Journals Higher Education

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25 November 2009

280 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195378443


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Children of Jesus and Mary

The Order of Christ Sophia

James Lewis and Nicholas Levine

The Order of Christ Sophia (OCS) is a small New Religion which, in the short span of eight years, has evoked intense controversy. An unusual synthesis of traditional Catholicism, esoteric cosmology, and psychology, the Order of Christ Sophia already has centers in a dozen major cities in the United States. Its treatment of gender is refreshingly egalitarian; women can be priests, and Mary is deified and given equal status with Jesus. Another unusual feature of the group is its emphasis on introspection and intensive psychological and emotional work for all members. In addition to the six core chapters of the book authored by Lewis, three other experts contribute chapters on: the results of personality and I.Q. tests administered to member; membership attitudes; comparison of OCS with mainstream denominations; and sex roles in the OCS.

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