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By Philippe Walter,Claude Lecouteux

finds how Christian mythology has extra to do with long-standing pagan traditions than the Bible

• Explains how the church fathers knowingly included pagan components into the Christian religion to ease the transition to the recent faith

• Identifies pagan deities that have been integrated into all the saints

• indicates how the entire significant vacation trips within the Christian calendar are modeled on pagan rituals and myths, together with Easter and yuletide

In this broad research of the Christian mythology that lively Europe within the center a while, writer Philippe Walter unearths how those tales and the vacation traditions hooked up with them are in keeping with long-standing pagan rituals and myths and feature little or no connection to the Bible. the writer explains how the church fathers knowingly included pagan parts into the Christian religion to ease the transition to the recent faith. instead of tear down the pagan temples in Britain, Pope Gregory the nice recommended Saint Augustine of Canterbury so as to add the pagan rituals into the combination of Christian practices and rework the pagan temples into church buildings. rather than spiritual conversion, it used to be easily a question of convincing the population to incorporate Jesus of their present spiritual practices.

Providing vast documentation, Walter exhibits which significant calendar days of the Christian 12 months are based on pagan rituals and myths, together with the excessive vacations of Easter and xmas. interpreting hagiographic debts of the saints, he finds the foundation of those symbolic figures within the deities worshipped in pagan Europe for hundreds of years. He additionally explores how the identities of saints and pagan figures turned so intermingled that a few saints have been remodeled into pagan incarnations, corresponding to Mary Magdalene’s conversion into one of many Celtic women of the Lake.

In revealing the pagan roots of many Christian figures, tales, and rituals, Walter presents a brand new figuring out of the evolution of spiritual belief.

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