Tobias Churton

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. He lives in England.

Books By Tobias Churton

  1. The Invisible History of the Rosicrucians
    This first complete historical and philosophical investigation into the “invisible fraternity” of the Rosicrucians reveals ties to Freemasonry and the Templars. Tobias Churton explains how this secret society has shaped our mythology and spiritual consciousness and reveals the Rosicrucian fraternities that are active today.
  2. The Magus of Freemasonry

    The Magus of Freemasonry

    By Tobias Churton

    Tobias Churton's portrait of Elias Ashmole (1617-1692) offers a perfect illustration of the true Renaissance figure--the magus. Ashmole was a key figure in the birth of modern science, a missing link between operative and symbolic Freemasonry, and a vital transmitter of esoteric thought when the laws of science were first taking hold.
  3. The Mysteries of John the Baptist

    The Mysteries of John the Baptist

    By Tobias Churton

    This book investigates John the Baptist’s links with Freemasons, the Essenes and the Gnostics and exposes how the apostle Paul twisted John's message to create the image of him as “merely” a herald. It shows that John and Jesus, as equal partners, launched an operation to overcome corruption in the Temple and re-initiate Israel.
  4. Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin

    Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin

    By Tobias Churton

    Aleister Crowley arrived in Berlin in 1930 at a time when the city played host to many of the world’s outstanding artists, philosophers, and scientists, including Einstein, Brecht, Huxley, and Isherwood. Drawing on unpublished material, Tobias Churton examines Crowley’s years in Weimar Berlin, revealing “The Beast” to be a man of art and thought, a Crowley long hidden from the historical record.
  5. Gnostic Mysteries of Sex

    Gnostic Mysteries of Sex

    By Tobias Churton

    There is a long tradition in Christianity of higher union with God through the sacrament of sex. For example, the Barbelo Gnostics practiced a spiritual sexuality known as “redemption by sin;” the mystery of Sophia can be seen in the philosophy of the Troubadours; and William Blake was influenced by a secret Renaissance sexual mysticism.
  6. Gnostic Philosophy

    Gnostic Philosophy

    By Tobias Churton

    Gnosticism was a contemporary of early Christianity, and its demise can be traced to Christianity's efforts to silence its teachings. Its influence extended from the Middle Ages to the Sufis, Carl Jung, Rudolf Steiner, and the Rosicrucians and Freemasons. Today's heirs to Gnosticism continue to strive to create a Temple of new cosmic understanding.
  7. Occult Paris

    Occult Paris

    By Tobias Churton

    Historian Tobias Churton explores the magical, artistic, and intellectual world of the Belle Époque Paris. He brings into full perspective the personalities, and forces that made Paris a global magnet and which allowed later cultural movements, such as the “psychedelic 60s,” to rise from the ashes of post-war Europe.