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21. THE DEVINE SUCCESSION: PART I. THEOMACHY: CHAPTER ONE: THE GENESIS OF RELIGION [Quantavolution Website]
... people can be graded, like churchgoers from once-in-a-great-while to those who would rather die than miss a church service. Paul Radin has properly pointed out "that all people are spontaneously religious at crises, that the markedly religious people are spontaneously religious on numerous other occasions as well, and that the intermittently and indifferently religious are secondarily religious on occasions not connected with ... Quantavolution.Org E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org TABLE OF CONTENTS THE DEVINE SUCCESSION PART I. THEOMACHY: by Alfred de Grazia CHAPTER ONE THE GENESIS OF RELIGION To the fresh, mad eye of primeval man, the world was full of gods. The human mind worked so as immediately to create religion. It does so now and it did so at its beginning ... , however, endeavor to persuade many of these of its promises, and for that will take over all of the trappings of propaganda and organized pressures developed over the ages by religions, and, later, political systems. The secular society is then in being. However, there is still the fear that disregards fact. There is a factual element in ...
22. GODS FIRE: CHAPTER EIGHT: THE ELECTRIC GOD [Quantavolution Website]
... a portion of his mind to posterity by means of Yahweh. Unfortunately, it was the wrong part, the conscience-loaded superego, but so it must go with the birth of religious cults. Since it was the hallucinatory and delusionary operations of his mind that were handed down, these would in some ways not be truly Moses. They would be idiosyncratically Moses ... This refusal of the strong urge to reproduce the forms of the deity was probably built up in the mosaic period and later on maintained by the compulsive repetition of the highly ritualistic religion, with discipline maintained by the priesthood. Referring to Max Weber's analysis of rabbinical Judaism, we may speculate that any image of Yahweh would have to represent some other culture's image ... more gods at the same time is not at all impossible; indeed, such is the case with most people and most of history: monotheism is claimed only for some few religions. The human mind compartmentalizes readily. Saturn, Mars, Jupiter and other gods occupied the Roman mind, and no one will say that the Romans were confused or impractical, ...
23. Lucid Dreaming and Visualization Techniques in The Sacred Tales of Aelius Aristides [Aeon Journal $]
... scholarship calls psychology. Seldom has this bond been more evident than in the dream temples associated with the ancient Greek healing cult of Asklepios. Many questions remain regarding the nature of religious experiences enjoyed by the faithful, as well as the often symbiotic relationship between medicine and spirituality. In the second century, the Greek writer Aelius Aristides spent many years in an ... Aeon V:2 (Apr 1998) Home¦ Issue Contents Lucid Dreaming and Visualization Techniques in The Sacred Tales of Aelius Aristides David Walter Leinweber There exists an ongoing link between religion and that field of inquiry modern scholarship calls psychology. Seldom has this bond been more evident than in the dream temples associated with the ancient Greek healing cult of Asklepios. Many ... Aristides himself makes the assertion that he had been trained in "divine visions." [22 This comment is pregnant with interpretive possibilities for both students of religion and psychology. Religionists will note the implication that communication with one's god is a skill which requires learning and practice. Elderly monks and nuns, who have spent a lifetime striving to master the art ...
24. Jerusalem -- City of Venus [Kronos $]
... the city. Today, "Jerusalem is embedded in the memory and hopes of a world. Its fascination is not limited to visitors of any one, or even any, religious attitude. In this city.. the past, the present, and the future all seem to jostle each other."(1) Surely, the curious minded must ... and we cannot hope to understand it by the aid of logical discussion, but only by studying it on its own ground as it is exhibited in the actual working of early religion.... The problem must be attacked in detail, and for many reasons the most suitable point of attack will be found in the connection that ancient religion conceived to ... of political expediency in thus favoring Baalism, which was much more strongly entrenched in the north than in the south. "( 13) Whatever the reason, the conflict of religions had become an evident fact at the outset of Israelite history and was to continue until the days of Exile. THE NAME "JERUSALEM" Up until recently,* the earliest ...
25. When the Gods Came Down [SIS Internet Digest $]
... been created in the image of these Gods? In this book, Alan Alford explains why religion as we know it is a "dumbed down" form of a much older religious truth, which has been carefully hidden from the eyes of the masses. Beginning with 4,500 year-old sacred texts, Alford reveals that God was originally conceived as a celestial ... From: SIS Internet Digest 2000:1 (May 2000) Home¦ Issue Contents When the Gods Came Down www.eridu.co.uk When the Gods Came Down: the Catastrophic Roots of Religion Revealed. A book by Alan F. Alford. Who or what were the Gods of ancient mythology, who fought battles in the skies and came down from Heaven to Earth ... understand the event which they await with such keen anticipation? Who was the individual who 'cried in the wilderness'? Why might the Old and New Testaments be called two different religions? Was Jesus Christ really the future messiah prophesied in the Old Testament? Why does the crucifixion, as described by the Church, make no sense. Are the gospels- ...
26. Cosmology And PsychologyY [Kronos $]
... . Greenberg and Warner B. Sizemore "A Nameless fear grips all mankind..."- H. Focillon, The Year 1000 (1969) "The literature of religious experience abounds in references to the pains and terrors overwhelming those who have come, too suddenly, face to face with some manifestation of the Mysterium tremendum."- A. ... of outer space- the Cosmos- and the labyrinthine recesses of the human mind- the Cosmos Within- lie two of Mankind's most profound psychological and emotional creations- Myth and Religion. Together, they have served man's basic need to bridge the known and the unknown, the finite and the immeasurable, the tangible and the intangible. Yet, for all ... application of cosmological euhemerism, who provides us with the fundamental and plausible answer: Cosmic catastrophism and its simultaneously overwhelming universal effect were clearly responsible for a common astral origin of world religions, particular eschatological beliefs, and the inculcation of unshakable fear.(11) The myths and legends of all peoples conclusively support this contention. An eighteenth century forerunner of Velikovsky ...
27. THE DEVINE SUCCESSION: PART II. THEOTROPY: CHAPTER TWELVE: NEW PROOFS OF GOD [Quantavolution Website]
... of religion in especially two regards: religion was, and must remain in whatsoever guise, the companion of the newly born, traumatized, self-aware human mind; and the earliest religious voices, still speaking through the sacred documents of ancient times, were telling many truths, even literal truths about natural events, human nature, and human institutions-- truths ... SUCCESSION PART II. THEOTROPY: by Alfred de Grazia CHAPTER TWELVE NEW PROOFS OF GOD Ideas of quantavolution-- of sudden great changes-- attract the attention of historians of religion in especially two regards: religion was, and must remain in whatsoever guise, the companion of the newly born, traumatized, self-aware human mind; and the earliest religious voices ... who ventured into the great first days of creation had to feel the terror and suffering that comes with "looking upon the face of god." Hence, indeed, most religions have calibrated the approaches to the sacred, so that only the well-prepared and thoroughly-warned would attempt the journey. That is, long before quantavolutionism, it was fully known that only ...
28. The Saturn Problem [SIS C&C Review $]
... (conventional dating) an attempt was made by the heretical Pharaoh Akhenaten to elevate Aten, the god of the Sun-disk, to the status of supreme deity in Egypt but Akhenaten's religious reforms were completely eradicated during the reign of his successor Tutankhamun and the ascendancy of Amun was restored. Likewise in Babylonia, Shamash the Sun-god was highly respected as lord of justice ... universe' and even as a sun-like object of dazzling splendour. Saturn's importance to the ancients forms the centrepiece of one of the most baffling mysteries of ancient astronomy, history and religion. Within the pantheons or families of deities worshipped by our ancestors, the gods and goddesses of the planets often held the highest positions, ranking even above those of the Sun ... only too obvious. To assume that even prehistoric people did not appreciate the vital importance of the Sun, or its nightly counterpart, the Moon, would be absurd. Yet religions in which the Sun or Moon certainly played the central role- as 'king' or 'queen' of the gods- are curiously uncommon, especially before the first century AD. ...
29. The Birth of Athena [Aeon Journal $]
... psychoanalytic. Jane Harrison, for example, dismissed the myth as a patriarchal fiction: "The outrageous myth of the birth of Athena from the head of Zeus is but the religious representation, the emphasis, and over emphasis, of a patrilinear structure." (5) Harrison's interpretation was subsequently adopted by Robert Graves, the most popular modern writer on ... find evidence in the ancient sources that Venus recently bore a comet-like appearance or moved in a different orbit than its present one; evidence that planets figured prominently in ancient systems of religion; and physical evidence of recent upheavals involving the planets Venus and Jupiter (in the case of Venus, for example, one might expect to find internal sources of heat, ... with the death of the ancient sun-god (In Egypt the dying god was Osiris, in Mexico Quetzalcoatl, and the circumstances surrounding their tragic deaths formed the focal point of the religions of the respective cultures). (107) The Mesoamerican scholar Nigel Davies, upon acknowledging that this was the original significance of the myth of Quetzalcoatl's death and transfiguration, nevertheless ...
30. On Mars and Pestilence [Aeon Journal $]
... 277. Indeed the entire mythology of Tezcatlipoca is consistent with his identification with the planet Mars as I hope to show in a future essay. 71. M. Jastrow, Religious Belief in Babylonia and Assyria (New York, 1911), p. 108. 72. E. Weiher, Der babylonische Gott Nergal (Berlin, 1971), p ... may have been preserved in the literature surrounding these figures. That the gods were identified with the planets early on is well-known, of course, being a fundamental principle of Babylonian religion. The decisive question is how far back can this conception be traced? The Babylonian practice, in turn, is known to have had a significant influence upon the religion of ... fantastic beast is universal in extent, being found in the La Venta culture of the New World as well. See W. Krickeberg, "Mesoamerica," in Pre-Columbian American Religions (New York, 1969), p. 12. Here it is significant to note that Heracles is elsewhere said to have been driven from the palace of Eurytus, not ...
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