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History of the Cross: The Pagan Origin, and Idolatrous Adoption and Worship, of the Image (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 11. Februar 2009

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As many have suspected, there is much more to the true, authentic history of the Christian religion than what we had originally been told. Some claims regarding the Church's history are accurate, some are not. The most extreme claims against the religion come from the atheist camp and often remain unproved. But this book is completely different. It comes from a devout Christian, Henry Dana Ward, a believer in Christ who backs himself up with scholarly research and facts.Why, then, was this book written if it goes against traditional beliefs and acceptance? It is because the traditional beliefs surrounding the cross and its worship are wrong! It took time for us to eventually accept the cross in its current form and to worship it and, according to Ward, this was a pagan symbol that should never have been adopted.Idols were not to be worshipped by the earliest of Christians, and the cross was no exception to this rule. Not worshipping the cross is consistent with early Christianity and is not heretical. Its lack of worship is part of Christianity's foundational beliefs and its exclusion should be part of the religion's current structure, according to Ward.

Revering the cross is based on lies, deception, and ignorance. Ward shows how the lies began, who spread them, and how and why they did it. This book has not been in print since 1871. At the time it was released, books of this sort, which challenged accepted belief, were often banned from libraries and people were known to be arrested for sending them in the mail. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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This book gives you a great starting point in regards to research of the origins of the cross and its pagan identity. The text is well founded, which is demonstrated in several quotes that are given to support the well made points. Sharp arguments and straight forward are the facts presented and yet, the text is concentrated and to the point.
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HASH(0x9f17212c) von 5 Sternen Christianity Corrupted by Paganism? 12. Mai 2006
Von Michael R. Davenport - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
Is it truly possible that Christianity may have been influenced and corrupted ny paganism? Yeah, it's not only possible - it's incredibly well-documented! Ward's book presents compelling evidence to that effect in regard to the cross. His writing style (typical of 19th century)was sometimes a bit too flowery and labored - often redundant. But, for the most part, he tells it like it is.

If you love your traditional Christianity with all of its pagan embellishments, you may want to avoid this book. I won't vouch for the accuracy of every detai, but if you want to know the truth, you will get a heavy dose of it here. Definitely worth the read.

I'm not anti-Christian, by the way, I just object to paganism being assimilated into Christian religion. The cross is just one example of many.
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HASH(0x9ea6df0c) von 5 Sternen Near Idolatry? 10. Juni 2005
Von Dan - Veröffentlicht auf
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Challenging accepted belief in its time, this previously banished book has not been in print since 1871 and has been apparently reproduced from a single remaining copy. Henry Ward is extremely passionate on the subject he writes about, and at the same time is passionate in his belief in Jesus Christ. He goes to great length to demonstrate the gradual use of the cross from a pagan symbol in the pre-Christian era to become a world-wide symbol of Christianity today. He shows that it was not until the 4th century that we see the first use of the cross, and nearly three centuries later before, "the public heart became so hardened as to allow an image of our Saviour suspended on the cross." It first inspired horror, then was tolerated, then reverenced, then loved, and eventually worshipped. Idols, or "any material image or fancied likeness, made by the hands of man, to represent the invisible Person or things of the Godhead," were strictly prohibited by Israel and the earliest Christians, and the cross was no exception, especially its worship. The research and references are impressive for his time. Besides scriptural references, he makes his case on many fronts-from writings of the very earliest Christians through Constantine, to replicas of symbols used through the ages, to the increasing use of the cross used on millions of tombs under Rome, but again, not until the latter years of the 4th century. He claims that if the Christians of the time of Christ did not use the symbol of the instrument of the Saviors suffering and death, then we should not either. He uses the logic that if the Lord were shot, should we then use the symbol of the gun to revere Him? This more befits His enemies than His friends. He is fair to the arguments in favor of the use of the cross and addresses these as well. The children of Israel just could not resist the urge to have their tangible golden calf by which to send their devotions. Are we so different in our worship today? This book is well worth the time and consideration of any believing Christian.
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HASH(0x9f53c444) von 5 Sternen The Cross Exposed 20. August 2007
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I found the logic compelling and historicity of the introduction of pagan, Babylonish tradition into Christ's church (The Way) undeniable. It also is borne out by other scholars such as Alexander Hislop in his book The Two Babylons. I would have scored the work higher, but the language, of course, was archaic insomuch as it was written in the 1800's, but it was deciferable. There were some unsubstantiated opinions in a couple areas, but overall a great tool of enlightenment.
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HASH(0x9e9ba72c) von 5 Sternen Ever felt awkward kissing the murder weapon used on a loved one? 10. März 2009
Von Brock Ramirez - Veröffentlicht auf
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Henry Dana Ward touches on this very issue and more as the other reviewers have brought out. The aspect I enjoyed most was how Ward, aside from providing thorough evidence that Jesus was most likely hung from a single post without a cross beam, explains that it doesnt matter what Jesus was killed with or hung on. Ward attempts to redirect Christian emotions back to the real issue, Why Jesus suffered and died; and the fact that Jesus DID die for us.

I highly recommend this book to any serious student of the bible, of Christianity, or of the history of religions. Ward is extremely thorough, perhaps repetitive, but is also well researched.

My only criticism is that Ward was apparently very passionate about his view on the cross and the book tends to come off more objective than some researchers and students would like, however, I doubt that was ever Ward's concern. Upon reading the book you will find that Ward had enough evidence to be rightfully passionate about the matter. He does take the issue a bit too far in the end, though, when he offers the view that the cross is the mark of the beast and he offers a weak support of that view. However, I excused that point for Ward was obviously disgusted with the cross and naturally was trying to damn it further than the facts had already done.
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HASH(0x9f85c4b0) von 5 Sternen Myth of the Cross 9. August 2011
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This book is short,concise and convincing. Its nice to see it reissued now. Those who are looking for arguments to research pagan intrusions into Christianity will be pleased.The problem of course is bigger than the use of pagan symbols. To what extent has Christendom become pagan in itself in its beliefs and ritualistic practices?A more thorough presentation is found in Alexander Hislop's The Two Babylons.
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