Who were the Gnostics and where did they come from? Why do their ideas keep reappearing throughout history? Forbidden Faith
is the first comprehensive popular history of Gnosticism, a secretive
tradition that has survived for centuries in many forms and under many
names. Here Richard Smoley provides the enduring story and continuing legacy of those errant
faithful who have had direct experiences of the divine that can't be
explained by the official beliefs of the Church.
The publication of Dan Brown's controversial and bestselling novel, The
Da Vinci Code, brought to life a spirited debate concerning Mary of
Magdalene's true role in the life of Jesus. Who was the real Mary of
Magdala? A devoted disciple of Christ or perhaps even a prostitute? Mary of Magdala, now
revised with a new introduction, is a fascinating examination of the
actual written accounts referring to Mary. Mary Thompson examines the issues raised in The Da Vinci Code exploring the many fallacies in the novel while presenting clear and compelling evidence
that Mary of Magdala indeed played an important role in the early
church as disciple, leader, and apostle.