Re: Why not 13 months? (Was La Systeme Metrique)

flower (
Sun, 3 Sep 1995 13:50:33 GMT

Kneeling in front of statues is not really *pagan*... not in the true
sense of the word. But if you're using the term a little more loosely,
then, I guess it would be. But within the Catholic church, statues are
not entities in themselves, rather reminders? focusers? symbols? not sure
exactly how to put it.

But the orthodox christian churches have many other "pagan" adaptations.
Christmas is an adapted Saturnalia festival.
And the symbolism of "body and blood" is probably not too far away from
other "pagan" practices. Ritual cleansing also, in baptism. That's
certainly been done before.

Point is, the Church has always adapted itself to suit the masses, or to
attract certain groups.


On 1 Sep 1995, Solomon Taibi wrote:

> In
> <Pine.A32.3.91.950831142616.67517B-100000-100000-100000-100000@spider.u
>> Luis Marcelo Schultz <> writes:
> >On 22 Aug 1995, Robert A. Uhl wrote:
> >> In article <41djih$>,
> >> Bob Haley <> wrote:
> >>Well, that's not quite true. Neither the Orthodox nor the Catholic
> >>church has pagan practices (...)I challenge you to name one
> >>practice of either church which is pagan.
> >>
> > I can say one: the use of candles in the church
> >derives from pagans rituals (adoring the Sun) AND was taken by the
> >church precisely to take the pagans into OUR church.
> Candle lighting is also a Jewish practice, nothing to
> do with sun-worship (though that may be meaning in some religions).
> Is it at least possible that this is where the Christians got the
> idea? I don't say this is necessarily so, but to have a definite
> opinion I'd need more information than you give.
> How about kneeling in front of statues? Is that a pagan practice?
> --
> S. Taibi