The Mysteries, Pagan and Christian by Samuel CheethamThe Mysteries, Pagan and Christian by Samuel Cheetham

The Mysteries, Pagan and Christian

bySamuel Cheetham

Paperback | January 16, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1897. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... need of some explanation of the wonders and perplexities in the midst of which he found himself. To explain these was the task of philosophy; but the teachings of philosophywere of necessity accessible only to an audience which, however fit, was few. There were thoughts in the unlettered also which were not satisfied by the traditional forms of the family and the State. There was the inextinguishable need for something to rouse the soul to an ecstasy of religious emotion such as the ordinary ceremony, public or domestic, did not produce. In particular, if we look back on the traditions of the great Aryan race to which we belong, we find that our forefathers never regarded the few years which we pass on earth as the whole of life. Long before the rise of philosophy men believed in some kind of renewed existence after death.14 And if something of the sentient being survived, it was inevitable to ask, What worlds or what vast regions hold The unbodied soul that hath forsook Her mansion in this fleshly nook? Do all endure the same fate, or are there distinctions of weal and woe in the unseen world? If so, can man do anything to secure a portion among the blessed? Can he help to bless his brethren who have departed? Are there lustral waters, are there charms and soothing words which can purify the soul and render it fit to bear company with those whom the gods love? Such thoughts as these gave rise to a multitude of societies which attempted to satisfy man's need of religious emotion, together with his longing for a feeling of brotherhood in religion, and to give him hope of a state of bliss after his departure from the earthly life. These societies may conveniently be designated Mysteries.15 But when we use this word we must guard ourselves from the associations whi...
Title:The Mysteries, Pagan and ChristianFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:January 16, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217358187

ISBN - 13:9780217358187