Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. Kierkegaard's Error. 2. Beyond the Equation. 3. Conjugial Love. 4. The Selfish Serpent. 5. Making Brothers. 6. The Cosmic Human. 7. The Special Function. 8. Transcending the Heart. Notes. Bibliography. About the Author. Index.
Richard Smoley is the author of Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition; Forbidden Faith: A Secret History of Gnosticism; The Essential Nostradamus; and (with Jay Kinney) Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions. Smoley is the former editor of Gnosis magazine and the current editor of Quest Books.
"Smoley, former editor of the journal Gnosis and author of Inner Christianity and Forbidden Faith, is adept at unknotting the paradoxes of spiritual traditions and making new connections across centuries and languages. In his newest book, he tackles the vexed question of love, which he avers has a unique place at the center of Christian spirituality yet eludes precise classification-as most know, there are at least four words translated as "love" in New Testament Greek alone. Smoley has written that rare book that should exert a strong appeal for Christian and non-Christian readers alike. Highly recommended." - (Library Journal,July 2008)