RE: virus: A few opening statements from a newcomer

Snow Leopard (
Thu, 25 Mar 1999 06:06:48 PST

>*Christianity did not destroy paganism; it adopted it. The Greek mind
>came to a transmigrated life in the theology and liturgy of the Church;
>Greek language, having reigned for centuries over philosophy, became
>vehicle of Christian literature and ritual; the Greek mysteries passed
>into the impressive mystery of the Mass. Other pagan cultures
contributed to
>the syncretist result. From Egypt came the ideas of a divine trinity,
>Last Judgment, and a personal immortality of reward and punishment;
>Egypt the adoration of the Mother and Child, and the mystic theosophy
>made Neoplatonicism and Gnosticism, and obscured the Christian creed;
>too, Christian monasticism would find its exemplars and its source.
>Phygia came the worship of the Great Mother; from Syria the
>drama of Adonis; from Thrace, perhaps the cult of Dionysus, the dying
>saving god. From Persia came millenarianism, the ages of the world, the
>final conflagration, the dualism of Satan and God, of Darkness and
>already in the Forth Gospel Christ is the Light shining in the
darkness, and
>the darkness has never put it out. The Mithraic ritual so closely
>the Eucharistic sacrifice of the Mass that Christian fathers charged
>Devil with inventing these similarities to mislead frail minds.
>was the last great creation of the ancient pagan world. [Will and Ariel
>Durant, _The Story of Civilization_]

So, it may look like other stories. If my life resembles something out of mythology, did I not live it?

>So you are saying that because the bible looks wrong, it is
>invalid? That is a refreshing attitude. Although I fail to understand
>you are spending so much time rereading it. It is certainly not worth
>from the perspectives of history, literature or ethics.
I'm so sorry! Major typo. I was actually trying to say that /some/ people on /certain/ mailing lists think that because something appears slightly inconsistent, it's false. I disagree and there may have been 1% malice involved.
>> >> response to your trust vs. faith discussion,
>> >> I'd like to pose a completely different comparison, faith vs.
>> religion.
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