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Mythology figures prominently in most religions, and most mythology is tied to at least one religion.
Stories from scripture are usually not referred to as mythology except in a pejorative sense, but one can speak of a Jewish mythology, a Christian mythology, or an Islamic mythology, in which one describes the mythic elements within these faiths without speaking to the veracity of the faith's tenets or claims about its history.
Mythology is the title of a 1942 work by Edith Hamilton detailing Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology with their sources.
www.teachersparadise.com /ency/en/wikipedia/m/my/mythology.html   (700 words)

 Thelemapedia: The Encyclopedia of Thelema & Magick | Christianity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Christianity is the eligion allegedly founded by a Judaean mystic and rabbi, Jesus of Nazareth (in Hebrew, his name would have been Yeheshua ben Yosef Netzariot), approx.
Christian scriptures and traditions agree that there were twelve apostles, a number suggestive of the twelve Hebrew tribes and the twelve signs of the zodiac.
Crucial beliefs in Christian teaching are Jesus' incarnation, atonement, crucifixion, death and resurrection to redeem humankind from sin and death; the belief that the New Testament is a part of the Bible; and supersessionism.
www.thelemapedia.org /index.php/Christianity   (1287 words)

 Scandinavian Mythology - MSN Encarta
Because Scandinavian mythology was transmitted and altered by medieval Christian historians, the original pagan religious beliefs, attitudes, and practices cannot be determined with certainty.
Most information about Scandinavian mythology is preserved in the Old Norse literature (see Icelandic Literature; Norwegian Literature), in the Eddas and later sagas; other material appears in commentaries by the Danish historian Saxo Grammaticus and the German writer Adam of Bremen (flourished about 1075).
Besides Odin, the major deities of Scandinavian mythology were his wife, Frigg, goddess of the home; Thor, god of thunder, who protected humans and the other gods from the giants and who was especially popular among the Scandinavian peasantry; Frey, a god of prosperity; and Freya, sister of Frey, a fertility goddess.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761568635/Scandinavian_Mythology.html   (708 words)

 RealMagick Article: The Pagan Origins Of Christian Mythology by Brice C. Smith
In ancient Iranian mythology, Ahura Mazda was the lord of light and wisdom, originally an equal to Mithra the god of light and justice, was elevated to the supreme being by the prophet Zoroaster.
This is of course paralleled in the Christian trinity of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
And as time went on and Christianity was adopted and spread throughout the Roman Empire and the rest of the world, it is not surprising that it was infused with the religious doctrine, symbolism, and mysticism of the cultures it encountered.
realmagick.com /articles/51/1551.html   (4123 words)

 Christian mythology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Christian mythology is a body of stories that explains or symbolizes Christian beliefs.
Christian mythology includes the core beliefs of Christianity, the body of legendary stories that have accumulated around New Testament figures and elaborates upon the lives of the Saints, to emphasize, explain, or embody Christian beliefs.
Legendary history of the Christian churches, such as the tales from the Crusades or the paladins of Charlemagne in medieval romance.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Christian_mythology   (1675 words)

 Phoenix Benu - Crystalinks
In ancient Egyptian mythology and in myths derived from it, the Phoenix is a mythical sacred firebird.
In early Christian tradition the phoenix was adopted as being resurrection and immortality.
Through Christian eyes, we are taught to believe in the resurrection, as Christ himself exhibited the character of the phoenix: "I have the power to lay down my life and to take it up again." Using Christ's life as an example, one can live a similar learning life of rejuvenation.
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 Norse Mythology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Because Norse mythology was transmitted and altered by medieval Christian historians, the original pagan religious beliefs, attitudes, and practices cannot be determined with certainty.
Most information about Norse mythology is preserved in the Old Norse literature, in the Eddas and later sagas; other material appears in commentaries by the Danish historian Saxo Grammaticus and the German writer Adam of Bremen (fl.
Besides Odin, the major deities of Norse mythology were his wife, Frigg, goddess of the home; Thor, god of thunder, who protected humans and the other gods from the giants and who was especially popular among the Norse peasantry; Frey, a god of prosperity; and Freya, sister of Frey, a fertility goddess.
www.geocities.com /Athens/Delphi/8991/scanda.html   (2112 words)

 The Myth of the Historical Veracity of Jesus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The Christian belief that Jesus was the son of God born to a virgin, is typical of Greco-Roman superstition.
According to Christian mythology, Jesus chose him to be the "keeper of the keys to the kingdom of heaven." This is clearly based on the Egyptian pagan deity, Petra, who was the door-keeper of heaven and the afterlife ruled over by Osiris.
However, in Christian mythology, he is portrayed as a concerned ruler who distanced himself from the accusations against Jesus and who was coerced into obeying the demands of the Jews.
mama.indstate.edu /users/nizrael/jesusrefutation.html   (14158 words)

 Christianity and Mythology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Later work on Hebrew mythology there has been but not, as before, on the part of professed theologians; and even that, as we shall see, is to a considerable extent unconvincing, thus failing to counteract the arrest of the study.
Thus mytho­logy is poised on a single stem, where inductive research shows it to have had many; and where in particular the study of animal life, which Mr.
Thus again the science of Mythology, which is the basis of the science of Hierology, is confronted by a principle of schism, as the result of a great thinker's determination to shape the doctrine of evolution in terms of his own specific thought, to the exclusion or subordination of other men's discoveries.
phoenixandturtle.net /excerptmill/robertsonF.htm   (9861 words)

 Christianity without Mythology--Not Your Typical Bunch of Christians
It often makes Christians feel helpless to act in their lives: "Since everything is already predetermined, and we are powerless to change it, why try to assert control over the events in your life?".
Christians are not manipulated like puppets through possession by the Holy Spirit.
The question arises as to why Traditional Christianity chooses to base many doctrines on the ambiguous verses rather than on the abundant number of clear and explicit verses which point to a different understanding.
members.tripod.com /~Christiantruth/index.html   (1789 words)

 judeo-christian mythology - Testimonies of Ex-Christians
I was raised in a Christian family, went to a christian school, and was well educated in biblical tenet.
Since one of the fundamental beliefs of a christian is to not pay attention to anything of the "world", that is, not christian-based, it raises my concern that if the system was the only truth, it should have no concern as to what opposes it.
Why are Christians so accepting of the miracles of the bible, yet anything outside of the bible that's even remotely supernatural is ruled mythical.
www.exchristian.net /testimonies/2005/02/judeo-christian-mythology.php   (745 words)

 The Pre-Christian Inferno
It is to be expected that the Christian and Hebrew philosophers and heroes will make their appearance later, in Purgatory and Paradise.
In feeding his imagination on Roman scholarship and second hand Greek literature, in imparting a fearsome symmetry to the Christian life-after-death, in borrowing the grotesques of the cultures ancestral to his own, in creating such a vivid and detailed classification of crime and punishment, he succeeds.
Christianity after Dante had a darkness, a fantastical drama that it must owe at least in part to its greatest poet.
indagabo.orcon.net.nz /lit/Dante.htm   (986 words)

All people throughout history have had a mythology, legendary stories and narratives attempting to explain their ideals, beliefs, history, and origins.
Most American Christians grew up with a conventional image of the faith that is still the accepted understanding among evangelicals and fundamentalists.
The final myth of conventional American Christianity is its death orientation, which cries out to the non-believer: “Where will you spend eternity?” It all boiled down to the idea that to be saved meant heaven, the rest to eternal damnation.
home.earthlink.net /~wchess/ncuu/archives/AMERICAN_MYTHOLOGY.htm   (1690 words)

 Afterlife Folklore: Christianity
It is a scene of mass confusion, symbolizing the general haze surrounding the afterlife beliefs in Christian mythology, and the sheer scope of that mythology.
The Book of Revelation, in particular, generates much of our popular Christian afterlife imagery: golden streets, angels surrounding God's throne, etc. Christian enthusiasts stress that these Biblical images are the only way to go, though many pick and choose on which images are literal and which are symbolic.
But with the prevalence of the Christian myth in our society, in all its aspects, it is rather shortsighted to categorically deny the non-Biblical or pseudo-Biblical folklore that drives pop Christianity.
www.siskiyous.edu /class/engl12/studentwork/mike/christian.htm   (206 words)

 Christian Witchery
Christian Witchery, as I see it, is the combination of a Christian religious viewpoint and the actual practice of magic and ritual.
Simply, if both Christianity and witchcraft are part of your spiritual/magical/supernatural beliefs, and you are willing to "compromise" in some cases parts of your beliefs in which the acts or faiths of one cancel each other out, you may be a match for Christian Witchcraft.
Feminist-wise, the study of female mystics like Hildegard of Bingen, the mythology surrounding Mary Magdalene, and the study of the personification of the Holy Spirit as Sophia in Gnostic Christian mythology is recommended, not magic.
www.witches-tutorial.com /paths/cw.html   (2397 words)

 Hindu mythology help - Wiki at Help.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Hindu mythology is a term used by modern scholarship for a large body of Indian literature that details the lives and times of legendary personalities, deities and divine incarnations on earth interspersed with often large sections of philosophical and ethical discourse.
The use of term mythology is a western construct applied primarily to non-Judeo-Christian religious literature.
It is intellectually insincere to describe other religious literature as mythology while labeling the biblical literature as ‘legends’.
help.com /wiki/Hindu_mythology   (260 words)

 Essay: The Mythology of J.R.R. Tolkien --The Lord Of The Rings at Hollywood
Mythology, however, is not fantasy: the purpose of mythology is to provide a culture with an acceptable explanation for how that culture's world came to be.
This definition excludes mythology: mythologies are not about an alternate reality, but about the past of the world that we know.
Further, the mythology of a fantastic world would still be considered a proper mythology, if it attempted to explain the origins of that fantastic world; but it would be fantastic mythology—a fantasy nonetheless.
www.hollywoodjesus.com /lord_of_the_rings_return_essay.htm   (3430 words)

 PTET - A survey of the Christian Hell...
The early Christian teaching was that the damned would be burnt in the valley just as the garbage was.
The Christian faith is all tied up together, and when it is attacked at one point, it becomes vulnerable at all.
According to Christian Fundamentalists, the greatest sin is the lack of belief in Jesus Christ as "savior".
ptet.dubar.com /christian-hell.html   (1811 words)

 Wikinfo | Mythology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Myths are generally stories based on tradition and legend designed to explain the universe, the world's creation, natural phenomenon, and anything else for which no simple explanation presents itself.
Although many people think that a mythology must be old, it does not have to be so.
An excellent example of such a mythology is that developed by J.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=Mythology   (653 words)

 Ishmael Community: Talk about wealth!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Christian mythology, built directly on the foundation of Hebrew mythology, depicts the central events of cosmic history as occurring in a relatively brief period of time.
According to our mythology, the world is a human possession, to be used as suits us; it has no intrinsic value, no value outside the human frame of reference.
According to our mythology, there is one (and only one) right for people to live, and we have it (which is why it must be imposed on all others).
www.ishmael.com /education/writings/Diminuendo_interview.shtml   (3877 words)

 The Origins of Christianity
Concerning the issue of Christianity, for example, the majority of people are taught in most schools and churches that Jesus Christ was an actual historical figure and that the only controversy regarding him is that some people accept him as the Son of God and the Messiah, while others do not.
This group included many Gnostics, who strenuously objected to the carnalization of their deity, as the Christians can be shown to have taken many of the characteristics of their god and godman from the Gnostics, meaning "Ones who know," a loose designation applied to members of a variety of esoteric schools and brotherhoods.
The refutations of the Christians against the Gnostics reveal that the Christian godman was an insult to the Gnostics, who held that their god could never take human form.
www.truthbeknown.com /origins.htm   (794 words)

 Prometheus Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
It is hoped that, by bringing together information on the origin and development of every part of the Yahweh- and Jesus-myths, Mythology's Last Gods will make the facts available to a large enough segment of the population to end the equation of god-mythology with history permanently.
This is the first book to critically analyze, and take issue with, every section of the Judaeo-Christian Bible from a wholly skeptical, utterly scholarly perspective.
Mythology's Last Gods is a comprehensive history of the development of Judaeo-Christian god-mythology.
www.prometheusbooks.com /site/catalog/book_27.html   (233 words)

 Mythology - Ancient/Classical History - Homework Help - AllExperts.com
A: Mairs, There are three opposing mythologies of the origin of Eros.
A: Roman mythology was syncretized from Greek mythology.
Q: I was wondering what kind of mythology, if any, the Romans had before they adapted Greek mythology...
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 Article: The Pagan Origins of Christian Mythology - Paulding.com
I'm always amazed at the dichotomy of Christians on this topic -- some are very open minded about it all, and understand the historical things we know are from other faiths altogether, and then there is the flip-side of people that are incredibly offended and deny any combination from any other faith other than Judaism.
I have very close family members that are Christian, and friends that are Christian -- and none of these people have any problem with me as a friend or family member, and we have delightful conversations all the time on such topics.
John Warwick Montgomery draws on his experience as an author, researcher, human rights attorney, law professor, and Christian apologist to present the case establishing the reliability and credibility of both the New Testament eyewitnesses and the documentation confirming the integrity of the claims and character of Jesus Christ.
www.paulding.com /forum/index.php?showtopic=15677   (6123 words)

 Origins of the Savior Myth - Christian Forums
Virtually all of the elements of the Catholic ritual, from miter to wafer to water to altar to doxology, are directly taken from earlier pagan mystery religions.
The Christians went on a censorship rampage that led to the virtual illiteracy of the ancient world and ensured that their secret would be hidden from the masses
Indeed, unlike the "superior" Christians, the true intelligentsia amongst the ancients were well aware that their gods were astronomical and atmospheric in nature.
www.christianforums.com /t1956559   (2696 words)

 The Da Vinci Code Hoax
Christianity has a profound effect on the history of Western civilization and this novel is part and part parcel of the effort to reverse that influence and destroy Truth.
Claiming to be based on solid scholarship, the novel alleges that a secret group of true followers of a Gnostic Jesus and his "wife," Mary Magdalene, the "true" Holy Grail, has engineered a successful cover-up for two thousand years.
In the process she clarifies the historical and Christian teaching about Jesus and His ministry, the history of the early Church, the role of women in the early Church and the solid connection between the apostolic faith and our faith today.
www.lcchristiansoftware.com /DaVinciCodeHoax.htm   (1724 words)

There are probably thousands of different definitions of the word "Christian." We have chosen the same inclusive definition as is used by public opinion pollsters and government census offices: A "Christian" includes any group or individual who seriously, devoutly, prayerfully describes themselves as Christian.
Many Christians are aware of their own denomination's current beliefs, but are unfamiliar with the history of those beliefs, or of the teachings of other denominations.
Christians will become a minority in in Canada about 2023 and in the U.S. about the year 2042.
www.religioustolerance.org /christ.htm   (1051 words)

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