Edgar Cayce and Gnostic Christianity – Seeking God Within with Hal Costley
May 06, 2017 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
A.R.E. of New York Edgar Cayce Center, New York
This program will explore the parallels between some forms of early Christian Gnosticism and the Edgar Cayce readings.
Thomas Sugrue, author of There is a River, asked Edgar Cayce about Gnosticism in the following reading (5749-14) given in May, 1941:
(Q) Is Gnosticism the closest type of Christianity to that which is given through this source?
(A) This is a parallel, and was the commonly accepted one until there began to be set rules in which there were the attempts to take short cuts. And there are none in Christianity! 1
The presentation will include:
- A comparison of the creation stories and their influence upon faith and belief
- The rich story of Jesus, as presented in the readings, compared to Gnostic concepts
- The fascinating battle between the early church and some of the Gnostic thought systems
- The similarities of the Gnostic spiritual quest to that presented in the Cayce readings
- Tools we can use to apply these concepts in our search.
$85 (members save 15%) or preregister and save -- only $65 (15% off for members) if registered by May 1.
Hal Costley, a retired engineer, grew up in Virginia but didn't learn about the Edgar Cayce readings until in graduate school at the University of Texas in 1968. He joined the A.R.E. in 1969 and made his first trip to A.R.E. Camp that summer. The Cayce readings on Jesus inspired his search to better understand early church history. He published an article in the July-September issue of Venture Inward with same title. Hal is a former member of the A.R.E. Board of Directors where he served as chair of the Finance Committee. An active member in the United Methodist Church, he teaches Sunday School, sings in the choir, plays hand bells and leads classes on Methodist history.
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