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Read it, didn't buy the theory. The authors didn't know the difference between Mithra (Persian deity) and Mithras (god of the Roman legions) to start with, and that's a pretty critical distinction. They also didn't talk enough about the story of Dionysus to get a real feel for any comparisons between Dionysus and Jesus, and there are some. Nonetheless, a "mystery religion" lens for viewing the Jesus narrative is useful for mining more significance out of it when the usual way of reading it runs dry. There are also some very nice colour photos.

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napoleonofnerds
May. 26th, 2012 04:16 am (UTC)
I've always thought understanding the sacraments through the lens of mystery cults yielded important insights for believers as much as for interested others, but not knowing basic facts about them like how the Mithras cult developed rather undermines the analysis.
kishiriadgr
May. 26th, 2012 05:39 am (UTC)
How the Mithras cult developed is irrelevant. What is relevant is the mystery-type concept, which is indeed in Scripture that "God became Man so that Man might become God."
malkhos
Jun. 4th, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
How the Mithras cult developed is now very well undertood:


Beck, Roger, "The Mysteries of Mithras: A New Account of Their Genesis," Journal of Roman Studies 88 (1998): 115-128.
napoleonofnerds
Jun. 4th, 2012 06:38 am (UTC)
Right. I know. Teppy made it seem like the dude who wrote the book she read didn't understand the genesis and development of the cult. That's all I meant.
reginaterrae
Jun. 4th, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
I don't know much about it, but have always been intrigued. Ancient "heresies", especially the most "bizarre" (from the standpoint of what ended up being orthodoxy) are fascinating to me. Actually, I'm kind of fascinated by the modern farthest-out heresies, Mormon & Jehovah's Witnesses and such.
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