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Is the Cross a Pagan Symbol? 70 PDF Books on DVDROM

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Life Symbols as related to Sex Symbolism, a brief study into the origin and significance of certain symbols which have been found in all civilisations, such as the cross, the circle, the serpent, the triangle, the tree of life, the swastika, and other solar emblems by Elisabeth Goldsmith

The Image of the Cross and lights on the altar in the Christian church and in heathen temples before the Christian era 1879

The Cross and the Serpent by William Haslam 1849

History of the Cross of Christ by William R Alger 1858

Our Sun-God - Christianity Before Christ by John Denham Parsons 1895

Christianity before Christ by Charles John Stone 1885

Frazer's Theory of the Crucifixion, article in The Fortnightly Review 1901

The Cross Ancient and Modern by Willson W Blake 1888

Holy Cross - a history of the invention, preservation, and disappearance of the wood known as the True Cross by William C Prime 1877

Phallism - with an account of ancient & modern Crosses particularly of the Crux Ansata, or handled cross, and other symbols connected with the mysteries of sex worship by Hargrave Jennings 1892

Sex Worship - an exposition of the phallic origin of Religion by Sanger Brown 1897

Rivers of Life - Sources and Streams of the faiths of man in all lands, showing the evolution of faiths from the Rudest Symbolisms to the latest spiritual developments by JGR Forlong 1883

Mysteries of the Rosie Cross 1891

The Worship of the Dead - The Origin and Nature of Pagan Idolatry and its Bearing upon the early History of Egypt and Babylonia by Col. J Garnier 1909

Phallic Objects - Rise and Development of the Phallic Idea 1889

The Rosicrucian Cosmo-conception - Mystic Christianity by Max Heindel 1911

The Cross and the Steeple - Their Origin and Significance by Hudson Tuttle 1875

Phallicism - celestial and terrestrial, heathen and Christian, its connexion with the Rosicrucians and the Gnostics and its foundation in Buddhism, with an essay on mystic anatomy by Hargrave Jennings 1884

The Cross in Tradition, History and Art by William Wood Seymour 1898

Handbook of Christian Symbolism by W Audsley 1865

Pagan Origin of Partialist Doctrines by John Claudius Pitrat - 1871

History of the Celtic Language (deals at length with the Cross) by Lachlan Maclean 1840 ("To trace the emblem of the cross no farther back than St Andrew, or even the crucifixion, is a glaring error.")

The Diegesis - being a discovery of the origin, evidences and early history of Christianity, never yet before or elsewhere so fully and faithfully set forth by Robert Taylor 1834

The Ethnic Trinities and their relations to the Christian by Leonard Levi 1901 ("It may be a surprise to some of my readers to be told that this symbol of the cross is as old as history itself. Indeed, its origin is hidden in prehistoric times. The Greek or Maltese cross, with its four arms of equal length, which is worn by Roman Popes on the breast, appears on the breasts of Assyrian kings nine or ten centuries before the birth of Christ")

Phallic Symbolism by Lee Alexander Stone MD 1920

A reply to: Jehovah's Witnesses and the Symbol of the Cross.
Sample: Are JW's using partial quotes? And do Greek Lexicons and dictionaries agree more with Mark's point of  view? Let us take a look. "The Tau was the basis for what is now called the "cross" taken from the Latin "crux".
"The shape of the [two-beamed cross] had its origin in ancient Chaldea, and was used as the symbol of the god  Tammuz (being in the shape of the mystic Tau, the initial of his name) in that country and in adjacent lands,  including Egypt. By the middle of the 3rd cent. A.D. the churches had either departed from, or had travestied, certain doctrines of the Christian faith. In order to increase the prestige of the apostate ecclesiastical system  pagans were received into the churches apart from regeneration by faith, and were permitted largely to retain  their pagan signs and symbols. Hence the Tau or T, in its most frequent form, with the cross-piece lowered,  was adopted to stand for the cross of Christ."—An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words (London, 1962), W. E. Vine, p. 256. What is this? The Cross used among ancient pagan? Is there more?..... (in searchable .pdf format)

The Natural Genesis or Second Part of a Book of the Beginnings by Gerald Massey 1883
The value of the cross as a Christian symbol is supposed to date from the time when Jesus Christ was crucified. And yet in the "Christian" iconography of the catacombs no figure of a man appears upon the Cross during the first six or seven centuries. There are all forms of the cross except that — the alleged starting-point of the new religion. That was not the initial but the final form of the Crucifix. During some six centuries after the Christian era the foundation of the Christian religion in a crucified Redeemer is entirely absent from Christian art."

Faith of Abraham and of Christ by Henry Dana Ward 1872
"The Scripture sense of the word stauros for the cross of Christ, is in the concrete a pale, a strong stake, a wooden

Irish Druids and old Irish Religions by James Bonwick 1894
"The Spaniards saw the Indians bowing to the cross in worship. It has been found on the breasts of statuettes from the Indian cemetery of Jingalpa, Nicaragua, of unknown antiquity. Tablets of gypsum, in Mexico, bore it in the form of that cross adopted by the Knights in Malta. The Peruvians and Babylonians had the Maltese cross. The Druids were said to have made their cross of the stem and two branches of the oak."

The Evolution of Man: His Religious Systems and Social Ethics by William Hardwicke 1899
"Notwithstanding the destruction of MS. which might be considered detrimental to their religion by the Christian fathers, the following admission from the holy father Minucius Felix in 211 c.e. has, by some oversight, been preserved. He says, in a retort to a Pagan opponent: 'We neither adore crosses nor desire them; ye Pagans it is who adore wooden crosses for what else are your ensigns, flags...'"

Is Christianity a failure? by Fred Eddy 1922
"The symbol of Phallic worship, the cross, has become the emblem of Christianity. We find the cross in India Egypt, Thibet, Japan, always as the sign of life giving power; it was worn as an amulet by girls and women, and seems to have been especially worn by the women attached to the temples (sacred prostitutes,) as a symbol of what was, to them a religious calling."

The Non-Christian Cross-An Enquiry into the Origin and History of the Symbol Eventually Adopted as that of our Religion, by John Denham Parsons, 1896 (scanned in .pdf format...also an additional searchable pdf)

The cross, heathen and Christian : a fragmentary notice of its early pagan existence and subsequent Christian adoption (1879) Mourant Brock

The Paganism in Our Christianity by Arthur Weigall

The Cross of Christ - studies in the history of religion and the inner life of the church by Otto Zoeckler 1877 (searchable pdf)

The Mythical Interpretation of the Gospels by Thomas James Thorburn

The Mystery by James Johnstone 1858 (has Scripture index)
"Now the Scriptures teach us that xulon means a dead tree without branches, whereas a cross has artificial branches, therefore it is impossible that Christ could have been put to death on a cross. Third, the Scriptures tell us that Christ was put to death on stauros, a stake. Now a stake is a dead tree deprived of its branches, hence the two independent words which the Scriptures apply to the instrument on which Christ was put to death, stauros, a stake, or tree without branches, and xulon, a tree without branches, support and corroborate one another in proving that it was not a cross on which Christ died."

The Christ Myth by Arthur Drews 1910 (searchable pdf)
"In the whole of Christendom it passes as a settled matter that Jesus "died upon the cross"; but this has the shape, as it is usually represented among painters, of the so-called Latin cross, in which the horizontal cross-piece is shorter than the vertical beam. On what then does the opinion rest that the cross is the gibbet? The Evangelists themselves give us no information on this point. The Jews described the instrument which they made use of in executions by the expression "wood" or "tree." Under this description it often occurs in the Greek translation of the Old Testament, in which the gibbet is rendered by xulon, the same expression being also found in the Gospels. Usually, however, the gibbet is described as staurös (i.e., stake), so much so that stauros and xulon pass for synonyms."

Ancient Pagan And Modern Christian Symbolism by Thomas Inman 1922 (searchable PDF)

The Masculine Cross and Ancient Sex Worship by Sha Rocco (pseudonym of Abisha S. Hudson) 1874 (searchable pdf)

History of the Cross-The Pagan Origin and Idolatrous Adoption of the Worship of the Image by Henry Dana Ward (1871)

The Two Babylons or The Papal Worship Proved to be the Worship of Nimrod and His Wife By the Late Rev. Alexander Hislop 1903

The 2 Babylons Dictionary in searchable .pdf format

CRIMES OF CHRISTIANITY BY G. W. FOOTE AND J. M. WHEELER 1887. (in searchable .pdf format)

The Swastika - The Earliest Known Symbol and its Migrations by Thomas Wilson 1894 (searchable PDF)

Kersey Graves and The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors (.txt and .pdf format)

The Mysteries, Pagan and Christian 1897 by Samuel Cheetham

The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism By Franz Cumont 1911

Paganism and Christianity (1891) James Anson Farrer

Paganism Surviving in Christianity by Abram Lewis 1892

Isis and Osiris - The Origin of Christianity by John Stuart Glennie 1878

An Introduction to the Science of Comparative Mythology and Folklore by George Cox 1883 (searchable PDF)

Paganism and Christianity in Egypt 1913

A New Testament Commentary for English Readers by CJ Ellicott 1897 (Searchable PDF)
"A sharp-pointed stake of this kind was often used as a means of torture in the punishment known as impaling. and the two Greek words for "impaling" and "crucifying" were indeed almost interchangeable...It is significant that men like Celsus and Lucian, writing against the faith of Christians, used the term "stake" instead of "cross," as more ignominious, and spoke of Jesus as having been 'impaled.'"

Symbolism of the Pre-Christian Cross in The Methodist Review 1876 (searchable PDF)

On the Pre-Christian Cross in The Gentleman's Magazine 1863

Lectures on the Pentateuch and the Moabite stone by John Colenso
(Has an Appendix on the Pre-Christian Cross) 1873

Memorial Art, Ancient and Modern By Harry Augustus Bliss 1912

Imperial Bible Dictionary 1866 Volume 1
"CROSS, CRUCIFY. The Greek word for cross,...properly signified a stake, an upright pole, or piece of paling, on which anything might be hung, or which might be used in impaling a piece of ground. But a modification was introduced as the dominion and usages of Rome extended themselves through Greek-speaking countries. Even amongst the Romans the crux (from which our cross is derived) appears to have been originally an upright pole, and this always remained the more prominent part. Rut from the time that it began to beused as an instrument of punishment, a transverse piece of wood was commonly added & not, however, always even then."

The Masculine Cross, or, A History of Ancient and Modern Crosses, and their Connection with the Mysteries of Sex Worship, also an account of the Kindred Phases of Phallic Faiths and Practices by 1904

Sex and Sex Worship- Phallic Worship by Otto Augustus Wall 1919

Sex worship - an Exposition of the Phallic Origin of religion by Clifford Howard 1909

Ancient Symbol Worship, Influence of the Phallic Idea in the Religions of Antiquity by MW Hodder 1874

The Swastika by Edward Butts 1908 (searchable pdf)

Tammuz, Pan and Christ by Wilfred Schoff 1912

Pagan Christs - Studies in Comparative Hierology 1911 by John M Robertson

Holy Cross - a History of the Invention, Preservation, and Disappearance of the Wood known as the True Cross by William Prime 1877 (searchable PDF)

Christianity and Mythology by John M Robertson 1910

The Great Law: A Study of Religious Origins and of the Unity Underlying Them By W. Williamson ("But the age of the cross-symbol is not to be measured by the date of its adoption by the early Christians. Hundreds—nay thousands— of years before, it was a sacred emblem in Egypt and in India.")

The Key to the Universe (the Spiritual Interpretation of Numbers and Symbols) By Harriette Augusta Curtiss 1917

Symbolism of the East and West by Mrs Murray-Aynsley 1900

Christ Lore - the Legends, Traditions, Myths, Symbols, Customs & Superstitions of the Christian church by FW Hackwood 1902

The Papal System from its Origin to the Present Time. A Historical Sketch of every Doctrine, Claim and Practice of the Church of Rome by William Cathcary 1872

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  1. "The popular idea of Christianity is that it is wholly distinct from the religious systems of the pagan world, which preceded or were its contemporaries. That its rites, dogmas, and observances were instituted by its founders, and without a special divine inspiration it could not have sprung into existence. Yet the researches of modern criticism incontrovertibly prove that so far is this from the truth, that it is the direct reverse. There is not a fast or festival, procession or sacrament, social custom or religious symbol, that did not come bodily from the previous paganism. Of all the great religions, Christianity is most purely phallic, as is distinctly shown by comparing its doctrines and symbols with more ancient faiths." ~ The Cross and the Steeple by Hudson Tuttle