By Stephen Benko
The modern look for the female face of God is requiring a re-evaluation of the connection of Christianity to the pagan international within which it got here to start. Stephen Benko methods this examine as either an historian and a Christian believer. Inquiring into extra-biblical resources of Marian piety, trust and doctrine, he proposes that there's a direct line, unbroken and obviously discernible, from the goddess-cults of the ancients to the reverence paid and at last the cult accorded to the Virgin Mary. bankruptcy via bankruptcy, he seeks to set up his end that during Mariology the Christian genius preserved and remodeled the very best and noblest rules that paganism built ahead of it. instead of being a "regression" into Paganism, he argues, Mariology is a development towards a clearer and higher realizing of the female point of the divine and the position of the feminine within the historical past of salvation.
Read Online or Download The Virgin Goddess: Studies in the Pagan and Christian Roots of Mariology (Studies in the History of Religions) PDF
Best biographies books
Whilst in Henry II of britain married Eleanor of Aquitaine of France in 1154 A. D. , he turned right now the reigning sovereign over an enormous stretch of land extending throughout all of britain and half France—and but, in line with the feudal hierarchy of the days, a vassal to the King of France. this example, which put French and English borders in this type of tenuous place, solidified the precarious flooring on which the Hundred Years conflict was once to be fought 183 years later.
Walter Dean Myers released his first booklet in 1969, an image ebook known as the place Does The Day pass? in view that then, he has released greater than eighty books, together with novels, biographies, poetry, fables, and experience tales. This biography exhibits how Myers attracts on his personal reports to write down younger grownup novels approximately African-American little ones.
A biography of the black chief who all started a "Back-to-Africa" move within the usa, believing blacks might by no means obtain justice in international locations with a white majority.
With the founding of his personal newspaper, Garrison used the paper and his organization with different abolitionists to recommend for the instant and entire releasing of all slaves. via his editorials, he turned an emblem of the abolitionist circulate by means of declaring the hypocrisy of the countrys activities as opposed to the beliefs set out through the announcement of Independence and the structure.
- Ancient Civilizations Reference Library Vol 2 Biographies
- Hernando De Soto And His Expeditions Across the Americas (Explorers of New Lands)
- Miles Standish (Leaders of the Colonial Era)
- Gift of Peace, Revised Edition. The Jimmy Carter Story
- Eddie Rickenbacker (Famous Flyers)
- John Newbery: Father of Children's Literature (Publishing Pioneers)
Additional info for The Virgin Goddess: Studies in the Pagan and Christian Roots of Mariology (Studies in the History of Religions)
For natural reverence for parents is a bond which the most abandoned cannot ignore. A n d , accordingly, the lewd actions and filthy words with which these players h o n o r e d the mother o f the gods, in presence of a vast assemblage and audience of both sexes, they could not for very shame have rehearsed at home in presence o f their own mother. A n d the crowds that were gathered from all quarters by curiosity, o f f e n d e d modesty must, I should suppose, have scattered in the confusion o f shame.
Benko, Pagan Rome and the Early Christians, Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press, 1986, pp. 108-113. N o such ill fame is attached to the shrine of Caelestis. 4, NPNF Series 1, vol. 2, p. 25. 444. T h e rest of the story is informative about the mentality o f some Christians, which may not have been very different f r o m that o f their pagan neighbors. Cyprian, who claims to have been an eyewitness of these events, says that the bread and wine given to this child was taken f r o m f o o d that was previously dedicated to an idol.
25 Today the church of the Ara Coeli stands on the site of the temple of Juno Moneta; no sign of the temple of Caelestis is discernible. 26 See M u n d l e , op. , pp. 235-236, who argues against the thesis o f Domaszewski that it was Septimius Severus (193-211 A . D . ) and his second wife, Julia Domna, who popularized the cult. 6). 2, op. , vol. 1, p. 1, op. , vol. 2, p. 53. 34 GODDESSES I N T H E G R E C O - R O M A N WORLD salvation o f their souls and eagerly looked for answers to questions raised by the facts o f life and death.