Pagan And Christian Creeds: Their Origin and Meaning (Aziloth Books) by Edward CarpenterPagan And Christian Creeds: Their Origin and Meaning (Aziloth Books) by Edward Carpenter

Pagan And Christian Creeds: Their Origin and Meaning (Aziloth Books)

byEdward Carpenter

Paperback | January 17, 2013

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Edward Carpenter's book is a fascinating account of the relation between Christian and pagan belief-systems. Drawing on a wide range of sources, the author shows the continuity of theological and cosmological thought that underpins both Christianity and other earlier religions. The parallels are striking: long before Christianity, as Carpenter points out, many pagans worshipped god-men born of virgin mothers on the 25th December. This perceptive analysis covers such topics as rites of expiation and redemption, the use of sacraments and eucharist, the blood sacrifice, and solar mythology, ranging across a wide swathe of ancient and tribal beliefs and finding numerous points of correspondence with Christian dogma. An intriguing feast of fact and startling 'coincidences', and a must-read for anyone interested in esotericism, pagan ritual or the origins of Christianity.

Title:Pagan And Christian Creeds: Their Origin and Meaning (Aziloth Books)Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:190 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.4 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.4 inPublished:January 17, 2013Publisher:Aziloth BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1908388927

ISBN - 13:9781908388926

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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  - THE TEACHING OF THE UPANISHADS