Religion

THE MEANING OF RELIGIOUS FAITH

SPIRITUALITY AND THE IMMORTAL SOUL

Religious belief and religious tradition are two of the foundations of civilisation. They are expressed in art, in literature, in a vast number of practices and traditions, in every nation state and in every part of the globe. The concept of a creator God and his continued interest in mankind is ever present in British culture and whether or not one has a serious faith, it is an area of life that can be explored at any time. AOAS believe that religious belief, myth and tradition are not vain, or a concept that was created by man but are in fact elements within the vast universe in which we dwell, upon this small blue-green orb of Earth. In particular, although it is not uncommon to object to religious belief, or to blame the dark hand of human fate upon it, AOAS say that religion is as much a part of the real world, as is the reliability of atomic fission. We wish to express to you that we believe in it and that within its bounds are wonders and mysteries of such primal majesty that to live your own life, without ever having walked freely in the great libraries of religious knowledge, is a sad and unfortunate thing. AOAS say that for all of the corruption, the manipulation and the lies which are told in the name of a religious creed, yet there is also a core, which is timeless and mysterious and deeply true. You must not assume that the true nature of being and of genesis and of the words of a god are always expressed appropriately in one denomination, or tradition, or in another. A great part of the true mystery of human life is that there are gaps in our spiritual knowledge and it is our own duty and burden and vocation to find out for ourselves what is the true meaning of theology and the spirit and the immortal soul. Among the useful resources which we have gathered together on this site we whole-heartedly recommend that you become acquainted with the doctrines of Astrotheology. For within them comes a better understanding of what religion really is. The great mysteries of life are best pondered while one's mind is open. Sometimes problems disappear when our hearts and minds are open. If we had to impart to you but one vital and important truth we would tell you that you should not fear the attitude of God. Whatever the nature of the mind associated with the presence of God, it is not arbitrarily cruel and we should not fear God in vain, nor should we ever be weary of God, nor think him dull, or boring in any way. When we think of God as being dull or monstrous then we are connecting with an idea which is far removed from the God of our forefathers. Theology is an endlessly fascinating area of study and we commend it to you. We also say that in these times there is much good work to be completed within the worlds of the major religious faiths, and in particular within Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Why not contribute to setting aright the relationships between the disparate bands of the traditions? The differences between, for example, the Protestant and Catholic faiths are historically of great importance and yet we warn you, that from simple differences can come the most terrible conflicts and suffering. There are wonders and treasures held by many faiths and the history of conflict has caused real harm to the societies and cultures of the modern world. If enough good people in each faith understood and celebrated the common history and beliefs between the sects of God, it would be a great and stable achievement.

MICHAEL TSARION

The world is blessed that so many clever, thoughtful people, after having studied and read widely, emerge into the wider world and share their discoveries and their understanding with others. Of all of the writers and researchers, still living, of the discourse on astrotheology, Michael Tsarion is trully extraordinary. This man grew up in Belfast at the time of the 'troubles', the great conflict over the sovereignty of Northern Ireland which still continues to this day. A thinking man, he spent years reading and studying ancient texts and the important work of modern scholars in his own quest for truth and for the knowledge of the meaning of human life and religious faith. He has lectured around the world and written a number of excellent books. If you study Michael Tsarion you quickly learn about his own literary and spiritual mentors and his quest for the truth is, in many ways, an echo of their lives and their quest. AOAS say that man (and women of course) are much alike. Those at the stage of their spiritual journey will eventually realise that it is but the same spiritual journey. Tsarion has made a number of powerful and highly controversial assertions about the nature of the world and of human history and even cryptozoology. AOAS believes that he is correct. There is a lot to be said for writers, who through an interest in the humanities, pursue uncommon areas of study and determine to take a stand on some controversial or unpopular position. However, for all of his accounts it is his deep understanding of the nature of religion, for which AOAS commend him. A central theme in Tsarion's work is the phenomena of correspondences. Again and again, similarities are found in the narratives of religous faiths and spiritual beliefs. All of the great stories, so often beautifully expressed in the biographies of persons who may or may not have had an actual physical existence, are to be read also as metaphors for the stories of great astrological events. The ancients and the many authors of the great accounts of spiritual and religious journeys have encoded in innumerable tales, hidden and well-known truths about astrological alignments, planetary relationships and, perhaps, of the ancient astral origins of the human race. What then is a religion? It is a stage: for the great dance of the stars and the planetary bodies, of their great conjunctions and their primeval history, of their effects upon the nature of the Earth and its inhabitants and of another equally important aspect: the meaning of the personality of the gods. Yet we must not forget that religion is also a great part of the History of experience. It is a great part of the lives and of the blood of the men, the women and the children who lived out their own lives amid the great events and the dances of the great personalities of the religious faiths of all time. AOAS remark that if you can get through your life without thinking religion to be a dull, sterile or monstrous proposition, then you must be doing remarkably well. For within the words and substance of religion are facts and truths which are like a spring within a great desert. The more you can learn of a religion, the more you will know of the real world.

THE MYSTERIES OF RELIGIOUS FAITH: Religion is not a dull and tired occupation. That modern Westerners sometimes view it as such is an hilarious phenomenon of the nature of the society in which we live. Religion is connected with the very fact that the sun will rise tomorrow and that the Earth itself turns now. What of the legendary religous artefacts? What do they mean and are they really possessed of a power? What of the Ark of the Covenant? Was it a technology through which a man spoke to the God? Why did the Aztec priests slaughter their own people en masse before their gods at the great South American pyramid sites? Moreover, why did the ancients encode astrological and astronomical alignments into the construction of their places of worship?

Ark of Covenant
Human Sacrifice
Star Constellations
OVERVIEW OF RELIGION


WHAT IS RELIGION?
Religion is any cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, world views, texts, sanctified places, ethics, or organizations, that relate humanity to the supernatural or transcendental. Religions relate humanity to what anthropologist Clifford Geertz has referred to as a cosmic "order of existence".[1] However, there is no scholarly consensus over what precisely constitutes a religion.[2][3] Different religions may or may not contain various elements ranging from the divine,[4] sacred things,[5] faith,[6] a supernatural being or supernatural beings[7] or "some sort of ultimacy and transcendence that will provide norms and power for the rest of life". [8] Religious practices may include rituals, sermons, commemoration or veneration (of deities), sacrifices, festivals, feasts, trances, initiations, funerary services, matrimonial services, meditation, prayer, music, art, dance, public service, or other aspects of human culture. Religions have sacred histories and narratives, which may be preserved in sacred scriptures, and symbols and holy places, that aim mostly to give a meaning to life. Religions may contain symbolic stories, which are sometimes said by followers to be true, that have the side purpose of explaining the origin of life, the Universe and other things. Traditionally, faith, in addition to reason, has been ...READ MORE
WHAT IS THEOLOGY?
Augustine of Hippo defined the Latin equivalent, theologia, as "reasoning or discussion concerning the Deity";[4] Richard Hooker defined "theology" in English as "the science of things divine".[5] The term can, however, be used for a variety of different disciplines or fields of study.[6] Theology begins with the assumption that the divine exists in some form, such as in physical, supernatural, mental, or social realities, and that evidence for and about it may be found via personal spiritual experiences and/or historical records of such experiences as documented by others. The study of these assumptions is not part of theology proper but is found in the philosophy of religion, and increasingly though the psychology of religion and neurotheology. Theology then aims to structure and understand these experiences and concepts, and to use them to derive normative prescriptions for how to live our lives. Theologians use various forms of analysis and argument (experiential, philosophical, ethnographic, historical, and others) to help understand, explain, test, critique, defend or promote any of myriad religious topics. As in philosophy of ethics and case law, arguments often assume the existence of previously resolved questions, and develop by making analogies from them to draw new inferences in new situations...READ MORE
WHAT IS SPIRITUALITY?
Traditionally, spirituality refers to a religious process of re-formation which "aims to recover the original shape of man," oriented at "the image of God" as exemplified by the founders and sacred texts of the religions of the world. In modern times the emphasis is on subjective experience of a sacred dimension[1] and the "deepest values and meanings by which people live,"[2][3] often in a context separate from organized religious institutions.[4] Modern spirituality typically includes a belief in a supernatural (beyond the known and observable) realm,[5] personal growth,[6] a quest for an ultimate/sacred meaning,[7] religious experience,[8] or an encounter with one's own "inner dimension."[9] The meaning of spirituality has developed and expanded over time, and various connotations can be found alongside each other.[10][11][12][note 1] The term "spirituality" originally developed within early Christianity, referring to a life oriented toward the Holy Spirit.[13] During late medieval times the meaning broadened to include mental aspects of life, while in modern times the term both spread to other religious traditions[14] and broadened to refer to a wider range of experience, including a range of esoteric traditions. The term spirit means "animating or vital principle in man and animals".[web 1] It is derived from the Old French espirit[web 1] which comes ... READ MORE

HELENA BLAVATSKY

One cannot go too far in the study of religious faith without having considered the themes of Reason, the Spirit and the Supernatural. The Spirit is expressed in so many different ways within every religion and yet it is in itself a distinct concept. One of the most important figures in spirituality of the Western mind is the extraordinary girl Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. Of Russian descent her life was an adventure and she typified the wealthier sort of adventurers of the period in which she lived. She left behind her a wealth of valuable literature as well as a great many legends and stories concerning the Hindu, Muslim, Judaic, Christian and Bhuddist faiths. Blavatsky's attitude to religion is very interesting. From the Wikipedia entry on her it is said: "Blavatsky expounded what has been described as a "monotheistic, immanentist, and mystical cosmology".[282] Blavatsky was a pantheist,[283] and emphasized the idea of an impersonal divinity, referring to the Theosophical God as a "universal Divine Principle, the root of All, from which all proceeds, and within which all shall be absorbed at the end of the great cycle of being".[267] She was dismissive of the Christian idea of God in the Western world, describing it as "a bundle of contradictions and a logical impossibility."[267] She stated that the universe emanated from this Divine Principle, with each particle of matter being infused with a spark of the divine.[284] Lower Orders emanated from higher ones, before becoming increasingly dense and being absorbed back into the Divine Principle.[284] This cosmology exhibited commonalities with the scientific discoveries of geology and biological evolution, both of which had been revealed by scientific inquiry during the 19th century." READ MORE. Blavatsky is of importance also in the study of ancient civilisations and the occult. As with every spiritual person there is much scepticism about the things which she said and about the things which she attested to having experienced. We cannot say for sure that all of her claims are to be taken literally for she was a real person and real people from time to time must play the game. Of particular importance were here books Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine. If you are at a time in your life when the World seems dull and your faith in God, or in a religious tradition, is tired and bored then read Blavatsky's stories. She made a very deep study of the mysticism and mystical traditions of the East. Her meetings with adepts from mystical and religious traditions are fascinating accounts in which she attests and describes, often in great detail, some of the extraordinary color of the Eastern countries, their geography, history and most of all their magic. When she returned to the West she brought back a great deal of knowledge and she became the central figure of the Theosophical movement. It survives and prospers to this day and it is dedicated to the study of the occult nature of man and the human experience. It is in many ways an ancestor of the AOAS Group, since we exist also to open the eyes and minds of men and women in the study of hidden and unusual truths. That spiritualism and the spirit are often mocked, disbelieved and pilloried, is no reason to teat Theosophy with a false scepticism. It is in fact a very interesting and worthy intellectual pastime and we commend it to you all.

D M MURDOCH (IN MEMORIAM: 1961 - 25 December 2015)

The late Acharya S (D M Murdoch) was a scholar in comparative religion and mythology. She was one of those rare people who dared to explore ideas which are unorthodox, in the pursuit of a more important truth. In her article Jesus the Druid, she says : Another nation in which the native sun god was overthrown by the Jewish Son of God was Great Britain, where the ancient Druidism was likewise appropriated by the later Christianity. "While the "Jesus in India" theory asserts the Jewish sage spent his entire early years there, the British tale of Jesus has him travel in his youth to Glastonbury in order to learn from the Druids. The story goes that many of the tin miners in Britain at the time of Jesus's alleged advent were Jewish, which is sensible since British tin-mining was evidently highly valued by the Jews' Phoenician predecessors and cousins. One such miner was purportedly Jesus's "uncle" Joseph of Arimathea, who, along with Jesus, allegedly founded the first Christian church at Glastonbury. Certainly there were Jews in England at the time of Jesus's supposed existence, as there were diffused throughout much of the world. However, the fact that Glastonbury was a "great Pagan sanctuary" in pre-Christian times makes this story suspicious as mythmaking and propaganda. Among other things, Glastonbury was purportedly the seat of the "Holy Grail" or sacred chalice, a pre-Christian concept, and has been equated with the mythical pagan paradise Avalon. ". At the time of writing, her website 'Truth Be Known' is still up and contains a lot of her work and articles. AOAS believe that there was a historical Jesus but we also believe that many of Acharya S's thoughts and ideas are correct. From the entry in Wikipedia: 'Dorothy Milne Murdock[1][2][3] (1961 – December 25, 2015),[4] better known by her pen names Acharya S and D. M. Murdock,[5][6] was an American internet personality and a proponent of the Christ myth theory.[7] She wrote and operated a website focused on history, religion and spirituality, and astro-theology. She argued that the Christian canon, as well as its important figures, were based on Roman, Greek, Egyptian, and other myths.[8] Her theories have been poorly received by mainstream scholars.[9]. Murdock was born to James Milne Murdock and Beatrice Murdock in Massachusetts and grew up in Avon, Connecticut.[4][10] She received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Classics, Greek Civilization, from Franklin and Marshall College, after which she spent a year at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece.[4][11] She died of breast cancer that spread into her immune system and liver on December 25, 2015. Murdock had one son, Jason, and she was known as "Dori" to loved ones.[4][12][13] Murdock began her website, Truth Be Known, in 1995.[14] In 1999, as Acharya S, she published her first book, The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold, arguing the concept of Jesus Christ and his story is a fabrication.[15] Her 2007 book, Who Was Jesus? Fingerprints of The Christ continues the theme of The Christ Conspiracy by expanding her theory questioning the historicity of Jesus, alleging "early Christian history to be largely mythical, by sorting through available historical and archaeological data." In 2009 she released Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection and The Gospel According to Acharya S .[16]'. ...READ MORE.  AOAS say that Murdoch distilled the mystery of religion and explored it.

Her publications include the following books:

Murdock, D.M. (as Acharya S) (1999). The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold. Kempton, Illinois: Adventures Unlimited Press. ISBN 0-932813-74-7. Murdock, D.M. (as Acharya S) (2004). Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled. Kempton, Illinois: Adventures Unlimited Press. ISBN 1-931882-31-2. Murdock, D.M. (2007). Who Was Jesus? Fingerprints of The Christ. Stellar House Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9799631-0-0. Murdock, D.M. (2009). Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection. Stellar House Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9799631-1-7. Murdock, D.M. (2009). The Gospel According to Acharya S. Stellar House Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9799631-2-4. Murdock, D.M. (2014). Did Moses Exist? The Myth of the Israelite Lawgiver. Stellar House Publishing. ISBN 0-9799631-8-4.

 THE MYSTERIES OF RELIGIOUS FAITH AND RELIGIOUS BELIEFS IN VIDEO
Tsarion on Deception
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EPIC OF GILGAMESH
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DANGEROUS CULTS
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APOCRYPHA
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MORMON
Fallen Angels
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The Secret Doctrine
SECRET DOCTRINE
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RISE OF SATANISM
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NORSE MYTHOS
The Upanishads
UPANISHADS
Theology
ON THEOLOGY
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EGYPT AND CHRISTIANITY
Prabhupada
PRABHUPADA
harsh truths
HARSH TRUTHS
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Religion origins
RELIGION AND ORIGINS

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SAINT GEORGE OF LYDDA

Christianity is a wonderful institution. Whether we are successful in our objectives in life, whether we believe in a god, or in a nation, or whether we are unsuccessful and fall into harms way, Christianity will remain. It will always accept us, in spite of our failings and it will always be willing to engage with us. Christianity is all the more important because of the many good and distinguished persons who have believed in Christ and in God and whose lives have become so closely interwoven with the beliefs and practices of the tradition as to have become a part of the very fabric of the religion. Among the Christians are a hidden army of men and women, whose deeds in life really do echo in eternity. So brave they were, or so innocent, unloved by common man, abused, beaten, imprisoned and tortured yet something within them could not be touched, nor could it be changed. There was something in their hearts which was volatile, inflammatory and aloof, yet it was so precious that all the evils of the world could not change it and it could not be assumed, so as to become the sport of fools or blackguards. Here we remember and dedicate our observation and respect for the patron saint of England George of Lydda. Saint George (Greek: Γεώργιος, Geṓrgios; Latin: Georgius; between 256–285 A.D to 23 April 303), according to legend, was a Roman soldier of Greek origin and officer in the Guard of Roman emperor Diocletian, who was sentenced to death for failing to recant his Christian faith (Wikipedia). As a Christian martyr, he later became one of the most venerated saints in Christianity, and was especially venerated by the Crusaders. George's parents were Christians of Greek background, his father Gerontius (Greek: Γερόντιος, Gerontios meaning "old man" in Greek) was a Roman army official from Cappadocia, and his mother Polychronia (Greek name, meaning she who lives many years) was a Christian and a Greek native[3] from Lydda in the Roman province of Syria Palaestina.In hagiography, as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and one of the most prominent military saints, he is immortalised in the myth of Saint George and the Dragon. His memorial, Saint George's Day, is traditionally celebrated on April 23. (See under "Feast days" below for the use of the Julian calendar by the Eastern Orthodox Church.) ...On 24 February 303, Diocletian, influenced by Galerius, issued an edict that every Christian soldier in the army should be degraded and every soldier required to offer sacrifice to the Roman gods. Seeing the edict, George freed his slaves, distributed his wealth to the poor, and prepared to meet his fate. He then confronted the emperor about the edict and declared himself to be a Christian. Diocletian attempted to convert George, offering gifts of land, money, and slaves if he would sacrifice to the gods, but the tribune refused.[11] Recognizing the futility of his efforts and insisting on upholding his edict, Diocletian ordered that George be arrested ... READ MORE

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BOOKS

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R H BROWN

Stellar Theology & Masonic Astronomy. Foreword by Jordan Maxwell. This incredibly detailed book reveals the hidden meanings behind occult signs and symbols from ancient times, found in what is termed stellar theology, and then carried over into modern religions. Few people have any knowledge of the occult or hidden connections between Judaism, Christianity and the Bible with World Freemasonry. Brown, a Freemason, provides these important connections. Covers ancient astronomy and how it became incorporated ...

Acharya S Book
ACHARYA S

The Moses-Dionysus Connection. The Moses-Dionysus connection is a 15-page ebook/PDF highlighting the commonalities between the Hebrew lawgiver and the Greek god, also known as Bacchus. This ebook represents an adaptation of the forthcoming book Did Moses Exist? The Myth of the Israelite Lawgiver. Why have scholars since the early 17th century - many of them Christian theologians - composed studies of correspondences between Moses and Dionysus/Bacchus? What are these parallels, and where do they come from? What are some ...

Michael Tsarion Book
MICHAEL TSARION

Christians do not need to find salvation from sin. They need to find salvation from priestly deceivers with everything to lose should their congregations discover the true origins of their religion. They need to be saved from mythmongers and forgers guilty of cannibalizing the traditions of ancient Cults. Judeo-Christian theology is based on Astro-Theology. It is a corrupt hybrid of Irish Druidism and Egyptian Amenism. The future of Christianity depends upon this truth being widely known and accepted. It depends on ...

ALVIN BOYD KUHN

Alvin Boyd Kuhn (September 22, 1880 – September 14, 1963) was an American Theosophist. A publisher who wrote books that he published himself and a lecturer, he was a known proponent of the Christ myth theory. Born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, Kuhn studied the Ancient Greek language at university.[1] He obtained his B.A. in 1903 and started his career working as a language teacher in high schools. He enrolled in summer sessions at Columbia University in 1926 and 1927, and then quit teaching to devote to full-time studies in 1927. His thesis, Theosophy: A Modern Revival of the Ancient Wisdom was, according to Kuhn, the first instance in which an individual has been "permitted" by any modern American or European university to obtain his doctorate with a thesis on Theosophy.[citation needed] Kuhn later expanded his thesis into his first book of the same name in 1930. After obtaining his Ph.D. in 1931, he returned to teaching for one year, but then spent the next 30 years writing, lecturing, and running his own publishing house, Academy Press in Elizabeth, New Jersey.[2] Highly influenced by the work of Gerald Massey and Godfrey Higgins, Kuhn contended that the Bible derived its origins from other Pagan religions and much of Christian history was pre-extant as Egyptian mythology. He also proposed that the Bible was symbolic and did not depict real events, and argued that the leaders of the church started to misinterpret the bible at the end of the third century.[citation needed] Some modern authors including Tom Harpur and John G. Jackson[citation needed] are influenced by the works of Kuhn. Harpur dedicated his 2004 book, "The Pagan Christ" to Kuhn, calling him "a man of immense learning and even greater courage" and “one of the single greatest geniuses of the twentieth century” [who] “towers above all others of recent memory in intellect and his understanding of the world’s religions.” Harpur notes that Kuhn gave nearly 2,000 public lectures which were lengthy, detailed and well-attended, but claims that Kuhn's self-publishing may have resulted in a lack of attention to his work.[3] The author of over 150 books, essays and published papers, Kuhn completed his final book, A Rebirth for Christianity, shortly before his death on September 14, 1963, in Morristown, New Jersey. At the time if his death, he left two unfinished hand-written manuscripts. Several of his works have been published or reprinted posthumously, and many are available electronically.[4]


Selected Bibliography:

Theosophy: A Modern Revival of Ancient Wisdom (1930, 2009) Kindle eBook The Lost Light: An Interpretation of Ancient Scriptures (1940) Who is this King of Glory? (1944) Sex as Symbol (1945) The Tree of Knowledge (1947, 2012) The Shadow of the Third Century: A Revaluation of Christianity (1949) India's True Voice (1955) A Rebirth for Christianity (1963, 1971, 2005) The Ultimate Canon of Knowledge (1963, 2011) Hark! Messiah Speaks (1985) Christ's Three Days in Hell (1990) Study Case of the Missing Messiah (1990) Study Esoteric Structure of the Alphabet (No Date) Pamphlet Easter - The Birthday of the Gods (2009) Kindle eBook Mary Magdalene and Her Seven Devils (2012) Kindle eBook Alvin Boyd Kuhn's Collection (2012) Kindle eBook [source WIKIPEDIA]

source: ALVIN BOYD KUHN WIKI

STORIES ABOUT RELIGION FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Jordan Maxwell DVD

THE DAWN OF A NEW DAY From the amazing Jordan Maxwell, a new DVD that simply must be watched. Available from the Jordan Maxwell website. Researching this subject for over 40 years, this is truly of Jordan Maxwell’s treasured release. Exposing the symbol which seems to permeate so many different and opposing factions throughout the world and history, Jordan shows that the idea of a ‘New Dawn’ is much more profound and perhaps sinister than few have been able to recognize. (90 min. presentation)


Sacred Sites

SACRED SITES Sites all around the world which are imbued with power and mystery. Martin Gray has travelled extensively and consolidated spiritual and cultural knowledge of the ancient structures and sacred grounds of human civilisation. His website really must be visited. AOAS says that Gray's website will be a dream come true for many thinking persons. It is packed with good information and clever analysis. It really is one of the most important religious, spiritual and cultural resources on the world wide web. Gray also sells his books from the website.


Atheism, Islam

ATHEIST AND MUSLIM An Atheist Asks a Muslim 4 Questions on Islam and Muslims OCTOBER 11, 2017 BY EJAZ NAQVI, MD. "In order to promote cross channel understanding, Matthew Facciani, a Patheos blogger, and I have agreed to ask each other questions related to our respective beliefs and practices. Matthew is a sociology PhD student, science communicator, and gender equality activist. Matthew went first and asked me 4 questions. Here are his questions and my responses. Q1. I have to be honest. I was very unfamiliar with “Born Again Muslims!” How would you describe your religious beliefs and how did your religious journey lead you here? Did you practice any other faiths before Islam? No, I did not practice any other faiths before Islam. But there was a time I was a ‘Muslim’ in name mostly."


Kurdistan: Religion

RELIGION IN KURDISTAN The infusion of an Indo-European (Iranic) language, culture, and genetic element into the Kurdish population over the two millennia preceding the Christian era also entailed the incorporation of Aryan religious practices and deities into indigenous Kurdish faith(s). Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Manichaeism, and Christianity successively made inroads into Kurdistan. The most holy of Zoroastrianism's three grand fire temples, that of Âzargushasp, was built at the holy site of Ganzak (modern Takâb) in eastern Kurdistan in the northern environs of the Kurdish city of Bijâr. The irnposing ruins of the temple are still extant. Despite this, Zoroastrianism did not succeed in converting any appreciable proportion of the Kurds. In fact, it was the indigenous Kurdish religions that, in addition to deeply influencing Zoroastrianism, on two instances attempted to absorb that religion.


Martin Luther

MARTIN LUTHER  Martin Luther The life of Martin Luther is one of the most fascinating stories in the history of Christianity. It has all the stuff of a good novel: parental conflict, spiritual agony, life-changing moments, near-misses, princes, popes, emperors, castles, kidnapping, mobs, revolution, massacres, politics, courage, controversy, disguises, daring escapes, humor and romance. And not only is it a good story, it marks a major turning point in western history and in Christianity. Martin Luther is known as the man who ignited the Protestant Reformation. He was born in 1483 into a strict German Catholic family. His parents intended him for a law career, but he became a monk and a theology professor instead. A sensitive soul, he struggled mightily with a guilty conscience and an intense fear of God and hell until he realized the doctrine of "justification by faith" while studying the book of Romans.


Child Abuse

MEXICO CHRISTIAN CHILD ABUSE Albuquerque, N.M. — Another leader of a New Mexico paramilitary religious sect rocked by child sexual abuse allegations was arrested Wednesday, making him the ninth member facing charges in connection with a widespread investigation. James Green of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps was taken into custody on Wednesday on kidnapping, child abuse and tampering with evidence charges, according to court records. He was ordered held on a $250,000 secured bond. His arrest comes after authorities raided his secluded western New Mexico compound last month. Other members and leaders are facing child abuse and child sexual abuse charges, including Green's wife and co-leader, Deborah, who faces charges of kidnapping and child sexual abuse. Authorities have accused James Green of taking part in a plot to bring over an infant child from Uganda to the United States in 1997 by using forged documents, court documents said. Authorities said James Green convinced his daughter, Sarah, to falsely say the child was hers to smuggle ...


Brazil, School of Magic

SCHOOL OF MAGIC Magic school in Brazil offers classes in potions, witchcraft to wannabe wizards AFP, August 31, 2017 At a castle, a werewolf growls in a cage while a wizard casts spells to try to calm the beast down. Not to worry -- it’s just a normal day at Brazil’s magic school. The werewolf is an actor in costume and the spells presumably wouldn’t work in the face of a real mythical beast. But anyone entering the Magic and Witchcraft School near Sao Paulo must leave disbelief at the castle gate. Although inspired by the world of the “Harry Potter” books and films created by JK Rowling, where lucky children go to study at the magical school Hogwarts, the Brazilian version says its curriculum has a definite local flavor. From its founding in 2015, “the idea was to adapt, not to copy exactly, the feel of Hogwarts”, said Vanessa Godoy, 27, who is behind the idea in Campos do Jordao, located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) from Sao Paulo. Clients at the school -- which operates for occasional four-day sessions -- are all fans of the Harry Potter series. But since copyright laws limit what Godoy and her fellow wizards can do, they wave the creative magic wand and use Brazilian folklore to fill the gaps. “We have our own ...


Gnostic Library

THE GNOSTIC LIBRARY Overview of the Library Collection. . . The Nag Hammadi Library The Nag Hammadi Library, a collection of thirteen ancient books (called "codices") containing over fifty texts, was discovered in upper Egypt in 1945. This immensely important discovery includes a large number of primary Gnostic scriptures – texts once thought to have been entirely destroyed during the early Christian struggle to define "orthodoxy" – scriptures such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, and the Gospel of Truth. The discovery and translation of the Nag Hammadi library has provided impetus to a major re-evaluation of early Christian history and the nature of Gnosticism. (Readers unfamiliar with this history may wish to read an excerpt from Elaine Pagels' excellent popular introduction to the Nag Hammadi texts, The Gnostic Gospels.) We have add extensive resources on two centrally important texts from Nag Hammadi: The Gospel of Thomas and The Secret Book of John. Multiple authoritative translations ...


Parsees

ON RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES AND CUSTOMS OF THE PARSEES This book has grown out of the work of study, undertaken for the Dictionary of Religion and Ethics published by Dr. Hastings. In his letter dated 26th December 1905, Dr. Hastings, invited me to be a contributor to his Dictionary on the subject of Parsee Religious Ceremonies and customs. A complete compendium of all the Religious Ceremonies and Customs of the Parsees was wanting. So, on receiving the above invitation, I proposed to go thoroughly into the study of whole subject, and this book is the result. Here and there, I have re-cast the subjects as originally written. My name was kindly submitted to Dr. Hastings by the late Dr. Mills, Professor of Iranian Languages at the University of Oxford. So, Dr. Hastings, at his suggestion, asked me to give "the closest possible description" of the ceremonies and customs. Dr. Mills also had written to me direct, to "be absolutely ...


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