By Philippe Walter,Claude Lecouteux
• Explains how the church fathers knowingly integrated pagan parts into the Christian religion to ease the transition to the recent faith
• Identifies pagan deities that have been integrated into all of the saints
• indicates how all of the significant vacation trips within the Christian calendar are modeled on pagan rituals and myths, together with Easter and xmas
In this broad research of the Christian mythology that lively Europe within the heart a while, writer Philippe Walter finds how those tales and the vacation traditions hooked up with them are in line with long-standing pagan rituals and myths and feature little or no connection to the Bible. the writer explains how the church fathers knowingly included pagan parts into the Christian religion to ease the transition to the recent faith. instead of tear down the pagan temples in Britain, Pope Gregory the nice urged Saint Augustine of Canterbury so as to add the pagan rituals into the combo of Christian practices and rework the pagan temples into church buildings. rather than spiritual conversion, it was once easily an issue of convincing the population to incorporate Jesus of their present non secular practices.
Providing broad documentation, Walter exhibits which significant calendar days of the Christian yr are based on pagan rituals and myths, together with the excessive vacations of Easter and yuletide. interpreting hagiographic debts of the saints, he finds the starting place of those symbolic figures within the deities worshipped in pagan Europe for hundreds of years. He additionally explores how the identities of saints and pagan figures turned so intermingled that a few saints have been reworked into pagan incarnations, equivalent to Mary Magdalene’s conversion into one of many Celtic girls of the Lake.
In revealing the pagan roots of many Christian figures, tales, and rituals, Walter offers a brand new knowing of the evolution of spiritual belief.
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