Part I The Christian Church emerged from Judaism slowly, over the course of decades. At the earliest moment we are able to distinguish Christians from Jews, Christians had already laid the foundation and were building their “New Jerusalem” on a shifting system of syncretic beliefs. The term syncretism[i] is controversial among Christian […]Read more "On Syncretism And the Synthetic Church – Collected Parts"
The conversion of Saint Constantine and the mythology associated with it, provide an excellent example of the syncretic process at work on a symbolic level, between the state and the church. In Constantine’s conversion narrative we are able to see the complete synthesis of a religious tradition, Christianity, founded on the story of the […]Read more "On Syncretism And the Synthetic Church – Part VI"
It was cold when I was born, I am guessing Though I do not remember, I am sure I was cold Coming from the womb, pink and shivering Ten pounds-eleven ounces of me, my mother’s sixth And most difficult; all shoulders she said, and a big round head I do not remember that sudden […]Read more "Self – A Birthday Earth Day Poem"
Among the Romans, Mithraism, like Christianity was centered in the “house church.” The practice was carried out among people who were intimate with one another. Individual practitioners believed that initiation into the mysteries allowed them to receive immortality through Mithra, but also as a part of a community. Mithraism, like Christianity thought that it transformed […]Read more "On Jesus and Mithra, Part Seven and Conclusion (Pages 15 – 19)"
In the Persian form of Mithraism (also referred to as Zoarastrianism); in Persia the priests were called Parsees. Outside of Persia they were known as the Magi. It is from the Magi that we have derived the term magic. In the Roman form of Mithraism; the chief of a Mithraic temple was called father. To […]Read more "On Jesus and Mithra, Part Six (Pages 13 – 15)"
By the fourth century CE Mithraism had spread by merchants, and through the Roman army as far North as Hadrian’s wall in Bremenium, as far West as Olisipo on the Western coast of Spain; it had permeated the Roman provinces of North Africa, and Egypt, and was thriving in its home land of Persia; stretching […]Read more "On Jesus and Mithra, Part Five (Pages 11 – 13)"
In the first century BCE, the most important center for Mithraic worship in the Hellenistic world was in the region of Cilicia, in the city of Tarsus. Officially, the patron deity of this city was the Greek demi-god Perseus, but as Ulansey points out, Perseus as he was worshipped in Tarsus, was identical to the […]Read more "On Jesus and Mithra, Part Four (Pages 8 – 11)"