Religions predating christianity

17-Nov-2019 13:29

[...] It was general custom in pagan Europe to decorate spaces with greenery and flowers for festivals, attested wherever records have survived.#mithraism #zoroastrianism Sun worship formed the basis of Mithraism" JQPU_Content="Roman mystery religion that believed that the Son of the Sun was a saviour who was sacrificed for the good of all About Mithraism" href=" Zoroastrianism, other Roman religions and many other pagan traditions. 'the Nativity of the SUN.' [...] Franz Cumont, perhaps the greatest scholar of Mithraism" JQPU_Content="Roman mystery religion that believed that the Son of the Sun was a saviour who was sacrificed for the good of all About Mithraism" href=" wrote, quoting Minucius Felix, "The Mithraists also observed Sun-day and kept sacred the 25th of December as the birthday of the Sun.

It is the reason Sun-day is a holy day in many religions, and why major festivals are held at spring and at the Solstices. Many scholars have pointed out how the Sun- worshipping Mithraism" JQPU_Content="Roman mystery religion that believed that the Son of the Sun was a saviour who was sacrificed for the good of all About Mithraism" href=" the Sun-worshipping Manicheans and the Christians were all syncretised and reconciled when Constantine led the take-over by Christianity[...]"However, other Sun-worshipping groups were included too, because of the general importance and popularity of Sol Invictus, the Invincible Sun-deity.

Families come together at Christmas even if they do not for the rest of the year.

The Catholic Encyclopedia of 1908 states that "Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church.

Irenaeus and Tertullian omit it from their lists of feasts" - those authors lived into the 3rd century.

Christmas is a multicultural festival with a long pagan history, and can be celebrated by anyone..

In other words, Christmas was pagan before it was adopted (and renamed) by Christians.

Families come together at Christmas even if they do not for the rest of the year.The Catholic Encyclopedia of 1908 states that "Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church.Irenaeus and Tertullian omit it from their lists of feasts" - those authors lived into the 3rd century.Christmas is a multicultural festival with a long pagan history, and can be celebrated by anyone..In other words, Christmas was pagan before it was adopted (and renamed) by Christians.Only the more radical fundamentalist elements in some churches protest from time to time about this mixing of 'pagan' elements into the religion.