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  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Cosimo Classics (1 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605208108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605208107
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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Where did the practices and beliefs of Roman Catholicism come from? In this scholarly classic, first published over eighty years ago, Alexander Hislop reveals that many Roman Catholic teachings did not originate with Christ or the Bible, but were adopted from ancient pagan Babylonian religion, and given Christian names.
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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Peter Buckley VINE VOICE on 2 Jun. 2009
Hislop's work, now over 100 years old, is still the best starting point for studying comparative religion. Of course, there is much in it that is no longer valid, and so long as the Vatican still stands,it will probably always feature on their banned books list (officially non-existent since 1966), however, the main points of the book are incontestable, which is probably why I know of no serious rebuttal.
Just a quick comment on those who feel such a book is an attack on their faith, true faith is not blind faith, and so if there was no dialogue on the foundations or basis of that faith, would it not prove to be built on sand? If genuine, not only would it withstand constuctive criticism, but would welcome it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Stent on 31 Jan. 2008
The book The Two Babylonsby by Alexander Hislop is a excellent book but the quality by this publisher is very bad! The index is missing from the back of the book. Not all the page numbers on the content page correspond to the right page. The quality of the pictures is terrible, so you can not read the captions.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Aj Viljoen VINE VOICE on 5 Mar. 2004
Format: Paperback
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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Cd Ford on 25 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
Hislops "Two Babylons" is a product of a bygone age but is still SO relevant.His honest approach to many false doctrines and beliefs of the Catholic and Protestant churches ,showing their origins to be steeped in Paganism ,is a must for all truth seekers.Read this and see just how far removed from the real message of the Bible mainstream Religion has become .Truly ,still a masterpiece.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jun. 1997
Format: Hardcover
I found "The Two Babylons" to be the most informative book ever in regards two exposing false relgious holidays and their meanings. I feel the authors research was very dedicated to its purpose, that of, exposing false religion in general not just catholic.
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This is a good book, done no justice at all by how poorly it is laid out. It is an awkward size, making it seem more like a university textbook than a regular book. The chapter breaks are basically a couple of line spaces in the middle of otherwise dense screeds of text, giving a reading experience similar to reading pages with no paragraph breaks.

Worst of all, in a book with quite a lot of footnotes, it is almost impossible to decipher where the main text ends and the footnote begins. Additionally, the footnotes are labelled with asterisks rather than numbers, and where there are a few footnotes on the same page, it is difficult to determine which footnote relates to which part of the main text.

Overall, this is a fascinating book with an impeccably reasoned line of argument. I would definitely recommend buying it, but just not this version, as the layout is truly awful.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Profjekyll on 19 July 2005
Format: Paperback
This man really did his research. He has traced the routes of many dearly held traditions to be not those of biblical origin but of pagan. This is pretty shocking and should not be read by anyone who is not open minded and yet is recomended for seekers of the truth.
Aside from that I was a little disapointed that the text in the book does not cover the entire page, there is a massive margin, leaving the print quite small. Perhaps you could use this space to write notes?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MW5362 on 25 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
Fantastic service and a great book into the bargain.

Captivating

Heavy going bit a great reference work on the worlds religious customs and their origins.

Not biased to a religion very balanced and informative.
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