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A comprehensive look at the life of Elias Ashmole, who represents the historic missing link between operative and symbolic Freemasonry

• Explores the true role of occult and magical studies in the genesis of modern science

• Explains the full meaning of the term magus, which Ashmole exemplified

Elias Ashmole (1617-1692) was the first to record a personal account of initiation
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Inner Traditions
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Sienna
Sep 17, 2009 Sienna rated it liked it
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This was a frustrating read — lots of opinions stated as facts and snarky one-liners inserted into each page. Some unnecessary repetition between chapters, too. Not sure what happened, as I really liked Churton's The Golden Builders; the most memorable and striking parts of this were the quotes taken from C.H. Josten's biography of Ashmole (who is clearly a worthy subject). Still, I enjoyed it. He's certainly correct about the history of science having a marked tendency toward revisionism...
Ryan
Aug 09, 2012 Ryan rated it really liked it
In this work, Churton offers a biographical picture of one of the most ignored thinkers in the history of ideas. Because of some of his “outdated” or “superstitious” beliefs (i.e. alchemy, esotericism, ect.) Ashmole is by passed in traditional origins of modern science. However, 300 years later we find ourselves with a scientific worldview that has nearly depleted itself. Thus Churton offers this biography as an answer to the question of “what’s next?”
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A very well written book about a very interesting man.
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Interesting work on the man who was the link between John Dee and Isaac Newton. Recommended.
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Very informative and well researched. Excellent photos.
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Tobias Churton is a filmmaker and the founding editor of the magazine Freemasonry Today. He studied theology at Oxford University and created the award-winning documentary series and accompanying book The Gnostics, as well as several other films on Christian doctrine, mysticism, and magical folklore, such as A Mighty Good Man (2002), a documentary on Elias Ashmole, his religious ideas and Masonic ...more
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