Keys of Gnosis

Robert Bolton

Hillsdale, NY: Sophia Perennis, 2005.
164 pages
ISBN: 0-900588-83-7
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For a long time now, religion in the West has been polarized between a democratic kind of faith meant for simple believers, and divine mysteries so high that hardly anyone can claim to know much about them. The vital connecting link between them, that of metaphysical religion, is all but lost.
From the Introduction

There are many books that seek to answer the fundamental questions of life: Who am I? Does life have a purpose? How should I live? Dr Bolton’s book brings to these universal questions an extraordinary degree of metaphysical insight. It contains in highly condensed form a veritable library of traditional wisdom, offering a systematic reconstruction of our understanding of the soul and its relation to archetypal reality. Its starting-point is the fact that increasing numbers of people seem to lack spiritual and material power over their own lives. Modern man feels like a victim. But true power, real freedom, is closer than we think. Our mistake lies in accepting a false view of the self, and neglecting the metaphysical dimension that gives access to eternity. Dr Bolton’s book offers a crash-course in liberation. It can liberate us, specifically, from a common sense idea of reality which is profoundly false, and which holds us in unconscious slavery to time and appearances. The book defends the capacity of the human mind to obtain objective insight, despite the obfuscations of postmodernism, and represents a bold development of the Platonist tradition associated with St Augustine, Plotinus, and Proclus.

Table of Contents

Introduction—The nature of the Real Self—A Primary Certainty—The Defining Principle—A Universal Activity—Creativity and Spirituality—'Happiness and the Extension of Time'—Transcendence and Normal Experience—The Abstract and the Concrete—The Freedom of the Will—The Law of Action and Reaction—Choice of the Lesser Evil—Providence and Fate—The Direction of the Vital Force—Complexities in the Idea of Grace—God and Philosophy—Appendix


This book is like a diamond: a diamond placed not in a necklace, but at the business end of a drill. It is up to us to use the drill to penetrate reality. Writing the book was a great achievement. Reading it invites us to make the achievement our own.
Stratford Caldecott, director, G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith and Culture

About the Author

Robert Bolton was educated in the sciences, and developed a strong interest in Traditional metaphysics, obtaining from Exeter University the degrees of M.Phil. and Ph.D, with a special interest in the areas of free will, and personal identity and the soul. He is the author of four books, The Order of the Ages: World History in the Light of a Universal CosmogonyKeys of GnosisSelf and Spirit; and The One and the Many—all published by Sophia Perennis. Dr Bolton is also a regular contributor to the journal Sacred Web.