Religious Syncretism Essay

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Religious syncretism is a blending of two or more religious beliefs or practices into a new system, or the merging into a new religious tradition of beliefs from different traditions. This can occur for many reasons, but happens quite frequently in areas where multiple religions exist nearby to each other and are active in the culture. When a culture is conquered, the conquerors bring their religious beliefs with them, but do not succeed in entirely wiping out the old beliefs or practices as they are too engrained. Certain religious followers see syncretism as a betrayal of their pure truth. They feel by adding an incompatible belief ruins and changes the original concept and practice of the original religion, thus rendering it no longer true.…show more content…
In fact, any modification to biblical law and principle for the sake of a “better” religion is heresy. The Bible even says that no one shall add any word to it. The Bible is complete as it stands. Syncretism, in this case, is the mixing of Christianity with something else, such that they become a different gospel. Syncretism is more common than we know and has happens for hundreds of years. When anything is added to the message of the gospel, the true message of Christ is changed and another gospel can be created that is actually not the gospel. Syncretism can be most easily seen when two or more contrasting religious elements are combined. Around the world, examples are readily available where Christ has been preached in places with long and various religious traditions. In many cases, pieces and parts of the traditional religion will remain while Christ is added to the mix .For example, many Baby Boomer seeking…show more content…
They worshiped Isis, an Egyptian Goddess, and also Mithra, an Iranian God, as well as the Greek Gods, and their own Roman Gods. The Romans took over the gods of peoples they conquered and established their festivals at Rome. Christianity draws heavily from Jewish culture, as Jesus was a Jew, but also bears the inspiration of the Roman Empire. A good example that Wikipedia gives is how the Romans included Greek, Anatolian, and East Mediterranean gods into their religion without adopting some of the cultish practices. The Egyptian goddess Isis, mother of the god Horus This image closely resembles the early Christian iconic art of Mary and Jesus, who, together with Astarte and other Near Eastern goddesses, influenced the rise of the Virgin Mary. The “sistrum”, a tinkling rattle that was shaken during ceremonies honoring the goddess, is the source of the bell that is rung at several points in a Roman Catholic mass. Another image that was adopted by Christianity was the Celtic High Cross, a pre-Christian symbol, which was later mixed and combined to form and symbolize the Christian crucifix. The High Celtic Cross is perhaps the best example of the link between pagan Celtic and Christian traditions and Armenian churches. The mixing of Christian traditions with these pagan, folk traditions resulted in religions such as Roman Catholicism, Irish Catholicism and Greek and Russian
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