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Summary

Definitively read by author Richard Smoley, this audio version of Inner Christianity brings a clear understanding to the listener of the complex universe of esoteric knowledge. Topics include esoteric orders past and present, inner traditions, Sophia and Mary, and Gnosticism, as well as well as the mystical body of Christ.
©2002 Richard Smoley (P)2006 BMA Studios

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"Smoley presents his work simply and convincingly, with a conversational tone of voice. His scholarly text is balanced by an overriding gentleness that encourages his listener to take in the book's message of spiritual study and discovery. Those with an academic bent will find much to stimulate new inquiry, and those with a more heart-based faith will absorb the message and appreciate the guided meditations." ( AudioFile)

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  • Allen
  • 17-04-13

This book is a modern classic for the esoteric

I really never thought I'd find a modern book that gives so much hidden esoteric & symbolic knowledge & wisdom. I have been a member of several esoteric groups for many years that have not penetrated this deeply into the true & highest levels of understanding of a path that I gave up many years ago. This book has given me a new & dynamic perspective of Christianity & completely reinvigorated my interest in it's teachings. Richard Smoley is not only an adept but his voice & tone is pleasant & scholarly while he is able to articulate intricate information in a way that even a beginner on the path can understand & assimilate into daily practices that will reap wisdom & self knowledge for a lifetime.

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  • Patrick
  • 29-09-12

Outstanding!

Would you consider the audio edition of Inner Christianity to be better than the print version?

I have over 300 audio books in my Audible library and this is the first book that compelled me to write a review. It continues to hold my interest and is a great balance of scholarship and modern language. There is substance for the experienced adept as well as the uninitiated. There are so many outstanding attributes contained in this audio book, that I also purchased and read the paperback and buy copies for friends and fellow esoteric students. Give this well researched and written gift to yourself.

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  • Joseph Onesta
  • 29-08-10

Comprehensive and Achieves its Goal

Very detailed without being overwhelming. He explains much in a very orderly manner that most who follow the path must either discover or dig out on ones own. He provides a launch pad for further study, (very little of which is unfortunately in Audible.)

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  • Exsular
  • 05-11-12

A great primer ( and more )

If you could sum up Inner Christianity in three words, what would they be?

Eye-opening, inspiring, amazing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Inner Christianity?

Richard Smoley unveils some of the symbolisms of the cross to make it understandable by the layman. One of them, the cross as the living intersection of time and space was brought about by unassailable reasoning. And led the listener to a long meditative inner travel...

Have you listened to any of Richard Smoley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but seriously looking forward to.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

This can't be made into a film, as several avenues are only uncovered and not followed.

Any additional comments?

Some reviewers blamed the book for trying to be all things to all. I'd rather want to thank the author for sharing so much knowledge in so narrow a space. The book needs to be listen over and over to be truly digested.

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  • Jaap
  • 26-11-13

Best one so far!

Would you listen to Inner Christianity again? Why?

Yes. Interesting approach to old stories!

What did you like best about this story?

Fresh, interesting, well presented by author!

What does Richard Smoley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither! Good book!

Any additional comments?

Like to see more speakers like Smoley! Straight forward! No music! Just the facts as the writer sees it.

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  • Therapist for the common man
  • 03-01-18

GREAT Read!!!!

I would encourage all to read as Smokey definitely puts things into perspective. GREAT Read!

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  • Becca St. John
  • 10-08-17

Smooth guidance into the depths of Christanity

This book is not for everyone but I, for on, will listen to this again and have already purchased books referenced.

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  • Kathy
  • 06-04-17

Excellent.

This book takes a new look at on overlooked aspect of Christianity, mysticism. There are many layers of meaning in the Bible that go beyond anecdotes and parables. This book peels away those layers, and puts an old faith in a new light.

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  • stevenhorr
  • 14-11-16

A Valuable Alternative to the Mainstream

This is a well-behaved and insightful historical overview of esoteric Christianity with helpful suggestions and suggested reading. It offers a helpful alternative to mainstream Christianity, much of which has, alas, become watered down, fundamentalist, or strictly emotional and 'belief based'. Recommended.

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  • JJ
  • 28-10-16

Inspiring and beautifully written!

This book does much to illuminate the often challenging symbology of the Old and New Testament.