Richard Smoley discusses the dilemma of the outer versus the inner circle of religion. He suggests how the external forms of the faith, understood literally, relate to esoteric truths, which point not to historical fact but to inner experience and awakening. He describes some of the key teachings of esoteric Christianity, including the nature of the "kingdom of heaven"; the traditional esoteric division of the human entity into body, soul, and spirit; and the inner meaning of the crucifixion and resurrection. He also shows how these teachings can rescue conventional Christianity from many of its dilemmas and difficulties. This keynote address was delivered to the TSA sponsored conference entitled "The Mystical Heart of Christianity: Moving Beyond Literalism." 55 minutes. 2008.