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  • And it all fits perfectly with their fascination for goddess iconology, paganism, feminine deities, and contempt for the Church.
  • "Pagans" were literally unindoctrinated country-folk who clung to the old, rural religions of Nature worship.
  • Tonight’s lecture—a slide show about pagan symbolism hidden in the stones of Chartres Cathedral—had probably ruffled some conservative feathers in the audience.
  • Primarily, the pentacle is a pagan religious symbol.
  • Many of us celebrate nature the way the pagans did, and don’t even know it.
  • Nowadays, the term pagan had become almost synonymous with devil worship—a gross misconception.
  • Tourists, scientists, historians, and pagans from around the world came to Saint-Sulpice to gaze upon this famous line.
  • Langdon had even given a lecture once at the National Gallery in London entitled: "The Secret Life of Leonardo: Pagan Symbolism in Christian Art."
  • Her grandfather knew more about pagan iconography than anyone else on earth.
  • God’s hand is evident in Nature, and even to this day there exist pagan, Mother Earth-revering religions.
  • It was a gnomon, Silas had been told, a pagan astronomical device like a sundial.
  • It was an ancient sundial of sorts, a vestige of the pagan temple that had once stood on this very spot.
  • You’re telling me this group is a pagan goddess worship cult?
  • More like the pagan goddess worship cult.
  • The Da Vinci she had grabbed, much like the Mona Lisa, was notorious among art historians for its plethora of hidden pagan symbolism.
  • Their brutal crusade to "reeducate" the pagan and feminine-worshipping religions spanned three centuries, employing methods as inspired as they were horrific.
  • A secret pagan cult?
  • I assumed he’d heard I would be lecturing on the pagan iconography of French cathedrals, was interested in the topic, and thought it would be fun to meet for drinks after the talk.
  • In the battle between the pagan symbols and Christian symbols, the pagans lost; Poseidon’s trident became the devil’s pitchfork, the wise crone’s pointed hat became the symbol of a witch, and Venus’s pentacle became a sign of the devil.
  • As part of the Vatican’s campaign to eradicate pagan religions and convert the masses to Christianity, the Church launched a smear campaign against the pagan gods and goddesses, recasting their divine symbols as evil.
  • As part of the Vatican’s campaign to eradicate pagan religions and convert the masses to Christianity, the Church launched a smear campaign against the pagan gods and goddesses, recasting their divine symbols as evil.
  • In the battle between the pagan symbols and Christian symbols, the pagans lost; Poseidon’s trident became the devil’s pitchfork, the wise crone’s pointed hat became the symbol of a witch, and Venus’s pentacle became a sign of the devil.
  • The Priory believes that Constantine and his male successors successfully converted the world from matriarchal paganism to patriarchal Christianity by waging a campaign of propaganda that demonized the sacred feminine, obliterating the goddess from modern religion forever.
  • Christians and pagans began warring, and the conflict grew to such proportions that it threatened to rend Rome in two.
  • Historians still marvel at the brilliance with which Constantine converted the sun-worshipping pagans to Christianity.
  • Even Christianity’s weekly holy day was stolen from the pagans.
  • The Bible, as we know it today, was collated by the pagan Roman emperor Constantine the Great.
  • He was a lifelong pagan who was baptized on his deathbed, too weak to protest.
  • Why would a pagan emperor choose Christianity as the official religion?
  • The vestiges of pagan religion in Christian symbology are undeniable.
  • When Christianity came along, the old pagan religions did not die easily.
  • Most of Disney’s hidden messages dealt with religion, pagan myth, and stories of the subjugated goddess.
  • To this day, most churchgoers attend services on Sunday morning with no idea that they are there on account of the pagan sun god’s weekly tribute—Sunday.
  • By fusing pagan symbols, dates, and rituals into the growing Christian tradition, he created a kind of hybrid religion that was acceptable to both parties.
  • "Originally," Langdon said, "Christianity honored the Jewish Sabbath of Saturday, but Constantine shifted it to coincide with the pagan’s veneration day of the sun."
  • This not only precluded further pagan challenges to Christianity, but now the followers of Christ were able to redeem themselves only via the established sacred channel—the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Although Langdon suspected this was more of a cartoonist’s sophomoric prank than any kind of enlightened allusion to pagan human sexuality, he had learned not to underestimate Disney’s grasp of symbolism.
  • The roots of iambic pentameter were deeply pagan.
  • Specifically, the Church accused the Templars of secretly performing rituals in which they prayed to a carved stone headů the pagan god—
  • Langdon quickly explained to Sophie that Baphomet was a pagan fertility god associated with the creative force of reproduction.
  • Traditional American Thanksgiving tables still bore pagan, horned fertility symbols.
  • On the back, Collet found notations scrawled in English, describing a cathedral’s long hollow nave as a secret pagan tribute to a woman’s womb.
  • The architecture is pagan to the core.
  • The circular room seemed custom-built for such a pagan rite.
  • The boxy annex jutting out to the right was an unfortunate eyesore, although it did little to shroud the original pagan shape of the primary structure.
  • If you and I could dig up documentation that contradicted the holy stories of Islamic belief, Judaic belief, Buddhist belief, pagan belief, should we do that?
  • Pantheonically pagan!
  • Built by the Knights Templar in 1446, the chapel is engraved with a mind-boggling array of symbols from the Jewish, Christian, Egyptian, Masonic, and pagan traditions.
  • Pagan?
  • A word of five letters, Langdon thought, pondering the staggering number of ancient words that might be considered words of wisdom—selections from mystic chants, astrological prophecies, secret society inductions, Wicca incantations, Egyptian magic spells, pagan mantras—the list was endless.
  • And virtually all the elements of the Catholic ritual—the miter, the altar, the doxology, and communion, the act of "God-eating"—were taken directly from earlier pagan mystery religions."
  • Knights who claimed to be "searching for the chalice" were speaking in code as a way to protect themselves from a Church that had subjugated women, banished the Goddess, burned nonbelievers, and forbidden the pagan reverence for the sacred feminine."

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  • an ancient pagan ritual
  • The fate of pious pagans, such as Socrates and Plato, also puzzled some Christians...
    Dictionary of the History of Ideas  --  http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/cgi-local/DHI/dhi.cgi?id=dv1-50(retrieved 05/20/06)

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