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Death and Resurrection in Theosophy and Esoteric Christianity I

Death and Resurrection in Theosophy and Esoteric Christianity I

Almost all religions offer some perspective on death, but death and its overcoming is also often considered one of the profoundest mysteries. During the nineteenth century, there was a renewed interest in death and life after death, as many hoped that new scientific discoveries would soon prove a life after death. This interest is evident when studying the emergence of the spiritualist movement, the rise of psychic studies, and the establishing of the Theosophical Society. With this renewed attention to the hidden and the occult side of life a rational approach to the unseen universe, including after death states, came into focus, but it also resulted in a renewed interest in which hidden truths the ancient religions might contain regarding death. The Theosophical Society therefore invested much time exploring ancient religions and reinterpreting them in esoteric light, including Christianity, which gradually resulted in what might be termed modern Esoteric Christianity. Here H. P. Blavatsky, G. R. S. Mead, James Morgan Pryse and others engaged extensively in exploring the esoteric aspects of Christianity via the ancient Christian groups often called “Gnostics”. This first lecture will explore these theosophical re-searches, new interpretations and any mysteries they might hold about death and resurrection.