Humility and Poverty Jesus taught his followers to practice humility and poverty. When he sent out the Apostles to announce the arrival of the kingdom, he ordered them not to take a bag with their belongings nor a second set of clothes. In so doing the Christian preachers would be indistinguishable from pagan preachers doing … Continue reading Chapter 6
Plato and Christianity Who Was Imitating Whom? Given the kind of Pagan religious world with its centuries of tradition into which early Christianity descended, it is hardly surprising that intellectuals who had gone through various stages of initiation into Pagan religions, saw Christianity not only as a copy of their ancient religion but a poor … Continue reading CHAPTER 5
CHAPTER 4 The Scapegoat Syndrome The ancient Greeks had a custom in which an individual was chosen, how we don’t know, to take on the sins of the people. This was a religious ceremony. After being prepared for sacrifice by special treatment, including a special diet, he was expelled from the city or put to … Continue reading CHAPTER 4
A warning We have arrived at a rather pivotal moment in our story, so before we move on I want to preface this chapter with some comments. If you are feeling relatively at ease with what you have read so far, then these remarks are probably not for you. If, on the other hand you … Continue reading PREFACE TO CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 2 What or Who are Pagans? It is time to look in greater detail at the pagan mystery religions. If, like me, you find words fascinating, there is one word which begs for definition, the word ‘Pagan.’ What does it mean? Off I go to my infallible guide The Concise Oxford Dictionary (COD.) Pagan … Continue reading Pagan Religion
Who the Heck is Brian Passman ? I was ordained in Middlesbrough Catholic Cathedral on June 11th 1960 Fr David Hines Bishop George Brunner Fr Brian Passman The Cathedral Church of Our Lady Of Perpetual Succour … Continue reading FOREWORD
Celebrating a youth Mass in my first parish. The congregation are all off to the left. Note the damage to the wall opposite due to the recent earth tremor. LET’S START WORK If you have read the Foreword you have all the information about me you need to get started. If you haven't may suggest … Continue reading CHAPTER 1
FOREWORD Who the Heck is Brian Passman I was ordained in Middlesbrough Catholic Cathedral on June 11th 1960. I left the seminary with a profound desire to serve the Christian community in a life of simplicity. That was easy to achieve on an annual salary of £60. My transport was a rickety wreck of a … Continue reading Your next question might be who or what are Rational Christians? and who the heck is Brian Passman? The Foreword answers both of them. Sign in below and I will send it to you free of charge.