by John F. Nash
by John F. Nash
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"I have reviewed John Nash’s two-volume set, Christianity: The One, the Many. Let me tell you, this is one of the best pieces about Christianity I have ever read. The integration John has done is superb. Interspersed with details are stories, legends, rumors and etc. in such a manner that keeps your attention and moves you right along. On top of all that the cover is from one of the most beautiful cathedrals in St. Petersburg, Russia where our groups always go."
Dr. Carol Parrish-Harra, Founder and Dean, Sancta Sophia Seminary, Oklahoma.
"I am intrigued by what I see here, and look forward to exploring it in more depth."
Most Reverend Katherine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church.
Who was Jesus Christ? What relevance does Christianity have in a "post-Christian" age? Why are there so many Christian sects and what are the prospects for bringing them together? Does Christianity have a future? Am I a Christian? Are you? This two-volume set offers encouraging answers and options for modern spiritual seekers.
Besides presenting a very complete interpretive history, Christianity: the One, the Many offers a bold new vision that honors the diversity within Christianity as well as a transcendent, unifying reality, the "Body of Christ." Seven spiritual paths are identified offering all sincere Christians opportunities for expressing personal and collective aspirations. Archetypal in nature, and cutting across denominational boundaries, they are: Devotion, Ceremony, Knowledge, Service, Healing, Activism and Renunciation.
The unifying reality is a larger archetype, the Ekklesia, visualized as a great "Cathedral" into which all invited to worship, love their neighbor, humbly seek truth, and work to make the world a better place. The denominations, sects and factions that comprise what we know as "Christianity" are simply partial manifestations of that overarching Ekklesia.
The Book’s Objectives. History and Future of Christianity. Outline of the Book
Part I. Christ and the Birth of Christianity
Environment of Early Christianity
Egyptian Heritage. Jewish Civilization. Greco-Roman Civilization. Cultures Outside the Roman Empire. Reflections.
Scripture and the Historicity of Jesus
Testimony of Scripture. Reliability of the Scriptural Record. Extra-Biblical Evidence. Was Jesus “Real”? Reflections.
Jesus the Christ
Jesus’ Family. Jesus’ Ministry. Death, Resurrection and Glory. Reflections.
Christianity’s Formative Years
The First Christians. Diversity in Apostolic Times. Early Christian Melting Pot. Autonomy, Diversity and Authority. Reflections.
Part II. Medieval Christianity
The Institutional Church
Emergence of Institutional Christianity. The Church Hierarchy. The Papacy. Legends of the Papacy. Reflections.
Ministry and Religious Orders
Ministerial Roles in the Early Church. The Priesthood. Monasticism and Religious Orders. Women and Religious Life. Military Orders. Reflections.
The Role of Doctrine. God, Christ, and the Trinity. Mary of Nazareth. Satan, Sin and Salvation. Reflections.
Worship. Ritual and the Sacraments. Religious Expression and the Arts. Reflections.
Part III. Variations on a Theme
Classical Gnosticism. Gnostic Teachings. Manichaeism. Other Gnostic Sects. Reflections.
Celts and Cathars
Christianization of Western Europe. The Celtic Church. Decline of the Celtic Church. The Cathars. Suppression of the Cathars. Reflections.
Fragmentation in the East
Seeds of Fragmentation. Arian Christianity. The Assyrian Church. Oriental Orthodox Churches. The Church of India. Reflections.
Eastern Orthodox Christianity
The Great Schism. Slavic Churches. Highlights of Orthodox Christianity. Eastern Orthodox Doctrine. Reflections.
Index to Volume 1
Introduction to Volume 2
The One and the Many. Outline of the Book
Part IV. The Western Church
Western Christianity in Crisis
Age of Transition. The Crusades. Changing Political and Social Environment. Decline of the Western Church. Grassroots Religious Movements. Reflections.
Renewal and Synthesis
Intellectual Revival. Mystics and Mystical Philosophers. The Renaissance. Confluence of Traditions I. Reflections.
The German Reformation. The Swiss Reformation. Reformation in England and Scotland. The Catholic Response. Reflections.
Part V. Christianity in the Modern World
Bridge to the Modern World
Religious Conflict. Science, Philosophy and Christianity. Political and Social Upheavals. Reflections.
Evangelical and Charismatic Christianity
A Simple Faith. Evangelical Movements. From Tent Revivals to the Southern Baptist Convention. Charismatic Christianity. Reflections.
Modern Esoteric Christianity. Two Esoteric Philosophers. The Rosicrucian Movement. Healing Ministries. Confluence of Traditions II. Highlights of Esoteric Christianity. Reflections.
Liberalism and Fundamentalism
Definition of Terms. Religions of the Enlightenment. Scriptural Criticism. Modern Protestant Theology. Unifying and Divisive Causes. Fundamentalist Christianity. Reflections.
Developments in Mainstream Christianity
Developments in Catholicism. Developments in Eastern Orthodoxy. Developments in Major Protestant Denominations. Trends in Religious Practice. Religious Orders and Asceticism in the Modern World. Reflections.
Part VI. The Future of Christianity
What is Christianity? The New Face of Christianity. Membership in the Ekklesia, or Who is a Christian? Reflections.
Seven Paths of Christianity
Path of Devotion. Path of Ceremony. Path of Knowledge. Path of Healing. Path of Service. Path of Activism. Path of Renunciation. Final Reflections.
Index to Volume 2
The Search for Our
Inner Spiritual Nature.
by John F. Nash
Quest for the Soul is about the age-old search for our inner spiritual nature. A selective review of the literature of ancient and modern cultures explores the insights and wisdom of some of the worlds greatest minds. The ancient Egyptian, Hebrew, and Greek cultures and the religions of
all provided thoughtful, evocative ideas about the soul. Christianity, the western esoteric tradition, and sciencealong with modern Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhismtook these ancient notions of the soul and continued to develop them up to the present time. What emerges is a surprisingly coherent body of knowledge. India
This is a scholarly text with a wealth of footnotes. But the book is written in an easy-to- read, conversational style. In a reviewers words:
"Quest for the Soul is a masterpiece that weaves together the history of the soul through past ages up to the present time. Its rich tapestry of carefully woven strands brings the soul to life. This living history of the soul creates understanding and meaning of our purpose in life. Its kaleidoscopic view makes it essential reading for all students of human evolution, whatever the field. The book is a classic for all seeking closer relationship with the soul."
Published by 1stBooks Library, January 2004. 302 pages.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Extended Reality. Belief, Knowledge, and Truth. Patterns in History. Our Charge.
Chapter 2. The Soul in Ancient Egypt
Overview of Egyptian History. Egyptian Religion. Concepts of the Soul. Concluding Remarks.
Chapter 3. The Soul in Ancient Greece
Greek Civilization. Pythagoras. Other Early Philosophers. Platonic School. Aristotelian School. Alexandrian School. Concluding Remarks.
Chapter 4. The Soul in Judaism
Jewish Origins. God and Man. Soul in Scripture. Developing Concepts of the Soul. Concluding Remarks.
Chapter 5. The Soul in Christianity
Development of Christianity. God, Creation, and Man. Soul in the New Testament. Soul in Christian Doctrine. Concluding Remarks.
Chapter 6. The Soul in the Western Esoteric
The Mysteries. Esoteric Judaism. Esoteric Christianity. Hermetism. Nature of God. Duality. Human Constitution. Concluding Remarks.
Chapter 7. The Soul in Hinduism and Buddhism
Vedic Religion and Its Offshoots. Deity and Creation. Universe and Its Laws. Spiritual Path. Human Constitution. Influence on the West. Concluding Remarks.
Chapter 8. The Soul in Science
Overview of Western Science. God and the Natural Order. Brave New World of Physics. Purpose and Life. Brain, Mind, and Soul. Concluding Remarks.
Chapter 9. Synthesis and Commentary
God and the World. Soul and Eternal Life. Spirituality and Religion. Science and Religion. Concluding Remarks.
by John F. Nash
The Soul and Its Destiny, companion book to Quest for the Soul, explores the soul and its evolutionary journey: what it is, where it came from, and where it is going. It honors traditional religious and philosophical testimony but draws more heavily on modern esoteric teachings. Made in the image of God, the soul is a functional and structural trinity. The soul makes us conscious, builds our external forms, and urges us forward on our evolutionary journey. Two of its structural layers link us to the lower kingdoms and to overshadowing higher realities, while the middle principle expresses our distinctive humanity and divine potential.
The book examines the souls origins and development up to the present. It explores the souls futureour future because we are soulsand offers practical advice on how to move more quickly toward our glorious destiny. The soul is alive, striving to grow, waiting to be known and embraced; yearning to reach out. We may become aware of the soul through the arts and religion. But when we respond to its call, consciousness expands, and we are led to a life of outreach, caring relationships, and service. Like the masters who beckon, we are destined to serve both on this planet and beyond.
Published by AuthorHouse April 2004. 320 pages.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Confluence of Traditions. Concepts of the Soul. New Knowledge.
Chapter 2. Conceptual Framework: God and
Divine Manifestation. Solar System. Planetary Logoi and Their Domains. Concluding Remarks.
Chapter 3. Conceptual Framework: Life and
Life and Evolution. Root Races. The Planetary Hierarchy. Concluding Remarks.
Chapter 4. Body, Soul and Spirit
Human Trinity. Human Septenary. Birth, Death and
Rebirth. The Rays and Humanity. Concluding Remarks.
Chapter 5. Functions and Structure of the Soul
Nature of the Soul. Functional Triplicity. Structure of
the Soul. Comprehensive Model. Concluding Remarks.
Chapter 6. Development of Personality and the Path of Aspiration
Personality and Selfhood. Moving Forward. Beauty and Harmony. The Spiritual Impulse. Concluding Remarks.
Chapter 7. Call of the Solar Angel and Awakening of the Human Soul
of the Solar Angels. The Unfolding Human Soul. Personal Transformation. Concluding Remarks. Mission
Chapter 8. The Path of Discipleship
From Aspiration to Discipleship. Preparation for Discipleship. Discipleship in Practice. Discipleship and the Masters. Concluding Remarks.
Chapter 9. The Path of Initiation
Nature of Initiation. Early Stages of the Path. The Fourth Initiation. Human Perfection. Toward Monadic Consciousness. Concluding Remarks.
Chapter 10. Reflections
Our Journey. The Individual and Humanity. Tribute