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VINE VOICEon 2 June 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 Of course, there is much in it that is no longer valid, and so long as the Vatican still stands,it will probably always feature on their banned books list (officially non-existent since 1966), however, the main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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on 31 January 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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VINE VOICEon 5 March 2004
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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on 11 April 2016
This book and author have fallen into a much controversy and many have tried to discredit it.

However, as a former practitioner of paganism and the occult myself, and my knowledge of the catholic faith and what they openly say of themselves, this book is right on the money. If perhaps not 100% perfect, it is at least 90% there.

Even the Churches own writings and bishops of prominence have confessed and even today still confess that Catholicism can rightly be called "baptised paganism", inheriting pretty much everything except for the names of the deities from the pagan world. So I do not know why people have tried to poo hoo this book so much. A stellar job Hyslop has done here.

Some Quotes to demonstrate my position...

"The use of temples, and these dedicated to particular saints, and ornamented on occasions with branches of trees; incense, lamps, and candles; votive offerings on recovery from illness; holy water; asylums; holydays and seasons, use of calendars, processions, blessings on the fields; sacerdotal vestments, the tonsure, the ring in marriage, turning to the East, images at a later date, perhaps the ecclesiastical chant, and the Kyrie Eleison are all of pagan origin, and sanctified by their adoption into the Church."
An Essay on The Development of the Christian Doctrine John Henry 'Cardinal Newman' p.373

"It has often been charged .. that Catholicism is overlaid with many pagan incrustations. Catholicism is ready to accept that accusation and even to make it her boast .. the great god Pan is not really dead, he is baptized."
The Story of Catholicism, p. 37

"It is interesting to note how often our Church has availed herself of practices which were in common use among pagans .. Thus it is true, in a certain sense, that some Catholic rites and ceremonies are a reproduction of those of pagan creeds."
The Externals of the Catholic Church, Her Government, Ceremonies, Festivals, Sacramentals and Devotions, by John F. Sullivan, p. 156, published by P.J. Kennedy, NY, 1942
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on 21 June 1997
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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on 9 July 2001
If you like the ancient mysteries this is one for you.Who was NIMROD how was he worshipped why so many secrets surrounding the biblical rebel, you will find plenty of answers in this indepth study of the ancient Babylonian hero.All throught the ages man has worshipped NIMROD and his mother SEMIRAMIS his symbolism is to be seen everywhere in the ancient world, but what about, today Hislop shows with much accuracy how he his worshipped even today under the ever changing names that his devotees have lovingly worshipped him by.Hislop explains how the religion of Babylon has survived with all its elements right up to our time you will have your eyes opened if you think religion of this time is free from his influence, think again, from the black madonna's to the modern cross see how deep he has infultrated you, you will never look at religion in the same light.
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on 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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on 25 January 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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on 27 October 2014
I bought this book for research. For students and researchers requiring answers to questions relating to the development of religious teachings it is ideal. Ranging from the early Assyrian and Egyptian periods it traces religious rites and customs that have become mainstay teachings of the Church today. When the reader references the Bible as a core foundation the reader can define the links between pagan rites (Triads of gods / The Trinity) etc and find the truth as to how the teachings practiced in our day have connected to the ancient past. Highly recommended for those wishing to separate false teachings from Bible truth.
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on 27 June 1998
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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