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Enlightened Cinema presents a Saturday night film seminar series at the A.R.E.

BEYOND BELIEF: Gnosticism, Mysticism, Heresies, and the Divine Feminine

The discovery at Nag Hammadi in Egypt of secret Gnostic Gospels have shed new light on early schools of Christianity. These teachings combined stories and parables from Pagan, Jewish, and Hellenistic Gnostic traditions that were written in Greek and circulated around the Mediterranean. They reveal a spiritual allegory of the inner meaning of Christ's death and resurrection as a path for one's own initiation and enlightenment. By the 4th century however these diverse Gnostic Christians were overwhelmed by a literalist Christian movement that embraced an historical Jesus and aligned with the Roman Empire to found the church. The "heretical" gospels were extricated and scripture was designated as the only Holy Bible. Orthodoxy dictated a literal interpretation of these scriptures that continues to this day.

New forms of Gnosticism have been introduced by Carl Jung, Edgar Cayce, Rudolph Steiner, and Eckhart Tolle. Eastern mystical traditions and yoga have brought new Gnostic teachings to the West. The powerful catalyst of the DaVinci Code on pop culture reveals widespread hunger for knowledge of alternatives to patriarchal literalism.

How do the newly discovered Gospel of Judas and other Gnostic texts impact the understanding of Jesus? Concepts of goddess energy, divine marriage, sacred sex, global conspiracies, and earth based Marian religions are all grist for our mill and will be explored with numerous film clips in this fascinating seminar discussion series.

Host: Tench Phillips, Naro Cinema
Moderator: Robert Krajenke is an author, minister, lecturer and workshop/seminar leader. He is the author of the three volume study, Edgar Cayce's Story of the Old Testament, Spiritual Power Points, and Spiritual Power, Healing Hands. He has presented programs throughout the United States, Europe, Egypt and Israel for A.R.E. and The Fellowship of the Inner Light.
Facilitators: Pamela Bro, Carol Bush, Tom Baker, Angela Peregoff, Candace Cook, and David Hamilton will participate on various evenings.

Dates: Seminar series will continue through the summer on the following Saturdays at 7:15pm: July 1, 8, 22, 29 and August 5, 26 (live meditative piano by John Alston at 7:00pm)
Location: A.R.E. (Association for Research and Enlightenment) 67th and Atlantic Ave
Admission: $10 a session at the door. Discounts are available for frequent attendance. Call Naro at 625-6275 for more info.

Film clips include these titles:
From Jesus to the Christ: The First Christians
The Big Question
The Gnostic Gospel of Judas
Soul on Fire: Rumi
Walking the Bible
Echart Tolle: The Simple Truth
The Secret Women and Spirituality: The Burning Times
Joseph Cambell's Mythos
The God Who Wasn't There

Recommended Reading:
"Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas" by Elaine Pagels
"Jesus and the Lost Goddess: The Secret Teachings of the Original Christians" by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy

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