“Mr Silva is the first author to bring this lost esoteric art form to the world, his scholarship, research, as always, second to none. But the profundity of this work goes far beyond simply unearthing a long forgotten ancient practice, this work has potentially seismic implications that should rock the very foundations of Christianity, as Jesus himself was an expert practitioner of 'the Way' or crossing over into the Otherworld, that his resurrection had nothing to do with his death, that the idea of resurrection through death of the body was completely fabricated by the Church, Mr Silva gives plenty of compelling evidence to declare this was so.
Suffice to say if you're fascinated with the Gnostics, Essenes, Egyptian magik and yes, even the Faery traditions, this is a must read and a riveting page turner as like Mr Silva's other works, the information put forth is far from dry academia scholarship, his writing style is fully engaging and riveting.
So much of the so called spirituality of the new age/ascension movement is based on watered down half truths and speculative channeled information, this work is a clear torch light of how the ancient spiritual arts were practiced, in almost complete uniformity in function, globally, long before any trade routes could have made it possible. I'm inspired to head to Scotland during a solstice to spend a night in one of the hundred's of remaining ancient mounds with rock slab roofs to practice the lost art of The Way” — M. Mattraw
“Freddy Silva writes a well researched and compelling challenge to what we have been taught about resurrection in Christianity. The "art of resurrection" was a pre-Christian practice dating back thousands of years before Jesus walked the earth. Silva writes that it is actually an initiation process that members go through to find out what life and death are really about. In the Gospel of Philip it states: "Those who say they will die first and then rise are in error." The truth was that one needed to "die" in this life in order to rise up after death. Ancient civilizations practiced being "raised from the dead." Many ancient sacred sites were used for this purpose.
I bought my book from Mr. Silva at one of his many talks. He opened my mind to something I had never conceived of before. It's an absolutely fascinating read. Silva is an articulate, well-educated, brilliant man who speaks several different languages and has dedicated his life to researching lost information or information that has been handed down incorrectly. I have been reading his book on the Knights Templar (First Templar Nation) which is equally impressive.” — D. Phoenix
“I have been looking for a book which dealt with Egyptian initiation but until now I couldn't find anything. This book was a wonderful read and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in this subject. It is well written and insightful and the author has done his research.” — Mirabai
“Western historians have done their best to suppress the parts of history that they prefer that people not know - most specifically anything about alternate religions and spiritual belief systems. A huge thanks goes out to Freddy Silva for writing about the history of non-Judeo-Christian religion.
Through western education systems, "pagan" religious systems (including but not limited to Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Norse pantheons) have been denigrated and marginalized. It's not much of a question as to why. And that is that the Christian Church has sought to erase other religions from our memory, as they offer a question to its supremacy. Even to the point of scrubbing the "mystical" aspects of their own religion from the mainstream (think the Orthodox religions for example).
The Lost Art of Resurrection reminds of these historical points about the mystical side of the religious experience, and how this mysticism was an integral part of even the western religions - specifically in regard to the ‘art’ of resurrection as a means of experiencing the divine - much as what happened with the ‘death and resurrection’ of Jesus Christ. It brings to light so much of the historical record, in the same way as John Lash did with ‘Not in His Image’ for gnosticism, It's a must read.” — A. Foss
“This book was a rich compilation of data connecting geographical areas around the globe as well as different epochs of time while still being solidly kept on course of its theme. Easy reading and useful for anyone exploring the roots of spirituality, mysteries and even religions.” — S. Anti
“I love this type of investigative approach to the archaic! Silva holds his own in bringing to light -- with deft handling and not a little humor -- the mystery behind this ‘lost art’, sharing evidence and tying together historical aspects to reveal a much more REASONABLE, coherent understanding of resurrection. Good stuff! This is a great book, well-written and insightful.” — B2