A significant amount of esoteric information was released into the public domain at the end of the 19th century but it (theosophy) failed to make much of an impact because religion was dominant, science was in its infancy and the people of the time were too reserved. Esoteric and exoteric knowledge in religious traditions by dr m darrol bryant professor of religion & culture renison college university of waterloo waterloo, ontario to whom it may concern i am a professor of religion and culture at renison college, university of waterloo, waterloo, ontario, canada i was educated at concordia college (ba, philosophy & political science), harvard divinity school (stb theology) and the university of st micheal's college (ma & phd in religious studies.
The distinction between “esoteric knowledge,” available only to initiates, and “exoteric knowledge,” available to all, has long been part of the religious life of humankind the distinction is commonly based on the belief that only those initiated in a particular tradition or having achieved a certain level of spiritual development. But it is important to remember that both these dimensions of religion are crucial—after all, it is the institutional aspects of religion that make it possible to contain, codify, and perpetuate the esoteric teachings over multiple generations. Esoteric christianity teaches that christianity is a mystery religion and that only a small minority of people ever achieve the enlightenment necessary to crack the arcane teachings of the bible and truly know god.
A kahuna is a master of hawaiian esoteric practices recently, mariko gordon and hugh cosman engaged a kahuna to bless their house —alec wilkinson, new yorker, 7 oct 2002 he listens to a group of malaysians playing reedy, plangent music on some esoteric kind of wind instrument —penelope lively, city of the mind, 1991. Exoteric religion is the outer form of religion, the unique stories and myths behind each of the great faiths, chrisitanity, buddhism, islam and so on esoteric religion is the inner expereinces that one can achieve through the spiritual practices that are taught by the great religions, and also the less well known ones. Esoteric christianity is a term which refers to an ensemble of spiritual currents which regard christianity as a mystery religion, and profess the existence and possession of certain esoteric doctrines or practices, hidden from the public but accessible only to a narrow circle of enlightened, initiated, or highly educated people.
As hanegraaff noted, western esotericism had to be studied as a separate field to religion, philosophy, science, and the arts, because while it participates in all these fields it does not squarely fit into any of them. Beliefs of the esoteric interfaith church a word about our beliefs we believe the following to be true: the goal of spirituality is not merely about the salvation of the soul it is also about the enlightenment and liberation of the mind. Religion for awakening — a profound study in practical truth by f w pigott, an esoteric christian bishop within the liberal catholic church in great britain who wrote in the first half of the twentieth century this is an edited–and occasionally adapted–version, edited by abbot george burke.