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The Two Babylons: Or, the Papal Worship Proved to be the Worship of Nimrod and His Wife [Paperback]

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Pages   528
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 4, 2007
Publisher   Filiquarian Publishing, LLC.
ISBN  1599866544  
EAN  9781599866543  

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The Two Babylons: Or, the Papal Worship Proved to be the Worship of Nimrod and His Wife is a key religious text written by author Alexander Hislop. This Hislop work is based on the concept that numerous traditions of Roman Catholicism came directly from a mysterious religion largely focused on Nimrod and his family. Coming from this ancient Babylonian religion, many of todays continued practices were incorporated into the teachings of Jesus Christ from this religion, and are revealed in this highly acclaimed early 20th century work. The Two Babylons is highly recommended for those who are interested in the origins of Christian traditions and those who enjoy the writings of author Alexander Hislop.

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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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New cover, same misinformation  Oct 16, 2008
As a Protestant who studies theology, apologetics, church history, and ancient history, I must say that this book is the one of the biggest piles of hooey ever foisted on less scholarly Protestant minds.

I was raised Roman Catholic, turned away from Christianity, and then came to Christ in college. After years of re-studying Catholicism while trying to keep an open mind, I still find it problematic. That said, I cannot cast an ounce of support behind this book.

To say one has "checked his sources" only prove that Hislop used those sources. Those who claim to have "researched" Nimrod, etc., either need to update their archeological and historical research, or have fallen into assuming the validity of his fallacious arguments.

Hislop's book is as poorly reasoned, distorted, and poisonous as they can come. But then, he was born to a day, place, and culture that hardly regarded Rome with an unbiased eye. His broader picture largely reflects the emotionally charged, but hermeneutically unsound view of the early Reformers. [Actually, long before Hislop, another Protestant pseudo-scholar tried to "prove" Catholicism was really the religion of Numa.]

Hislop's "history" and "evidence" is a twisted blend of various sources, from the ancients (who were neither inerrant, nor unbiased), to popular Protestant magazines of the day (which he automatically grants authority on issues of anti-Catholic "history"). He is astounding in his use of fallacious, unsound, and ridiculous arguments. He frequently twists pieces of art into these arguments, which, apart from his distorted view, otherwise prove nothing. His speculations, asserted as fact, often pay no attention to the difference between behavior (say, cult prostitution for various goddesses v. Christian women using Mary as an example for purity), objects (the difference between an actual fish head costume, and the miter), actual history (lack of evidence connecting the influence of pagan culture to Catholic adoption of certain ideas through theology centuries later). He is too wrapped up in his own fantasy to search out the ACTUAL historical, theological, and even sometimes biblical reasons Catholics do and believe certain things.

We should also remember that the Luther and Calvin were neither Zwinglian, nor Anabaptists (whom they regarded as heretics). To varying degrees, they held certain beliefs regarding Mary, and baptism (and to a lesser extent the Eucharist) in common with Rome.

Though it is true that some deities in ancient paganism would be upgraded with the attributes of parallel deities in other cultures, the one seldom actually became the other. Everyone lived in the same world. Given the situation described in Rom. 1, we should not be surprised that pagan cultures developed deities with similar attributes to explain various phenomena, and features of the world, universe, and life.

Worst of all, Hislop's arguments actually are self-defeating. If his claims were true, and if his methodology were valid, then every Christian must conclude that both Old Testament Judaism, and New Testament Christianity are simply revisions of paganism. For temples, animal sacrifices, priests, kings, lunar calendars, harvest celebrations, washings, baptism, cult related meals, etc., etc., all existed in paganism first. The title for God, "El," was a Canaanite general term for a god, but particular the name of their highest god. In fact, "Father of Lights" (applied to our God in James 1:17) was also one of his titles. Similarly, the Greek word "theos" was applied to pagan gods long before being applied to our God. Was the concept of triad, the triple goddess, or the trimurti the basis for the trinity? Was God "Judaizing" and "Christianizing" paganism? The point is, Hislop's guilt by association through titular honor, or other similarities (ignoring vast dissimilarities as it suites him) is not a valid basis for asserting that Mary is Simuramis in disguise. I could go on and on, but have not the time or inclination.

Some pastors claim that this book has "never been disproven." On the contrary, it is easily disproved. But to do that, one must actually have and use critical thinking skills while reading this mish-mash, analyze his arguments and methodology, and do independent historical research on the issues he presents. Unfortunately, this book is so ridiculous that real historians do not consider it worth their time or effort. It is no more worthy of serious consideration than "The Da Vinci Code."

Of course, pseudo-Christian cults love the book, since they believe the trinity is false, and Christians worship the cross, and Jesus Christ was Michael the archangel (and didn't rise from the dead), or the "spirit brother of Lucifer," etc.. This book provides them false cover for the "reestablishment" of the "true" organization/church.

For those of you not so inclined, I too recommend Ralph Woodrow's book, "The Babylon Connection?" It could stand revision and improvement. But for the most part, he has it right.
very solid ancient history research reguardless of intended direction  Oct 3, 2008
This book sets out to prove that the Catholic Church is the second Babylon as mentioned in the book of revelations. Whether he proves this is debatable. But what he does achieve is a remarkable and important reference book for ancient history.

Now remember, this book was written somewhere around 1858-1859, so there are some pro's and cons to this. Perhaps he doesn't have access to all the recent finds, but his research is such that is still tops many similar works today.

It does read a bit dry, to be sure. Nevertheless I found this book's research invaluable in mine. One interesting aspect to this book is the legends and myths and ancient histories are far less obscured by contemporary interpretations, and there is only a thin veneer of interpretation of the legends, which are usually on things that are not understood. For example some allegorical themes are implied to the stories, such as the eggs that people came to earth in ( might be Noah's ark or a seed of an idea) or people before the flood forsaking and coming to earth, might be interpretted as a spirit.

So we see bare legends which might not be grasped in original context might then interpreted with spiritual or allegorical meanings and are then left at that. This means the bare legends and histories are there for us to interpret as we see fit, withough having to screen them through someone's current popular idiology. One might say we are reading Hislops ideology, but he lays his direction bare so we know exactly what he's trying to prove...thus we can sidestep his conclusions easily and still have the complete ancient history there for us.

One thing that pops out of this is some amazing facts which normally are all too often "reinterpreted" in more contemporary books like Chariots of the Gods or the 12th Planet. They are there for us to see without contemporary interpretations. It allows the layman to grasp the ancient stories in their context. (The author of course main intention is to show the ancient legends and religious practices are imbedded in Catholicism, but he leave you to weigh the evidence yourself, which gives us the option to accept or reject his conclusions.)

He basically leaves the stories uninterpreted and merely lets us weigh the evidence ourselves...which is all to rare these days. Books like those of Zechariah Sitchen's, and the like all to often spoon feed us little bite sized morsels of ancient history and we are left to trust their interpretations. This book lays the legends bare. It is for this reason this is an exceptional look into ancient worlds histories.

It does seem evident that he occasionally identifies certain people incorrectly. Ancient stories around the earth often correspond to similar stories in other cultures and he shows how similar these are, and usualy are of a common origin, and that often one person in one story is the same person in another story from a different culture. But occasionally he appears to misidentify the odd person in one legend with another in another legend, so you have to be a bit on your toes...and indeed it's isn't always clear, so some cross referencing would be necessary for an in-depth study.
My conclusions of this work: If your into ancient history, this is an exeptional refference book, regardless what you think of his direction.
Good stuff to know!  Sep 17, 2008
This book was great. The information is in line with similar research on the same subject. I specifically enjoyed the confirmation of the connection to Nimrod and Semiramis in relation to Mary holding the Baby Jesus.
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE a mystery no more  Aug 8, 2008
This book is almost essential reading for those seeking the true knowledge contained in the Bible. It is not an easy read, by any means, but those who take the time will find a intricately detailed explanation of who the 'Whore of Babylon' mentioned in the book of Revelations is, and how it came to be. This foundation provides an answer to the question of not just why so many pagan beliefs have slipped into Christianity, but how.

Needless to say, this doesn't shine a nice light on the Roman Catholic Church. One could argue that it doesn't reflect nicely on any group that splintered from the Church and retained its beliefs or customs, either.

It should be noted that throughout the book, Hisop clearly respects the knowledge contained in the Bible, its divine inspiration and significance. This book attacks the Church by using the knowledge in the Bible. It's in no way an attack on Christianity or the Bible, but rather an attack on specific practices, beliefs and institutions which, he argues, are misguided.

In conclusion, I don't think this is a revolutionary (change) work, so much as revelatory (uncovering). I have no doubt that many people before Hisop saw the same issue and inconsistencies in the Roman Catholic Church. Hisop just came around at a time when the Church's power waned, and they couldn't get away with killing the opposition or destroying the work. Men like Isaac Newton expressed views clearly opposed to the Church's core teachings, and, even today, people reading this book or anyone seeking out the answers of the Bible are doing the same thing.


Side Note: This book fell into public domain a long time ago, so you can find free electronic copies of it on the internet by searching on Google.
Highly controversial  Aug 2, 2008
A current trend among Christians is to start questioning the origins of "Christmas" and "Easter" and the baptism of infants and the deification of Mary and numerous other "sacraments", beliefs and traditions. And that is good. In a way, Hislop started all of this with this book, more than 100 years ago.
At the time it seemed to have been very well researched, but cracks in the woodwork has appeared since. This doesn't mean that everything he writes is wrong, but simply that what is written cannot be accepted as the undisputed truth.

Hislop does, however come very close to the truth for the most part. It is, luckily, also quite easy to discern where he bases arguments on facts, and where he makes deductions. In is in the deductions where the fault lies, because he is a little too liberal in his deductions, and these should be taken with a pinch of salt, or simply disregarded. As I said, the factual parts are however, highly informative and often very shocking.

Another problem is that the book is written in a highly academic way and is by no means an easy read. Add to this the subject matter, and it rapidly becomes a "study" rather than a "read". But a fascinating study, nonetheless.

So the bad news is that the book isn't entirely accurate, and plain difficult. That said however, it almost qualifies as "essential reading" for the Christian who is in any way concerned with the pagan origins of current Christian practices or the history of the Catholic Church. As I said, controversial.

Many people simply reject the evidence that Mr Hislop presents because of its controversial nature. And that is the easy way out. It is not easy to critisize one's own church, especially if one is a devout and committed Christian. But, in spite of all its shortcomings, this book does present one with evidence that demands further contemplation.

This book however, goes further than that, in the sense that Hislop shows the reader how all the religions fit together, from Jesus Christ to Buddha to the temple prostitutes of Diana and Adonis. Fascinating stuff, but presented in the most boring way imaginable.

So, this is a tedious book, for serious scholars. But it does deliver. And it is controversial and it is relevant, 150 years after it was written. It is certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but it is by far the best publication to date on the ancient origins of religion, mythology and doctrine. It is the kind of book I would seriously study from cover to cover, but not expect anyone else to read.

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