By M.D., By Thomas Inman

The call for which has sprung up for this paintings has precipitated the writer to make it extra whole than it was once initially. however it couldn't be made excellent with out being accelerated right into a quantity whose measurement will be incompatible with cheapness. whilst each determine would provide a textual content for an extended discourse, an in depth consciousness is needed lest an outline may be constructed right into a dissertation. during this paintings, the writer is obliged to restrict himself to the reason of symbols, and can't release out into historic and smooth faiths, other than in as far as they're typified by way of sure traditional symptoms.

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PLATE X. Contains pagan symbols of the trinity or linga, with or without the unity or yoni. Fig. 1 represents a symbol frequently met with in ancient architecture, etc. It represents the male and female elements, the pillar and the half moon. Fig. 2 represents the mystic letters said to have been placed on the portaI of the oracle of Delphi. By some it is proposed to read the two letters as signifying “he or she is;” by others the letters are taken to be symbolic of the triad and the unit. If they be, the pillar is very unusual form for the yoni.

To them the doctrine of the Trinity was unknown, and not one of them had any parti- xxx cular reverence for her whom we call the Virgin Mary, who, if she was ‘virgo intacta ’ when Jesus was born, was certainly different when she bore his brothers. Paul and Peter, though said to be the fathers of the Roman Church, never used or recommended the faithful to procure for themselves “a cross” as an aid to memory. The early Christians recognised each other by their deeds, and never had, like the Jews, to prove that they were in covenant with God, by putting a mutilated part of their body into full view.

I will only add, that what I refer to has long been known to almost every scholar except English ones. Of these a few are learned; but for a long period they have systematically refrained from speaking plainly, and have written in such a xxxii manner as to be guilty not only of suppressio veri but of suggestio falsi. ” and following up his thoughts by wondering what style of persons they were, or are, who could introduce into religion such matters as those of which we have treated. In replay, I can only say that I have nothing extenuated, and set down nought in malice.

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