As a young widow, his mother, the former Alice Henrietta Cowen, turned missionary in the inner-city slums of late-Victorian England. So Arthur Weigall went from an unconventional home life in Salford to Wellington College , a school with strong establishment and military connections. He started work as an apprentice clerk in the City of London , but a youthful fascination with genealogy led him to the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt and so into Egyptology. A mysterious patroness encouraged him to apply for New College, Oxford.
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Trashes whole of Core Christianity. The premise of the entire book is that if something was taught before it was written in the Bible, it is of pagan origin. Problem is, Weigall claims to have found 27 major Bible doctrines to exist in Pagan religions before it was first recorded in the Bible. The idea was only adopted by the Church three hundred years after the death of our Lord. The origin of the seven-day week which was used by the Jews and certain other peoples, but not till, later by the Greeks or Romans, is to be sought in some primitive worship of the moon The Paganism in Our Christianity, Arthur Weigall, , p, Weigall Trashes the whole of Christianity as being of Pagan origin!
We have both the book and have read it. The truth is, Wiegall really does trash the whole of Christianity. After reading the book it becomes clear that whenever Weigall shows "parallels" with Christian doctrine and paganism, what he is really saying, is that the doctrine is false and truly not part of genuine Christianity! Let me give you two examples of what Weigall actually believes himself about what he calls, "true Christianity. Paul, whose figure, like a cloud, intervenes between the Christian and the [true] historic Jesus.
He tells us in his introduction on page 27, "Personally, however, I am quite certain that, when stripped of their supernatural trappings [ Weigall is referring to the four gospels, which he things are full of errors], and when critically edited [again he shows he believes the gospels are full of errors and must be "critically edited"] they place before us with absolutely unmistakable authenticity the historic figure of a young man, the son of a carpenter, who went about the country preaching It is us who have read the book and we have accurately represented Weigall.
He trashes all of Christianity, except for " young man, the son of a carpenter, who went about the country preaching". Weigall has one argument in his book: If a Bible doctrine is found in pagan religions, then the Bible doctrine had its origin in Paganism. Yet Weigall also finds the virgin birth, death, resurrection and ascension of Christ in pagan religions. If they can read all what Weigall says was pagan and not immediately label their own organization as dishonest on the spot, they are simply too blind to reason anything.
As Jesus said: "leave them alone, they are blind guides". Just as bad that Sabbatarians will quote from Weigall to proves Sunday is pagan, when in the same sentence he states that the origin of the Sabbath is also pagan!
Full Texts: The Twelve Disciples Derived From Zodiac: "There is evidence, it is suggested, of the cult of a sun-god called Joshua or Jesus in primitive times, whose, twelve disciples were the twelve signs of the Zodiac and just as Jesus Christ with His twelve apostles came to Jerusalem to eat the Paschal lamb, so Joshua crossed the Jordan with his twelve helpers and offered that jamb on the other side, and so the Greek Jason -an identical name- with his twelve retainers went in search of the golden fleece of the lamb.
It is pointed out that there are no contemporary or nearly contemporary references to Jesus in history, with the exception of those in the genuine Epistles of Paul and Peter, where, however, His life on earth is hardly mentioned at all, nor anything which really establishes Him as a historic personage" The Paganism in Our Christianity, Arthur Weigall, , p25 The 27 books of the New Testament Canon is invalid: "Thus, the books of the New Testament may be placed in the following order:-The genuine Pauline Epistles, from A.
Mark, from A. John, from A. James, from A. Luke, about A. Matthew, from A. Jude, from A. Peter, about A. D In this Twentieth Century it is astounding to hear Christian people declare that the Bible, and particularly the New Testament, says so-and- so, and that therefore it must be true. Do they not understand that the New Testament is a collection of books of varying credibility put together and accepted as canonical only in the 4th century A.
In quoting from the New Testament the above mentioned dates should always be kept in mind; and in regard to the Gospels it should be remembered that St. Matthew and St. John are the least trustworthy, so many years having elapsed in. Nevertheless, when the element of the incredibly Supernatural is removed, these canonical books provide us with a literature which is of first. The growth of such a story may well be understood, for tales of the births of pagan gods and heroes from the union of a deity with a maiden were common.
In the first place we have to recognise that nothing is known with certainty about his birth, childhood, and early manhood" The Paganism in Our Christianity, Arthur Weigall, , p49 Jesus born in a stable and wrapped in swaddling clothing is of pagan origin: "In St.
Matthew Jesus is born in a house; but in St. Luke He is born in a stable,. The mythological origin of this idea, however, is so obvious that the whole story must be abandoned.
Firstly, as regards the cave: the cave shown at Bethlehem as the birthplace of Jesus was actually a rock shrine in which the god Tammuz or Adonis was worshipped, as the early Christian Father, Jerome, tells us; and its adoption as the scene of the birth of our Lord was one of those frequent instances of the taking over by Christians of a pagan sacred site.
Then, as regards the stable: St. Luke I says that when the child was born Mary wrapped Him in swaddling. The author of the Gospel of St. Mark, did not assume its present form until between forty and seventy years after the death of our Lord, and the other Gospels are still later in date; and it is absolutely incredible that the stories about Him should have remained unexaggerated and unaugmented during that period.
Tales about a popular hero invariably expand; and in the case of those relating to Jesus, who was accepted by His early followers at first as the God sent Messiah and then as the Son of God incarnate on earth, it is impossible to believe that they would not gradually have been embellished, or that some of them would not have been developed around an insignificant nucleus, or unconsciously borrowed from other sources, or even invented.
Far more incredible stories have been told about other people than about Jesus. To take a single instance: just before Julius Caesar was assassinated, all the doors and windows of his. These, and hundreds of similar stories in connection with other persons, were the talk of the world at the time of the composition of the Gospels. Everybody believed in miraculous events, in signs and wonders; and it was always assumed that saintly or divine personages showed their.
Plotinus, the philosopher, is said, to have performed them; Apollonius of Tyana is credited with many miracles; and those told of the early Christian saints are far more numerous and far more extraordinary than are those of the Founder of the Faith. Mark, the earliest Gospel. The Gospel of St. John does not relate the story at all. Only St. Luke A. Matthew A. The hoofed god Pan is the prototype of Satan, and there is a pagan legend which relates how the young Jupiter was led by Pan to the top of a mountain from which he could see the countries of the world.
John says nothing, and those of St. Mark and St. Luke speak only of the rending of the veil of the temple and of the darkness or overcasting of the sky for three hours. The story of the earthquake, the upheaval of the rocks, the bursting open of the graves, and the appearance of the dead, is alone related in St.
Of course there is no reason why an earthquake should not have occurred on that day, but if it had really taken place it is almost inconceivable that none of the three earlier Gospels should have mentioned it. In this way the critical argument that the Gospel story of the Crucifixion is too similar to an account of a human sacrifice to be believed is disposed of It was a human sacrifice.
Actually what had happened was that a soldier had pricked His side to ascertain that He was dead, just as Panteus pricked the bodies of Cleomenes and his companions to see if life were extinct.
Strabo tells us that the primitive Albanians used to sacrifice a human being to the moon-goddess by piercing his side with - a sacred spear; and in the spring sacrifice at Salamis the human victim was similarly pierced by a lance. So, also, in the human sacrifices to Odin the victims were strung up on the sacred tree, and, when dead, were pierced by a spear; A and in the worship of Mithra, the bull, which was identical with Mithra himself, was stabbed in the side, as can be seen in the well-known Mthraic sculptures.
In this case the supposed angelic figures seen by the two Marys would have been mortal men who had helped our Lord during the night. In support of this theory it is to be observed that He had not been much hurt by being crucified.
It was not the custom to drive nails through the feet, for the victim usually stood upon a block projecting from the cross; and the Gospel of St. John speaks of His hands being wounded but not His feet.
The god Adonis, whose worship flourished in the lands in which Christianity grew up, was thought to have ascended into the sky in the presence of his followers after his resurrection; and, similarly, Dionysos, Herakles, Hyacinth, Krishna, Mithra, and other deities went up into heaven.
But if Jesus Christ did not at a specific moment ascend into heaven, what was His end? Some critics suppose that He lived on in retirement, and that He was actually seen by St. Paul in that experience which is usually thought to have been only a vision, and which may have taken place as early as two or three years after the Crucifixion. In support of this theory, it is to be noted But as I say, this conception had passed into the background in the days of Jesus" The Paganism in Our Christianity, Arthur Weigall, , p Jesus decent into Hades is of pagan origin: "But there is one feature of the Gospel story which seems really to have been borrowed from the Adonis religion, and, in fact, from other pagan religions also, namely, the descent into Hell.
In the case of Orpheus it is to. Osiris and Isis, so runs the legend, were brother and sister and also husband and wife; but Osiris was murdered, his coffined body being thrown into the Nile, and shortly afterwards the widowed and exiled Isis gave birth to a son, Horus. The coffin, meanwhile, was washed up on the Syrian coast, and became miraculously lodged in the trunk of a tree, so that Osiris, like other sacrificed gods, could be described as having been.
She detached the coffin from it and mourned over it; but the. She then took the body of Osiris back to Egypt, where it was found by the evil powers, who tore it to pieces; but these pieces were put together again, and the god rose from the dead. The words of St. Justin Martyr complains that the prophetic words in the Book of Daniel regarding a stone which was cut out of the rock without hands were also used in the Mithraic ritual; and it is apparent that the great importance attached by the early Church to the supposed words of Jesus in regard to Peter "Upon this rock I will build my church " was due to their approximation to the Mithitaic idea of the Theos ek Petras, the "God from the Rock.
In primitive days cannibalism had been very widely practiced so for the purpose of acquiring the virtues of the dead person by eating his flesh and drinking his blood. It was customary to eat the flesh of a sacrificial victim, either human or animal, and in the cases in which such victims were identified with the deity to whom they were offered, the flesh was eaten and the blood drunk in order to effect communion with the divinity.
In the ancient world there was a very wide-spread belief in the sufferings and deaths of gods as being beneficial to man. Adonis, Attis, Dionysos, Herakles, Mithra, Osiris, and other deities, were all saviour-gods whose deaths were regarded as sacrifices made on behalf of mankind; and It Is to be noticed that in almost every case there is clear evidence that the god sacrificed himself to himself.
Paul regarded Jesus Christ as the Son of God does not in itself imply, as we are carelessly inclined to suppose, that he thought of Him as God. Hercules was the son of Zeus by the lady Alcmene; Plato was thought by some to be the son of Apollo; Pythagoras was the son of a god; Apollonius Of Tyana, a contemporary of Jesus, was the son of the god Proteus; and so forth.
This was quite a logical mental conception in view of the fact that the gods themselves were believed to be but aggrandised human beings: Zeus, or Jupiter, was a big, bearded man; Apollo was a clean-shaven youth; and even Jehovah could walk in a garden to enjoy the cool of the evening.
The gods were just supermen, and thus could, of course, have sons. Nevertheless, St. But He was not to be confused with the Supreme Being. In the Gospel of St. John; but, even so, He was still distinct from the Father. Pagan thought, in fact, was now having an influence upon Christianity, and, indeed, the idea of the Logos itself was pagan, though it was introduced in early times into Judaism there is considerable indication of it, I may mention, in Mithraism, Mithra being regarded as the power which upheld the sun, rather than the sun itself, an idea already appearing in the worship of Aton in Egypt in the Fourteenth Century B.
Mithra was considered to be both begotten by, and also co-equal with, Ormuzd, the Creator. It was only natural, therefore, that Christianity should also identify its Founder with God; yet though the idea passes through the minds of the Christian writers of the Second and Third Centuries, it was widely opposed.
The idea was only adopted by the Church three hundred years after the death of our Lord; and the origin of the conception is entirely pagan.
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Arthur Weigall Explained Arthur Edward Pearse Brome Weigall — 3 January was an English Egyptologist , stage designer, journalist and author whose works span the whole range from histories of Ancient Egypt through historical biographies, guide-books, popular novels, screenplays and lyrics. As a young widow, his mother, the former Alice Henrietta Cowen, turned missionary in the inner-city slums of late-Victorian England. So Arthur Weigall went from an unconventional home life in Salford to Wellington College , a school with strong establishment and military connections. He started work as an apprentice clerk in the City of London , but a youthful fascination with genealogy led him to the pharaoh s of Ancient Egypt and so into Egyptology. A mysterious patroness encouraged him to apply for New College, Oxford.
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