The Christian Mystery by Louis Bouyer

By Louis Bouyer

The most talented and the world over well known theologians of our time right here explores the significance of poser and mysticism within the Christian culture. He starts with a ancient examine delusion and secret in pagan, Hellenistic and Classical cults, and the next improvement in Christian mysticism and spirituality. From delusion and secret he moved to mysticism within the Christian West as much as the current. Christian culture is in comparison to Jewish, Islamic and Buddhist mystic stories. all through, Bouyer seeks to target the ability and which means of those phenomena of their position within the glossy Church. right here the reader will discover a new means of examining the Bible and a more impregnable that means of what it's to be a Christian. Translated from the French by means of Illtyd Trethowan.

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What is well-established is that the cult of the mother-goddesses combined its physico-sacral associating of human vitality and that of the cosmos with a hope of survival after death. 41. FROM THE MOTHER GODDESSES TO HELLENISM 41 The Mother-Goddesses and Death Certainly a cult of the dead appears along with them. Red ochre (symbolizing blood and therefore life) is found in representations of the mother-goddess, and on the shells with which the dead were decorated at the same epoch, also on the bones buried in the rock-shelter called Cro-Magnon at Les Eyzies and in those of Grimaldi and Cavillon,6 among others.

According to Pigott,7 there is every reason to believe that this indicates a divinity of the lower world guardian of the dead as well as protectress of crops and in the first place of the grain of wheat hidden in the soil. The same is found in the earliest urban civilizations unearthed in the valley of the Indus and its neighbourhood since 1926, notably at Harappa and Mohenjo Daro, going back to the third millennium and the early years of the second. At Harappa there are also male gods, but they are less common and less often associated with the goddesses.

She will never be more than the patroness of weavers and wise men, or those who think themselves such, who, like the weaver, will never do more than produce constructions, admirable indeed, but soulless! Or else, as we shall see, she will have THE PAGAN MYSTERIES: ELEUSIS 33 to give way before Dionysus, succumb to an enthusiasm hardly distinguishable from delirium. ) but concretely, that life will spring up again, even in the hands of men, of the grain of wheat cast into the earth, but which dies there only that it may revive as a whole ear, as an inexhaustible harvest.

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