Esoteric Christianity is an ensemble of Christian theology which proposes that some spiritual doctrines of Christianity can only be understood by those who have undergone certain rites (such as baptism) within the religion. The term was coined in the 17th century and derives from the Greek ἐσωτερικός (esôterikos, "inner"). esoteric
These spiritual currents share some common denominators, such as heterodox or heretical Christian theology; the canonical gospels, various
apocalyptic literature, and some New Testament apocrypha as sacred texts; and , a supposed oral tradition from the Twelve Apostles containing esoteric teachings of Jesus the Christ. disciplina arcani
Some modern scholars believe that in the early stages of
proto-orthodox Christianity, a nucleus of oral teachings were inherited from Palestinian and Hellenistic Judaism. In the 4th century, it was believed to form the basis of a secret oral tradition which came to be called disciplina arcani. Mainstream theologians, however, believe that it contained only liturgical details and certain other traditions which remain a part of some branches of mainstream Christianity.   Important influences on Esoteric Christianity are the Christian theologians  Clement of Alexandria and Origen, the leading figures of the Catechetical School of Alexandria.
 Reincarnation was accepted by most Gnostic Christian sects such as Valentinianism and the Basilidians, but denied by the proto-orthodox one. While hypothetically considering a complex multiple-world transmigration scheme in , De Principiis Origen denies reincarnation in unmistakable terms in his work and elsewhere. Against Celsus 
Despite this apparent contradiction, most modern Esoteric Christian movements refer to Origen's writings (along with other
Church Fathers and biblical passages ) to validate these ideas as part of the Esoteric Christian tradition outside of the Gnostic schools, who were later considered heretical in the 3rd century. 
Jan Shipps describes The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as having esoteric elements.
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