Pagan & Christian Creeds: Their Origin and Meaning

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Edward Carpenter 1921
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  • Chapter 1, Introductory
  • Chapter 2, Part 1, Solar Myths and Christian Festivals
  • Chapter 2, Part 2, Solar Myths and Christian Festivals
  • Chapter 3, Part 1, The Symbolism of the Zodiac
  • Chapter 3, Part 2, The Symbolism of the Zodiac
  • Chapter 4, Part 1,Totem-Sacraments and Eucharists
  • Chapter 4, Part 2,Totem-Sacraments and Eucharists
  • Chapter 5, Part 1, Food and Vegetation Magic
  • Chapter 5, Part 2, Food and Vegetation Magic
  • Chapter 6, Magicians, Kings and Gods
  • Chapter 7, Part 1, Rites of Expiation and Redemption
  • Chapter 7, Part 2, Rites of Expiation and Redemption
  • Chapter 8, Part 1, Pagan Initiations and the Second Birth
  • Chapter 8, Part 2, Pagan Initiations and the Second Birth
  • Chapter 9, Part 1, Myth of the Golden Age
  • Chapter 9, Part 2, Myth of the Golden Age
  • Chapter 10, The Saviour-God and the Virgin-Mother
  • Chapter 11, Part 1, Ritual Dancing
  • Chapter 11, Part 2, Ritual Dancing
  • Chapter 12, Part 1, The Sex-Taboo
  • Chapter 12, Part 2, The Sex-Taboo
  • Chapter 13, Part 1, the Genesis of Christianity
  • Chapter 13, Part 2, the Genesis of Christianity
  • Chapter 13, Part 3, the Genesis of Christianity
  • Chapter 14, Part 1, The Meaning of It All
  • Chapter 14, Part 2, The Meaning of It All
  • Chapter 15, Part 1, The Ancient Mysteries
  • Chapter 15, Part 2, The Ancient Mysteries
  • Chapter 16, Part 1, The Exodus of Christianity
  • Chapter 16, Part 2, The Exodus of Christianity
  • Chapter 17, Conclusion
  • Appendix, Part 1, The Teaching of the Upanishads
  • Appendix, Part 2, The Teaching of the Upanishads
  • Appendix, Part 3, The Teaching of the Upanishads
In this work from 1921, Carpenter analyzes the origin of Christian beliefs, arguing that they are derived from pre-Christian myths and religions, rather than being new revelations to the human race. He believes that “psychologically man has evolved from simple consciousness to self-consciousness, and is now in process of evolution towards another and more extended kind of consciousness,” anticipating a post-Christian era. In the penultimate chapter, “The Exodus of Christianity,” he sets out his belief that for Christianity “to hold the field of Religion in the Western World is neither probable nor desirable.” Chapters such as “Solar Myths and Christian Festivals,” “Rites of Expiation and Redemption,” and “The Saviour-God and the Virgin-Mother” analyze his tenet as seen in different contexts. - Summary by Verla Viera

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