By Daniele Bolelli
If you're awaiting the world's "Holy Men" to inform you the reality approximately their religions, do you think they'll point out that:
• The Tao Te Ching was once simply created simply because Lao Tzu used to be thrown in prison through a disciple who didn't are looking to permit him go away city with out writing down his teachings?
• "Passover" celebrates God killing all firstborn Egyptian children whereas Jewish houses have been "passed over" by way of the angel of death?
• Shinto, a nature-loving, mellow faith, was once remodeled by way of the japanese govt right into a nationalistic ideology selling "holy" war?
Adding to its renowned 50 issues You're no longer presupposed to understand sequence, Disinformation has teamed with Daniele Bolelli (writer, professor of comparative faith, and popular martial arts practitioner and thinker) to take on an ever extra critical and demanding subject: renowned misconceptions approximately faith.
Among different revelations:
• Carpocrates, an early Christian, argued that intercourse orgies have been a key to heaven.
• Prostitution used to be a spiritual accountability in Mesopotamian temples.
• the 2 significant chinese language religions (Taoism and Confucianism) are thoroughly at odds with one another and but are usually practiced together.
• regardless of having persecuted Jews for 2,000 years, Christian fundamentalists are Israel's greatest supporters.
Capturing simply the suitable stability of in-depth wisdom, recognize, humor and irreverence, Bolelli takes an ecumenical method of the duty, revealing marvelous, stunning, and little-known evidence concerning the "big three" religions but additionally many extra, together with Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and, in fact, the more and more well known non-religion: atheism.
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Sundermann, ‘Zur frühen missionarischen Wirksamkeit Manis’ (cf. above n. ). 133 Sundermann, ‘KgLM’, III, f. 134 See n. . 135 Sundermann, ‘KgLM’, III, and f. chapter two the first missionaries who departed for a country that was probably at war with Persia. Moreover, there is no reason to suppose that Addas made use of the army of the Palmyrians to reach Alexandria. None of the sources makes any mention of such a development. Sundermann’s arguments on the basis of the successive sending of the Treasure and the Gospel to Addas do have more support in the texts.
Römer, Manis frühe Missionsreisen nach der Kölner Manibiographie; Textkritscher Kommentar und Erläuterungen zu p. –p. des Kölner Mani-Kodex, Opladen , f. 89 Koenen & Römer, Mani-Kodex, . Shâpûr’s accession to the throne probably was in ce; cf. C. S. C. Lieu, Manichaeism in Mesopotamia and the Roman East, Leiden-New York-Köln 2, – (). 90 See nn. and respectively. 91 According to these texts, in the first year of their mission to the Roman East, Patticius was in authority and had the title of Teacher (’mwcg/mwz’’k’), Addas was called a Bishop (‘spsg/’βt’δ’n), and a certain Mani (not the founder of the religion, but another person bearing the same name) is referred to as a Scribe (dbyr) and an Abbot (m’ny-st’nδ’r’k).
Robinson, ‘The Fate of the Manichaean Codices of Medinet Madi – ’, in: G. -J. ), Studia Manichaica. II. -. August , St. F. C. ). 102 Cf. Gardner, ‘Reconstruction’, –; Gardner & Lieu, ‘From Marmouthis to Kellis’, and Robinson, ‘The Fate of the Manichaean Codices’, –. -J. Klimkeit, Gnosis on the Silk Road. Gnostic texts from Central Asia, New York . 104 Sundermann states that the texts give no indication about their date or author, see his ‘Zur frühen missionarischen Wirksamkeit Manis’, AOH () – ().
50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know: Religion by Daniele Bolelli