The Secret Teachings of All Ages revealed in Christ
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Lately, I've been reading Freemason and enemy of Christ, Manly P. Hall's book The Secret Teachings of All Ages. In his book, Hall expresses the various dying god myths of the pagans, with one point of note:

Quote:Another mystery ritual among the Babylonians and Assyrians was that of Merodach and the Dragon. Merodach, the creator of the inferior universe, slays a horrible monster and out of her body forms the universe. Here is the probable source of the so-called Christian allegory of St. George and the Dragon. - Ch. V, p. 87.


Here we see the angle of the Freemasons and antichrists of history, wherein they see all the stories of the Saints and Gospels as merely allegory derived from ancient fables. They take the fable as the truth, in the symbolic sense, and then undermine the life of the Saint. It is a common tactic of the critical-historical method that arose in the 19th century among Masons and Protestants. 

Rather, the truth of the story of St. George can be understood through the mythopoeic perspective utilized by J.R.R. Tolkien. Wherein, he saw a convergence of myth and history in the Gospels and the life of Christ. Meaning, that what happened in Scripture happened how it is written, but that various pagan myths share elements with this same historical manifestation of these stories. So, where there are dying god myths which share elements with the life of Christ, they do not share the whole truth of the Gospels, which have their own grounding in history and elements unique to them as they actually occurred

The same perspective should be taken with the lives of the Saints. Wherein the elements of myth found in the life of St. George may have commonalities with the myths of ancients, the actual historical life of St. George was the true manifestation of this same myth. Like Christ and the dying god myths, it is not that the life of St. George was bolstered with derivations from myth onto his own life, but rather, that his life was the actual reality of these myths

There is a sort of reversal of mystical truth with the Incarnation, wherein all things prefigured in the clouded memory of pagan mysteries was truly manifested in all its fullness through Christ and the Redemption of the Life of Grace in men. Christ Himself alluded to this when He said: For there is not any thing secret that shall not be made manifest, nor hidden, that shall not be known and come abroad. (Luke 8:17) 

Like a dog returning to its own vomit, the Masons value the myths of heathens because of the secrets they contain, but the mission of Christ, in part, did away with these hidden mysteries as His Light entered the world and illuminated all things. This is why the Renaissance Catholics, for good or evil, reexamined these same myths and occult mysteries in light of the Gospel and attempted to note the prefigurement of Christ in them. We even see this in the Fathers and Scholastics. And this is because Christ made manifest all hidden secrets through their fulfillment in history. Therefore, the life of a Saint, Apostle or Christ Himself, which shares elements with an ancient mystery or myth are not due to them borrowing elements in some manner to deceive the faithful, but rather, are simply those same hidden truths becoming actual in the Life of Grace.

And, in my opinion, herein lies the utter contempt of the mystery cults at the truth of the Gospels in Jesus Christ. It is because He took all the mysteries and secrets that they held dear, and not only manifested what was true in them, but perfected them in Himself and His Saints.

As I read more of Hall's tome, I may post more insights and thoughts in this thread. But, for now, I see in this realization about the mysteries that these enemies of Christ cherish that which I initially suspected with my own conversion almost 3 years ago.
"The Heart of Jesus is closer to you when you suffer, than when you are full of joy." - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

"modern Catholics have tended to put too much faith in the pope and too little in the Church." - Bishop Williamson.

"And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell." - Mt. 10:28
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The sheer blindness of Hall and his like is manifested in the conclusion of the same chapter, wherein he declares:

Quote:From a consideration of all these ancient and secret rituals it becomes evident that the mystery of the dying god was universal among the illumined and venerated colleges of the sacred teaching. This mystery has been perpetuated in Christianity in the crucifixion and death of the God-man--Jesus the Christ. The secret import of this world tragedy and the Universal Martyr must be rediscovered if Christianity is to reach the heights attained by the pagans in the days of their philosophic supremacy. The myth of the dying god is the key to both universal and individual redemption and regeneration, and those who do not comprehend the true nature of this supreme allegory are not privileged to consider themselves either wise or truly religious. - Ch. V, p. 91.


Hall misses the entire purpose of Christ's Incarnation, Passion and death because his judgment is so profoundly clouded by these so-called 'secrets' of the pagans. Throughout this same chapter, he points to the various dying god myths ranging from Attis to Odin, but at every possible opportunity decries the manifestation of the truth within these myths as manifested in Christianity. What he fails to see, or sees and vainly rejects, is the convergence of the exoteric (literal) historical actualization with the esoteric (hidden) truth as it is revealed through Christ.

Hall, like other 'initiates' into ancient 'mysteries', looks purely at the kernel of symbolical truth as the only manifestation of this truth while missing the same literal-historical actualization of this same truth in the Gospels. It is a result, in my estimation, of the Platonic thought which permeates these antichrists, wherein the Forms are more actual than the thing itself. So, rather than accept a historical version of these truths as attested to by the Church, they overlook these as they blindly search in the darkness of their own thought for the Form of the "Universal Martyr" rather than accept the humble truth of this same Universal Martyr, which is the Person of Jesus Christ.
"The Heart of Jesus is closer to you when you suffer, than when you are full of joy." - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

"modern Catholics have tended to put too much faith in the pope and too little in the Church." - Bishop Williamson.

"And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell." - Mt. 10:28
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(07-17-2020, 11:12 AM)Augustinian Wrote: The sheer blindness of Hall and his like is manifested in the conclusion of the same chapter, wherein he declares:

Quote:From a consideration of all these ancient and secret rituals it becomes evident that the mystery of the dying god was universal among the illumined and venerated colleges of the sacred teaching. This mystery has been perpetuated in Christianity in the crucifixion and death of the God-man--Jesus the Christ. The secret import of this world tragedy and the Universal Martyr must be rediscovered if Christianity is to reach the heights attained by the pagans in the days of their philosophic supremacy. The myth of the dying god is the key to both universal and individual redemption and regeneration, and those who do not comprehend the true nature of this supreme allegory are not privileged to consider themselves either wise or truly religious. - Ch. V, p. 91.


Hall misses the entire purpose of Christ's Incarnation, Passion and death because his judgment is so profoundly clouded by these so-called 'secrets' of the pagans. Throughout this same chapter, he points to the various dying god myths ranging from Attis to Odin, but at every possible opportunity decries the manifestation of the truth within these myths as manifested in Christianity. What he fails to see, or sees and vainly rejects, is the convergence of the exoteric (literal) historical actualization with the esoteric (hidden) truth as it is revealed through Christ.

Hall, like other 'initiates' into ancient 'mysteries', looks purely at the kernel of symbolical truth as the only manifestation of this truth while missing the same literal-historical actualization of this same truth in the Gospels. It is a result, in my estimation, of the Platonic thought which permeates these antichrists, wherein the Forms are more actual than the thing itself. So, rather than accept a historical version of these truths as attested to by the Church, they overlook these as they blindly search in the darkness of their own thought for the Form of the "Universal Martyr" rather than accept the humble truth of this same Universal Martyr, which is the Person of Jesus Christ.

Another good reason why the Church leans more toward Aristotle -- baptized by the Church through St. Thomas Aquinas -- in Her theology rather than Plato. A multitude of thank-yous for pointing this thread of thought out. :)
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(07-17-2020, 11:11 PM)HailGilbert Wrote:
(07-17-2020, 11:12 AM)Augustinian Wrote: The sheer blindness of Hall and his like is manifested in the conclusion of the same chapter, wherein he declares:

Quote:From a consideration of all these ancient and secret rituals it becomes evident that the mystery of the dying god was universal among the illumined and venerated colleges of the sacred teaching. This mystery has been perpetuated in Christianity in the crucifixion and death of the God-man--Jesus the Christ. The secret import of this world tragedy and the Universal Martyr must be rediscovered if Christianity is to reach the heights attained by the pagans in the days of their philosophic supremacy. The myth of the dying god is the key to both universal and individual redemption and regeneration, and those who do not comprehend the true nature of this supreme allegory are not privileged to consider themselves either wise or truly religious. - Ch. V, p. 91.


Hall misses the entire purpose of Christ's Incarnation, Passion and death because his judgment is so profoundly clouded by these so-called 'secrets' of the pagans. Throughout this same chapter, he points to the various dying god myths ranging from Attis to Odin, but at every possible opportunity decries the manifestation of the truth within these myths as manifested in Christianity. What he fails to see, or sees and vainly rejects, is the convergence of the exoteric (literal) historical actualization with the esoteric (hidden) truth as it is revealed through Christ.

Hall, like other 'initiates' into ancient 'mysteries', looks purely at the kernel of symbolical truth as the only manifestation of this truth while missing the same literal-historical actualization of this same truth in the Gospels. It is a result, in my estimation, of the Platonic thought which permeates these antichrists, wherein the Forms are more actual than the thing itself. So, rather than accept a historical version of these truths as attested to by the Church, they overlook these as they blindly search in the darkness of their own thought for the Form of the "Universal Martyr" rather than accept the humble truth of this same Universal Martyr, which is the Person of Jesus Christ.

Another good reason why the Church leans more toward Aristotle -- baptized by the Church through St. Thomas Aquinas -- in Her theology rather than Plato. A multitude of thank-yous for pointing this thread of thought out.
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(07-17-2020, 11:11 PM)HailGilbert Wrote:
(07-17-2020, 11:12 AM)Augustinian Wrote: The sheer blindness of Hall and his like is manifested in the conclusion of the same chapter, wherein he declares:

Quote:From a consideration of all these ancient and secret rituals it becomes evident that the mystery of the dying god was universal among the illumined and venerated colleges of the sacred teaching. This mystery has been perpetuated in Christianity in the crucifixion and death of the God-man--Jesus the Christ. The secret import of this world tragedy and the Universal Martyr must be rediscovered if Christianity is to reach the heights attained by the pagans in the days of their philosophic supremacy. The myth of the dying god is the key to both universal and individual redemption and regeneration, and those who do not comprehend the true nature of this supreme allegory are not privileged to consider themselves either wise or truly religious. - Ch. V, p. 91.


Hall misses the entire purpose of Christ's Incarnation, Passion and death because his judgment is so profoundly clouded by these so-called 'secrets' of the pagans. Throughout this same chapter, he points to the various dying god myths ranging from Attis to Odin, but at every possible opportunity decries the manifestation of the truth within these myths as manifested in Christianity. What he fails to see, or sees and vainly rejects, is the convergence of the exoteric (literal) historical actualization with the esoteric (hidden) truth as it is revealed through Christ.

Hall, like other 'initiates' into ancient 'mysteries', looks purely at the kernel of symbolical truth as the only manifestation of this truth while missing the same literal-historical actualization of this same truth in the Gospels. It is a result, in my estimation, of the Platonic thought which permeates these antichrists, wherein the Forms are more actual than the thing itself. So, rather than accept a historical version of these truths as attested to by the Church, they overlook these as they blindly search in the darkness of their own thought for the Form of the "Universal Martyr" rather than accept the humble truth of this same Universal Martyr, which is the Person of Jesus Christ.

Another good reason why the Church leans more toward Aristotle -- baptized by the Church through St. Thomas Aquinas -- in Her theology rather than Plato. A multitude of thank-yous for pointing this thread of thought out. :)

Yes, that's very true. I personally still lean more towards Platonism, in the Augustinian vein as continued by St. Bonaventure, because of its upward view of metaphysics, as opposed to the more naturalistic metaphysics of Aristotle. But it's very easy to point out why taking a solely Platonic view of creation does not work in light of the Christian revelation.
"The Heart of Jesus is closer to you when you suffer, than when you are full of joy." - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

"modern Catholics have tended to put too much faith in the pope and too little in the Church." - Bishop Williamson.

"And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell." - Mt. 10:28
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