By Alvin Boyd Kuhn
The hunt to discover the hidden origins of Christianity and observe its real message has develop into a present subject of fascination for lots of readers. everyone is desirous to be aware of the truths at the back of the biblical legends and the mysteries that created Christian rites, ceremonies, and codes of habit. Kuhn argues that the sacred scriptures of Judaism and Christianity don't painting historic truths, yet symbolic and mystical metaphors. The religious fact encoded in scripture, says Kuhn, is much extra vital than its literal narrative. Kuhn's learn offers a transparent realizing of the allegorical interpretations of the scriptures and their value to a deeper, extra profound Christianity. He lines the old and philosophical origins of Christian suggestion to demonstrate that Jesus used to be one of the incarnations of an everlasting archetype that has surfaced in lots of religions. actually, those that wrote the scriptures can have by no means even meant the point of interest to be on Jesus, the fellow. in addition, Kuhn investigates the issues (psychological, religious, and differently) that end result from a in basic terms old interpretation of Jesus. In doing so, Kuhn reclaims the magical energy on the center of Christianity's message, which has to do with the "birth" of the interior Christ and the emergence of divine awareness in humanity.
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The fate of half the world for the ensuing two thousand years hinged on the issue as to which of these two interpretations would prevail and win acceptance. The victory went to man-God conception over that of the God-in-man. Christianity has the distinction of being the first of the world's great religions to make the Sonship of the Supreme Deity a man born on this infinitesimal speck of star dust which is our earth. Other systems had their images, their idols and their representations of the Supreme, but except in those cases where ignorance of worshippers led to the confusion of the image with its invisible spiritual substance, nowhere was the idol held to be more than a form designed to draw men's minds and hearts toward a deeper reality.
The literary objective of the ancient sages appears to have been simply to perpetuate the principles and archetypes of truth in such forms of imagery as would preserve their meaning and their potential. They aimed to illustrate, to dramatize, to pictorialize truth. Myth, allegory and drama were their main resources, but number significance, and, to an astonishing degree, astrological pictography and symbolism were also employed. Gerald Massey has taken us far toward the recognition that the dramas of the spiritual life of man had been inscribed on the night sky before they were copied on earth.
Since scholars failed to trace allegorical imagery back to its roots in the world of noumenal archetypes, the meaning and reference of the texts was located in the wrong world. Reading the Scripture in a way that distorted its significance, Christian sectarians have, for centuries, engulfed themselves and the Christian world in a delusion that persists to this day. The open-minded investigator of comparative religion finds it difficult to excuse the obtuseness of Christian writers to the universals which emerge so clearly within the Scriptures, and which link Christianity in the closest bonds with 52 its pagan heritage.
A Rebirth for Christianity by Alvin Boyd Kuhn