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Pagan Origin of Partialist Doctrines by Pitrat

True spirit of pagan religions


May God bless this work, intended to confirm the Universalists in their beloved faith; and also to break the chain of prejudice which keeps millions of men in ignorance, in superstition, in perpetual fear, and thereby in spiritual bondage: "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

THE AUTHOR.

CONTENTS.

DEDICATION. iii

PREFACE. v

CHAPTER I.

TRUE SPIRIT OF PAGAN RELIGIONS. 9

CHAPTER II.

PAGAN ORIGIN OF MYSTERIES. 28

CHAPTER III.

PAGAN ORIGIN OF THE DOCTRINE OF A PERSONAL DEVIL. 58

CHAPTER IV.

PAGAN ORIGIN OF THE DOCTRINE OF ORIGINAL SIN. 68

CHAPTER V.

PAGAN ORIGIN OF THE DOCTRINE OF TRINITY. 80

CHAPTER VI.

PAGAN ORIGIN OF THE DOCTRINE OF THE SUPREME DIVINITY OF JESUS CHRIST. 87

CHAPTER VII.

PAGAN ORIGIN OF THE DOCTRINE OF ENDLESS HELL. 111

ARTICLE I.--Metempsychosis or Transmigration of the Souls. 111

ARTICLE II.--Tartarus. 129

ARTICLE III.--Did the Christians of the First Centuries believe in Endless Hell. 136

ARTICLE IV.--How the Church of Rome borrowed the doctrine of Endless Hell from the Pagans; and how, afterwards, the self-called Orthodox Protestant Churches borrowed it from the Church of Rome. 170

CHAPTER VIII.

PAGAN ORIGIN OF THE DOCTRINE OF A FIRST JUDGMENT, BY JESUS CHRIST, IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SEPARATION OF THE SOUL FROM THE BODY. 182

CHAPTER IX.

PAGAN ORIGIN OF THE DOCTRINE OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY. 190

CHAPTER X.

PAGAN ORIGIN OF THE DOCTRINE OF A GENERAL JUDGMENT AT THE END OF THE WORLD. 205

CHAPTER XI.

PAGAN ORIGIN OF THE DOCTRINE OF VICARIOUS ATONEMENT. 229

VALEDICTORY. 246

PAGAN ORIGIN OF PARTIALIST DOCTRINES.

CHAPTER I.

TRUE SPIRIT OF PAGAN RELIGIONS.

IT seems to be an undeniable fact, that, before the coming of Jesus Christ, nations had immemorially and universally believed, that the universe, or nature, was an uncreated but animated being, whose vast body comprised the earth, the sun, the planets and the stars, to which one great soul impressed motion and life. Also they believed that all those principal parts, or, in other words, principal members of the body of the universe, were animated by emanations or irradiations of the great soul of the universe, or nature. This Pantheistic doctrine we find recorded by the Chaldean Zoroaster, in his Zend-Avesta; by the Phoenician Sanchoniaton in his Mythological History; by the author of the Indian Vedam; and by the Chinese Confucius, in his Theology. Weighty is the testimony of those authors, who lived, Confucius perhaps excepted, at about the time of Moses. Also, the above doctrine they themselves believed and taught. More, we find the same testimony, the same doctrine, and the same teaching, in nearly all the works of the celebrated poets, orators and philosophers of posterior ages.


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