Mystery Religions Archive

Mary Magdalene’s Modern Makeover

This article first appeared in the News Watch column of the Christian Research Journal, volume29, number2 (2006). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Revisionist portraits of Jesus promulgated today by sources ranging from the Jesus Seminar to the New Age movement are receiving great attention; meanwhile, another, […]

The Mystery Religions

The following is an excerpt from article DB109 from the Christian Research Journal. The full PDF can be viewed by following the link below the excerpt. Mystery Religions Argument 1- False Cause Arguments offered to “prove” a Christian dependence on the mysteries illustrate the logical fallacy of false cause. This fallacy is committed whenever someone […]

Initiation Rites

The following is an excerpt from article DB109 from the Christian Research Journal. The full PDF can be viewed by following the link below the excerpt. Christian Rebirth and Cultic Initiation Rites Liberal writings on the subject are full of sweeping generalizations to the effect that early Christianity borrowed its notion of rebirth from the […]

Jesus vs. the Mystery God

The following is an excerpt from article DB109 from the Christian Research Journal. The full article is available by following the link below the excerpt. Jesus vs. the Mystery God- The Death of the Mystery Gods and the Death of Jesus The best way to evaluate the alleged dependence of early Christian beliefs about Christ’s […]

Pagan Ritual

The following is an excerpt from article DB109 from the Christian Research Journal. The full PDF can be viewed by following the link below the excerpt. Pagan Ritual and the Christian Sacraments The mere fact that Christianity has a sacred meal and a washing of the body is supposed to prove that it borrowed these […]

Mithraism

The following is an excerpt of article DB109 from the Christian Research Journal. The full PDF is available by following the link below the excerpt. Mithraism Attempts to reconstruct the beliefs and practices of Mithraism face enormous challenges because of the scanty information that has survived Proponents of the cult explained the world in terms […]

The Taurobolium

The following is an excerpt of article DB109 from the Christian Research Journal. The full PDF can be viewed by following the link below the excerpt. The Taurobolium The best-known rite of the cult of the Great Mother was the tauroboliurn. It is important to note, however, that this ritual was not part of the […]

The Cult of Cybele

The following is an excerpt from article DB109 from the Christian Research Journal. The full PDF can be viewed by following the link below the excerpt. The Cult of Cybele- Background Cybele, also known as the Great Mother, was worshiped through much of the Hellenistic world. She undoubtedly began as a goddess of nature. Her […]

The Cult of Isis and Osiris

The following is an excerpt taken from article DB109 from the Christian Research Journal. The full PDF can be viewed by clicking the link below the excerpt. The Cult of Isis- Background The cult of Isis originated in Egypt and went through two major stages. In its older Egyptian version, which was not a mystery […]

Was the New Testament Influenced by Philo?

The following is an excerpt from Christian Research Journal article DA242 by Ronald Nash. The full article is available by clicking the link below. At the beginning of the Christian era, Alexandria, Egypt — an important center of the Jewish Dispersion — had become the chief center of Hellenistic thought. The large colony of Jews […]

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