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Pagan & Christian Creeds: Their Origin and Meaning

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Edward Carpenter's book on Pagan and Christian creeds is a thought-provoking exploration of the origins and meanings behind these two belief systems. The author delves into the historical context of both paganism and Christianity, tracing their development and evolution over the centuries.

Carpenter's writing is clear and engaging, making complex concepts accessible to readers of all backgrounds. He challenges traditional narratives and offers a fresh perspective on the similarities and differences between these two faiths.

One of the strengths of the book is Carpenter's ability to draw connections between seemingly disparate belief systems, highlighting the universal themes that underpin both paganism and Christianity. He emphasizes the importance of understanding the historical and cultural context in which these creeds emerged, shedding light on their significance in the modern world.

Overall, this book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of religion and the intersection of pagan and Christian beliefs. Carpenter's insightful analysis and depth of knowledge make this a compelling read for scholars and laypeople alike.

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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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