The Sword and the Cross : Examining the Transference Between Mithraism and Christianity
Decker, Peter J., III
MetadataShow full item record
The author describes the history and practices of the cult of Mithras and the evolution of the Christian Church to show that Jesus and Mithras share many striking similarities. Although the gods are different they are similar in many aspects: they both spill sacred blood to create a new world order, they both participate in a ritual meal in celebration of this act, and they both offer salvation to their followers. Coincidently, the religions which surround these gods also share a number of similar practices, beliefs, and Imagery. The number of similarities between the two religions, Christianity and the cult of Mithras, are too numerous for it to be mere coincidence. There must have been some level of transference between the religions, mainly from Mithraism to Christianity, since it existed before Christianity and was widespread and extremely popular during the first centuries of Christianity. Christianity adopted and adapted many of the practices aped beliefs of the cult of Mithras during its development and its rise to dominance in the Roman Empire.PDF file made available to the public per author's request 11/30/16.