9781644110430

The Lost Pillars of Enoch

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  • Copyright: 2021-01-05
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions

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Summary

Explores the unified science-religion of early humanity and the impact of Hermetic philosophy on religion and spirituality

• Investigates the Jewish and Egyptian origins of Josephus’s famous story that Seth’s descendants inscribed knowledge on two pillars to save it from global catastrophe

• Reveals how this original knowledge has influenced civilization through Hermetic, Gnostic, Kabbalistic, Masonic, Hindu, and Islamic mystical knowledge

• Examines how “Enoch’s Pillars” relate to the origins of Hermeticism, Freemasonry, Newtonian science, William Blake, and Theosophy

Esoteric tradition has long maintained that at the dawn of human civilization there existed a unified science-religion, a spiritual grasp of the universe and our place in it. The biblical Enoch--also known as Hermes Trismegistus, Thoth, or Idris--was seen as the guardian of this sacred knowledge, which was inscribed on pillars known as Enoch’s or Seth’s pillars.

Examining the idea of the lost pillars of pure knowledge, the sacred science behind Hermetic philosophy, Tobias Churton investigates the controversial Jewish and Egyptian origins of Josephus’s famous story that Seth’s descendants inscribed knowledge on two pillars to save it from global catastrophe. He traces the fragments of this sacred knowledge as it descended through the ages into initiated circles, influencing civilization through Hermetic, Gnostic, Kabbalistic, Masonic, Hindu, and Islamic mystical knowledge. He follows the path of the pillars’ fragments through Egyptian alchemy and the Gnostic Sethites, the Kabbalah, and medieval mystic Ramon Llull. He explores the arrival of the Hermetic manuscripts in Renaissance Florence, the philosophy of Copernicus, Pico della Mirandola, Giordano Bruno, and the origins of Freemasonry, including the “revival” of Enoch in Masonry’s Scottish Rite. He reveals the centrality of primal knowledge to Isaac Newton, William Stukeley, John Dee, and William Blake, resurfacing as the tradition of Martinism, Theosophy, and Thelema. Churton also unravels what Josephus meant when he asserted one Sethite pillar still stood in the “Seiriadic” land: land of Sirius worshippers.

Showing how the lost pillars stand as a twenty-first century symbol for reattaining our heritage, Churton ultimately reveals how the esoteric strands of all religions unite in a gnosis that could offer a basis for reuniting religion and science.

Author Biography

Britain’s leading scholar of Western esotericism, Tobias Churton is a world author­ity on Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Freemasonry, and Rosicrucianism. Holding a master’s degree in theology from Brasenose College, Oxford, he was appointed Honorary Fellow of Exeter University in 2005. The author of many books, including Gnostic Philosophy and Aleister Crowley in America, he lives in the heart of England.

Table of Contents

Provenance
A Note about the Timing of This Book

PART ONE
The Lost Pillars in Antiquity


ONE
Saving Knowledge from Catastrophe: The World’s First Archaeological Story
The Nephilim
Where Could Josephus’s Surviving
Pillar Be Found?


TWO
“Sethites” in Egypt?

THREE
Enoch and Hermes: Guardians of Truth
Tracing the Myth
The Emerald Tablet

FOUR
A Sense of Loss Pervades The Fallen Gnostics: Return of the Sethites

FIVE
How Ancient Is the Ancient Theology?

SIX
A Concise History of Religion

SEVEN
From Apocalyptic to Gnosis--and Back to Religion

PART TWO
Hermetic Philosophy
Seeking Concordance, or Reuniting the Fragments

EIGHT
The Unitive Vision
Kabbalah
Ramon Llull (1232-ca. 1316) 100
The Alembic of Florence: Hermetic Philosophy Reborn


NINE
Restoring Harmony: From the Sun to Infinity
Francesco Giorgi: Cosmic Harmony
Copernicus
Giordano Bruno (1548-1600)


TEN
The Lost Pillars of Freemasonry
Late Medieval Evidence for Antediluvian Pillars
Antediluvian Masonry


ELEVEN
Esoteric Masonry and the Mystery of the “Acception”
John Dee and Primal Mathematics

TWELVE
The Return of Enoch
“Out of Egypt I Have Called My Son”

THIRTEEN
Enter Isaac Newton

FOURTEEN
“A History of the Corruption of the Soul of Man”
The Temple of Wisdom
The Ancients Knew Already
Newton and the “Daimon”


FIFTEEN
Antiquarianism: Stukeley and Blake
Stukeley, Freemasonry, and the Prisca Sapientia

SIXTEEN
Blake and the Original Religion
All Religions Are One

SEVENTEEN
From the Enlightenment to Theosophy: Persistence of Antediluvian Unity of Science and Religion
The Tradition
Saint-Yves d’Alveydre
The Secret Doctrine
Problems with Theosophical Influence


EIGHTEEN
The Aim of Religion, the Method of Science: Aleister Crowley and Thelema
Science and Antediluvian Mythology

PART THREE
Paradise Regained?

NINETEEN
Back to the One
Essential Communion in Esoteric Systems
Religion for the Future


TWENTY
Return of the Lost Pillar

NOTES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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