Religion (Was Re: Music)

James Iwanek chthon at
Sun Jun 16 13:01:24 PDT 2002

200BC - thats nothing - paganism (no it has nothing to do with satinism - 
think tree-huggers ;-) ) has been around for much longer than that.


ps: sorry albert mailed this one to you aswell :-(

Albert Wagner wrote:

> On Friday 14 June 2002 02:35 pm, Tony Karakashian wrote:
>> >> The Essenes were not Christians. A lot of first century christian
>> >> thought did come from the Essenes.
>> That's still up for debate.  The early christians weren't really
>> christians
>> in any sense of the word, but it's a close enough approximation.  It's
>> obvious from their literature that there was some "linkage" between the
>> Essenes and early christians as they were big followers of the book of
>> revelations.
> The Essene community's start is accepted as around 200BC.  St. John of
> Patmos
> didn't write his book until about 70CE.  Also, people often confuse the
> Essenes, who were Jews with the Gnostics, who were Christian.  It would
> also be a mistake to assume that just because both Jews and early
> Christians utilized the same literary form, apocaplytic, that their ideas
> were in any way shared.
>> -T

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