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The Two Babylons: Or, the Papal Worship Proved to Be the Worship of Nimrod [Paperback]

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Pages   330
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1999
Publisher   A & B Distributors
ISBN  188131636X  
EAN  9781881316367  

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Originally a pamphlet published in 1853, The Two Babylons is Hislop's most famous work. In this book he argues that the Roman Catholic Church is nothing more than pagan cult, with roots in Babylonian mystery cults, which have a bank of secret knowledge only available to those who have been formally accepted into the cult. Roman Catholics, Hislop argues, are descendants from early Christians who adopted the Roman religion descended from the worship of Semiramis, the wife of the founder of Babylon. By discrediting the true Christianity of Catholics, Hislop hoped to bolster the legitimacy of the Protestant and Scottish Reformations. Students of theology and those interested in the complex history of Christianity will find Hislop's arguments provocative enough that they may be moved to further research of their own. Scottish minister ALEXANDER HISLOP (1807-1865) became an ordained clergymen in the Free Church of Scotland in 1844. As a Presbyterian minister, Hislop was famously critical of

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Alexander Hislop (1807-1865) was a Free Church of Scotland minister infamous for his outspoken criticisms of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the son of Stephen Hislop (died 1837), a mason by occupation and an elder of the Relief Church. Alexander's brother was also named Stephen Hislop (lived 1817-1863) and became well known in his time as a missionary to India and a naturalist. Alexander was for a time parish schoolmaster of Wick, Caithness. In 1831 he married Jane Pearson. He was for a time editor of the Scottish Guardian newspaper. As a probationer he joined the Free Church of Scotland at the Disruption of 1843. He was ordained in 1844 at the East Free Church, Arbroath, where he became senior minister in 1864. He died of a paralytic stroke the next year after being ill for about two years. He wrote several books, his most famous being The Two Babylons: Papal worship Revealed to be the worship of Nimrod and His wife.

Alexander Hislop was born in 1807 and died in 1865.

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Bad Scholarship  Sep 2, 2007
I think the best refutation for this comes from Ralph Woodrow, author of "The Babylon Connection?" Here's what he has to say NOW>>>

"In my earlier Christian experience, certain literature fell into my hands which claimed paganism had been mixed into Christianity. While the Roman Catholic Church was usually the target, it seemed other churches had also been contaminated by customs and beliefs for which pagan parallels could be found."

"The Two Babylons" by Alexander Hislop (1807-1862), with its alarming subtitle, "the papal worship proved to be the worship of Nimrod and his wife," was THE textbook on which much of this teaching was based. Over the years, this book has impacted the thinking of many people-ranging all the way from those in radical cults to very dedicated Christians who hunger for a move of God and are concerned about anything that might hinder that flow. Its basic premise is that the pagan religion of ancient Babylon has continued to our day, in disguise, as the Roman Catholic Church and is described in the book of Revelation as "Mystery Babylon the Great"-thus, the idea of TWO Babylons, one ancient, and on modern. Because Hislop's book is very detailed, having a multitude of notes and references, I assumed, as did many others, it was factual. We quoted "Hislop" as an authority on paganism, jut like "Webster" might be quoted on word definitions.

As a young evangelist I began to share a sermon on the mixture of paganism into Christianity, and eventually wrote a book based on Hislop-"Babylon Mystery Religion." In time, my book became quite popular, went through many printings, and was translated into Korean, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and several other languages. I came to be regarded by some as an authority on the subject of pagan mixture. Even a noted Roman Catholic writer, Karl Keating, said: "Its best-known proponent is Ralph Woodrow, author of 'Babylon Mystery Religion'."

Many preferred my book over "The Two Babylons" because it was easier to read and follow. Sometimes the two books were confused with each other. Letters in a steady flow were received praising my book. Only occasionally would there be a dissenting voice. ONE WHO DISAGREED was Scott Klemm, a high school history teacher in southern California. Being a Christian, and appreciating other things I had written, he began to show me EVIDENCE THAT HISLOP WAS NOT A RELIABLE HISTORIAN. As a result, I realized that I needed to go back through Hislop's work, my basic source, and prayerfully check it out!

As I did this, it became clear-Hislop's "history" was often only mythology. Even though myths may sometimes reflect events that actually happened, an arbitrary piecing together of ancient myths can not provide a sound basis for history. Take enough tribes, enough tales, enough time, jump from one time to another, from one country to another, pick and choose similarities-why anything could be "proved"!

The concern about not having anything pagan in our lives can be likened to a ship crossing a vast ocean. This concern has taken us in the right direction, but as we come to a better understanding as to what is actually pagan and what is not, a correction of the course is necessary in our journey. This is not a going back, but a correction of the course as we follow "the shining light, that shines more and more unto the perfect day" (Prov. 4:18).

Although we challenge some of Hislop's claims in THE BABYLON CONNECTION?-this is not intended as an attack against him personally. As far as we know, he was a dedicated Christian, a brother in Christ. Nor is it our goal in writing this book to merely discredit another book. Instead, it is our desire that this effort will help us understand "the way of God more perfectly" (cf. Acts 18:26), find a biblical balance, and glorify Him who said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).

This book is merely a product of bad scholarship that permeated the 19th century!
Very fascinating book.  Sep 6, 2005
I spent a large amount of time studying this subject, (Nimrod, the history of modern Christianity in relation to pagan worship, Baal, etc....) This book is great! I only gave it four stars simply because of the migraine I received after reading it. You may need a magnifying glass, or perhaps a microscope to read this. I still couldn't put this book down and it was well worth the headache!

Let me explain a little more, when I say you will need a microscope, well I mean the text in the book I had was very small. I mean VERY SMALL. I perhaps lost a bit of my eyesight for a few days, but as I mentioned before, this book is very good. There is a ton of footnotes and references as well. You will see many illustrations to go along with the topic. If you are doing research on this subject, this book is a great tool. It's a great realization book as well. It should really get you to thinking deeply about the modern holidays and 'holy days' you worship.

The basis of this book, or the grounds is to basically prove that modern Christianity is founded on pagan worship. We're going back to the days of Nimrod, Babylon, idoltry, pagan practices. It goes into Mother Mary worship, Easter, Sunday Sabbath, Chrismas, symbols such as the cross, worshipping the dead...etc...

I would honestly say this book was very eye-opening. OK, literally it was eye-straining, but I did very much enjoy reading the content.

You really must read this book! Again, I would have given it five stars, but oh the strain on your eyes! It is still worth it!
The Two Babylons  Aug 16, 2005
Well researched. Hislop does an excellent job of exposing the pagan roots of the Catholic church.
Virulent Antipapist Propaganda by a Protestant Know Nothing.  Jun 4, 2004
_The Two Babylons_ by Protestant Rev. Alexander Hislop is a book which attempts to prove that the worship of the Roman Church is that of ancient Babylon and that paganism was later added into original Christianity by Roman Catholicism. The book looks at the Roman Catholic calendar, the holidays, the sacaments, priestly orders, the papacy, and all the rest of Catholic tradition and argues that these elements are in fact pagan in source, claiming that the Bible alone is to be the sole source of authority for the practicing Christian (relying of course on private interpretation, problematic in itself). Of course, original Christianity did not even have the Bible in its canonical form (however, they did have the mass, performed in memory of Christ Jesus); nevertheless, Hislop argues that the Bible is to be the sole source of authority. Of course, tradition itself allows one to assert the authority of the Holy Bible as Word of God, but Hislop will nonetheless claim that tradition is "pagan" in origin. Basically this book is a work of hatred, which relies on the common fallacy that because two religious practices are similar (in outward appearance) they must share the same origin. In fact, the religious beliefs of the early Aryan European pagans may have been an important foreshadowing of the later Christian religion that overtook them. The Protestantism advocated by Hislop is bitterly iconoclastic (no doubt smashing artworks, quite literally) and puritanical as well as nationalistic. For example, Hislop is opposed to such common practices as the celebration of Christmas and the use of colored eggs at Easter. Such hardheaded know nothingness is certainly responsible for the rise of modern day nihilism and the secular state. The Roman Church claims apostolic lineage from Christ himself through Saint Peter, the first pope. Hislop merely takes this great religion, extracts its holy book and proclaims that that book is the religion itself. Of course, the battle has waged on since the Reformation, but Hislop represents some of the most extreme forces of opposition to the papacy within Protestantism.
I read this book a long time ago. It is packed with incredible details outlining the origins of paganism, myths, legends, and their influence on religions of today. For anyone who is not afraid of FACTS AND TRUTH. Not for those who want to hang on to their religious traditions, and the doctrines and commandments of men. For example: how did we get Christmas on December 25, Easter with bunnies and eggs; Greek, Roman, and many other countries' legends and myths? It's all here, and much much more, documented with unbelievable detail and scholarship.

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