Pagan and Christian Creeds [NOOK Book]

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A fascinating look at the history of Pagan and Christian faiths by prolific philosopher and writer Edward Carpenter.
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Overview

A fascinating look at the history of Pagan and Christian faiths by prolific philosopher and writer Edward Carpenter.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781665398
  • Publisher: Andrews UK
  • Publication date: 6/18/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 924,720
  • File size: 784 KB

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Imitation is not only the sincerest flattery, but it is often the most subtle and effective way of defeating a rival. The priests of the rising Christian Church were, like the priests of all religions, not wanting in craft; and at this moment when the question of a World-religion was in the balance, it was an obvious policy for them to throw into their own scale as many elements as possible of the popular Pagan cults. Mithraism had been flourishing for 600 years; and it is, to say the least, curious that the Mithraic doctrines and legends which I have just mentioned should all have been adopted (quite unintentionally of course!) into Christianity; and still more so that some others from the same source, like the legend of the Shepherds at the Nativity and the doctrine of the Resurrection and Ascension, which are not mentioned at all in the original draft of the earliest Gospel (St. Mark), should have made their appearance in the Christian writings at a later time, when Mithraism was making great forward strides. History shows that as a Church progresses and expands it generally feels compelled to enlarge and fortify its own foundations by inserting material which was not there first. I shall shortly give another illustration of this; at present I will merely point out that the Christian writers, as time went on, not only introduced new doctrines, legends, miracles and so forth -- most of which they took especial pains to destroy the pagan records and so obliterate the evidence of their own dishonesty. -- from Chapter XIII, The Genesis of Christianity
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Table of Contents

I.   Introductory
II.   Solar Myths and Christian Festivals
III.   The Symbolism of the Zodiac
IV.   Totem-Sacraments and Eucharists
V.   Food and Vegetation Magic
VI.   Magicians, Kings and Gods
VII.   Rites of Expiation and Redemption
VIII.   Pagan Initiations and the Second Birth
IX.   Myth of the Golden Age
X.   The Saviour-God and the Virgin-Mother
XI.   Ritual Dancing
XII.   The Sex-Taboo
XIII.   The Genesis of Christianity
XIV.   The Meaning of it All
XV.   The Ancient Mysteries
XVI.   The Exodus of Christianity
XVII.   Conclusion

Appendix on the Teachings of the Upanishads

I.   Rest
II.   The Nature of the Self

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2001

    At last the truth about a 2,000 yr old lie!

    I always knew that Christianity was a lie. I had known they had 'borrowed' pagan festivities and all to dupe the masses but it wasn't until I read this book that I realized the extant of the sham. It's definitely an eye-opener, and pagans and free thinkers must own a copy!

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