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Two Babylons or the Papal Worship [Hardcover]

Alexander Hislop
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Sep 1989
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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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Loizeaux Brothers; 2 edition (Sep 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872133303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872133303
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,961,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Peter Buckley VINE VOICE
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The index is missing 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible quality print 12 Dec 2011
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I was shocked by the awful quality of the print. They have taken an out of copyright book off the library shelf, scanned it and reprinted as-is, pen marks and all. The quality is similar to an old fax machine; legible but irritating.
As for the content of the book; I wouldn't agree with the author's central assertion that the catholic church is "Babylon the Great", but was fascinated to read about the pagan roots of so many church rituals and symbols.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Highly controversial 5 Mar 2004
By Aj Viljoen VINE VOICE
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Babylons" reveals holidays to be pagan 21 Jun 1997
By A Customer
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good - content accutely enlightening 19 July 2005
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literary Excellence 25 Jan 2010
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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars reveals the pagan roots of Roman Catholicism 27 Jun 1998
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This book is invaluable in learning how Roman Catholicism merged itself with the pagan religions.What is even more interesting is that the Roman Catholic Church has never offered a rebuttal...
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1.0 out of 5 stars More description needed
Even though this is exactly the same title and author as my one this copy had no pictures. This was a gift for a friend
Published 2 months ago by Semz
4.0 out of 5 stars The Two Babylons, or the Papal Worship Proved to Be the Worship of...
A tough read by anyone's standards. The book, originally written by an old Scots minister as a polemic agains the Roman Catholic Church, is also an indictment of the paganism and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Forbes
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Poor Layout
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. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Neil Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference for seriour Bible and pre history students
Although much more information has been published since this work was done it is an excellent reference book that digs deep into the origins of mythology and paganism.
Published 7 months ago by Mark Luty
3.0 out of 5 stars Badly written
The author clearly has a grudge against the Roman Catholic Church, calling it Popery. If he were to take an open view and admit for the possibility of the Roman church having a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. G. Maher
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleased But.
I have it in hard back, very informative book so I downloaded it into my kindle to always have it with me,
the reason i did'ent rate it 5 star is because it has no index. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Two Babylons.
This is a fantastic book, written by a fine man of ' God,' who was away ahead of his time when he wrote this book, The
' Reverend Alexander Hislop.'
Published 11 months ago by L M H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Babylons
An amazing book - a real eye opener for people with an interest in Christianity. The book goes into the origins of christian festivals and it is a shock to find they are mostly... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pauline Westbury
2.0 out of 5 stars not the required thing
I was expecting the copy to be the same as the one I had a few years ago which was fully illustrated, this copy was not, so I returned it
Published 13 months ago by margaret
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Book was recommended by an acquaintance. Although I have started to read this book I have not yet finished. It is an interesting read.
Published 14 months ago by Sweet P
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