Catholic college engages atheism head-on
The main chapel at Jesuit-run Regis College at the University of Toronto is adorned with stained glass windows, icons of Mary and Joseph, and the Stations of the Cross.
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#1 Jan 25, 2013
The Catholic church is the worst of all the churches.
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#2 Jan 28, 2013
Christianity borrowed its central myths and ceremonies from other ancient religions. The ancient world was rife with tales of virgin births, miracle-working saviors, tripartite gods, gods taking human form, gods arising from the dead, heavens and hells, and days of judgment. In addition to the myths, many of the ceremonies of ancient religions also match those of that syncretic latecomer, Christianity. To cite but one example (there are many others), consider Mithraism, a Persian religion predating Christianity by centuries. Mithra, the savior of the Mithraic religion and a god who took human form, was born of a virgin; he belonged to the holy trinity and was a link between heaven and Earth; and he ascended into heaven after his death. His followers believed in heaven and hell, looked forward to a day of judgment, and referred to Mithra as "the Light of the World." They also practiced baptism (for purification purposes) and ritual cannibalismthe eating of bread and the drinking of wine to symbolize the eating and drinking of the gods body and blood. Given all this, Mithras birthday should come as no surprise: December 25th; this event was, of course, celebrated by Mithras followers at midnight.
Mithraism is but the most striking example of the appearance of these myths and ceremonies prior to the advent of Christianity. They appearin more scattered formin many other pre-Christian religions
#3 Jan 29, 2013
The result will probably be like other "head on" engagements, a helluva wreck.
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