Cathar Beliefs, doctrines, theology and practices

Armed with those two approaches, the Renaissance syncretistsmight readily transform the Greek pantheon into one god with maynames, claim that Hermes and Zoroaster had acquired the originalrevelation of Moses by oral tradition, or find every new scientificdiscovery hidden in the fables and myths of the ancients. ForHenry More [Newton's mentor and tutor at Cambridge, Platonistand Unitarian] to claim that the Gymnosophists of ancient Egypt-- who left no writings -- had held to a belief in the pre-existenceof souls, or for Charleton [?] to find arguments for the unityof the world in so many and varied philosophers, show how farthe arguments had been carried by the middle of the seventeenthcentury.

Islam Muslim: Islamic Religion, History, Beliefs
Photo provided by Flickr

The fact of the existence of two versions of this remarkable Chapter proves that the composition -is much older than the papyrus in which it is found, and the variant readings which occur in each make it certain that the Egyptian scribes had difficulty in understanding what they were writing. It may be said that this version of the cosmogony is incomplete, because it does not account for the origin of any of the gods except those who belong to the cycle of Osiris, and this objection is a valid one; but in this place we are only concerned to shew that Râ, the Sun-god, was evolved from the primeval abyss of water by the agency of the god Khepera, who brought this result about by pronouncing his own name. The great cosmic gods, such as Ptah and Khnemu, of whom mention will be made later, are the offspring of another set of religious views, and the cosmogony in which these play the leading parts is entirely different. We must notice, in passing, that the god whose words we have quoted above declares that he evolved himself under the form of Khepera, and that his name is Osiris, "the primeval matter of primeval matter," and that, as a result, Osiris is identical with Khepera in respect of his evolutions


Definition of terms: cults, sects, denominations

Definitions of terms: Cults, Sects and Denominations
Photo provided by Flickr