Carpocrates was an Alexandrian philosopher who lived in the first century (c.AD130-150). He founded, along with his son Epiphanes, a notoriously licentious Christian Hellenistic sect related to Gnosticism and died passing on a legacy of written scrolls, artifacts and secrets dating to the time of Jesus.
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Carpocrates, his son, followers and their ideologies were persecuted to virtual extinction by the Early Christian Church. However, echoes can still be found in the ideologies of the Cathars, the Knights Templar, the Heretics of Medieval Europe and even of St.Francis of Assisi. In the Christian mind, the basic Doctrine of Carpocrates became the foundation and inspiration for Satanism, Gnosticism and the Occult. No serious historian can underestimate the influence these beliefs have had on the shaping of the religio-political landscape of modern Europe and the Evangelical movement in the USA.
The Legacy? What is it, where is it and who has it?
Through the centuries there have been rumours that the Carpocratians had ‘something’ of fabulous value which has been used as a guarantor of survival for their sect and its Templar and Cathar successors in times of intense and brutal persecution. It is the hunt for, discovery and apocalyptic impact of this Legacy from the time of Jesus that is the gripping and explosive story of this novel. It is rich in scholarly historical detail and speculation exploring the motivations that drive evangelical rapture belief in the Second Coming of Christ.
Icon Rapture by Osman Khareef is a thrilling hunt for Early Christian icons and artifacts of immeasurable value (The Legacy of Carpocrates) against a backdrop of the modern Age of Terrorism and European and American evangelical ‘rapture’ politics.
About Osman Khareef
Osman Khareef died on St.Sulpice’s Day, AD2001. His body was found in an apartment he was renting in Carcassonne in Southern France. The manuscript of this book was found on his desk. It appears here translated from the French and has been extensively edited to bring it up to date and more readable. The only other writing known by this author is a fragment titled The Sexuality of Atlas Shrugged (about a novel by Ayn Rand -ed). Apart from this, little is known about him.
A thrilling hunt for Early Christian icons and artifacts of immeasurable value against a backdrop of the modern Age of Terrorism and European and American evangelical ‘rapture’ politics.