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The distinctive character of the rites in question lay in their appealing to the
gloomy rather than to the cheerful and hopeful feelings , and in their influencing
the mind through fear . The notions of guilt and expiation , of evil and good to
In the Samothracian rites it had been a custom to initiate children ; confession too
of greater crimes seems to have been required , and would naturally be involved
elsewhere in the inquisition prosecuted into the past lives of the candidates for ...
The rites of Mithras came from the Magi of Persia ; and it is obviously difficult to
distinguish in principle the ceremonies of the Syrian Taurobolium from those of
the Necyomantia in the Odyssey , or of Canidia in Horace . The Theodosian
i Ovid mentions in consecutive verses the rites of “ Adonis lamented by Venus , " "
The Sabbath of the Syrian Jew , " and the “ Memphitic Temple of Io in her linen
dress . ” 2 Juvenal speaks of the rites , as well as the language and the music , of
This war had been the occasion of one of the first recognitions which the state
had conceded to the Oriental rites , though statesmen and emperors , as private
men , had long taken part in them . The Emperor Marcus had been urged by his ...
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A prolific author, educator and priest, John Henry Newman sought to catalog, examine and improve knowledge and understanding of church doctrine. In this book, he delves deep into the past of the ... Read full review
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Amazing book. Life changing for me. Doctrine develops from ideas implicit in the life of the Christian community. The Church, like Mary, ponders the mystery of God through the ages, shedding light ... Read full review