Esotericism and Political Theology

Friday, March 16, 2012

Author James Kelley explores alchemy as an important aspect of inquiry in Western Civilization in "Anatomyzing Divinity: Studies in Science, Esotericism and Political Theology".  The book is an attempt to afford the reader rare insights into the history and meaning of Western esotericism. Kelley is interviewed in the following podcast by Gnostic Media...

Kelley is currently conducting research on the history of Western esotericism at the University of Oklahoma’s History of Science Collections. His previous publications include: “A Realism of Glory: Lectures on Christology in the Works of Protopresbyter John Romanides” (Rollinsford, N.H.: Orthodox Research Institute, 2009); and “Anthropos: New Studies” (forthcoming).


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I teach them all the good I can, and recommend them to others from whom I think they will get some moral benefit. And the treasures that the wise men of old have left us in their writings I open and explore with my friends. If we come on any good thing, we extract it, and we set much store on being useful to one another. - Socrates, Memorabilia
What we maintain is that in none of the problems of life can men afford to lose sight of the storehouse bequeathed to them by the ancients. In the complexus of everything which differentiates man from the brute creation, the voice of antiquity must be heard...

-H. Browne, quoted in "Classics and Citizenship" The Classical Quarterly, 1920