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In a prefatory warning at the front of The Real Christ, Bernadette Roberts declares, "The reason for this writing is my perception that the real Christ has been all but lost to Christianity." Her view is that Christians have created a personality cult, worshipping the man Jesus rather than acknowledging the "mystery of God’s indivisible oneness with the essence of mankind,"—Roberts’ definition of the real Christ.
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Bernadette Roberts is one of the most extraordinary contemplatives of our time. The child of a devout Catholic family, her contemplative experiences began at an early age. At fifteen, they began to fit into a frame of reference within her Christian tradition. Eight and a half years of seclusion in a monastery followed, during which Bernadette realized an abiding state of oneness with God. According to the Christian mystical tradition, this egoless, unitive state is as far as one can progress in this life.
Upon leaving the cloister she entered the University of Utah where she was a pre-medical student for three years; she then went on to receive her degree in Philosophy at the University of Southern California. She is the author of several books, including The Experience of No-Self: A Contemplative Journey, The Path to No-Self: Life at the Center,and What Is Self: A Study of the Spiritual Journey in Terms of Consciousness.She periodically offers retreats and seminars. She lives in Santa Monica, California.
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