, or what he is trying to say?Published on November 30, 2013 by William R. Tolliver
I have enjoyed this book from the first sentence to the last. It has challenged, surprised and provoked my thinking. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by pjh
Lost Christianity is based on the author's quest for the the rediscovery of that "Lost Christianity Experience". Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Phil Calandra