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I was to thank Donald Weiser, who said the books would lose the company money, but it was an important book so it should be published. I don't think you would get that kind of decision now.

Mithras is the God who has the longest history of human worship. In this book I concentrate on Mithras and his Mystery Cult in the Roman Empire. I specifically say that the Hindu Mitra and Iranian Mithra are versions of the same God. Academics disagree, saying they are separate because there are variations between the forms of worship even though the central principles of the God are basically unchanged.

So, what about Christ? He is wholly a deity with only seeming human likeness, he is wholly God and wholly man (or Man), he is flesh and soul or flesh and soul and spirit, he is an enlightened teacher, he is a revolutionary. He is also a boy and a man, clean shaven and bearded, a brown-haired Caucasian, a blond Aryan, brown-skinned Arab, and African. And let's not forget, he also never existed. Yet these monophysite, Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Esoteric, Quaker, Marxist, early iconography, Byzantine Iconography, Western, Nazi, Academic revisionist, African, and Mythologist views are all views of the same deity.

I do not believe academics who try to sell me the brochures of their privileges committees. And in this book I try to look past the assumptions which are common to academia to this day.

For example, I point out there is a moral unity to the degrees of the Mithrasian religion. Each of them has 3 items which parallel each other. Academics treat the degrees as just existing - universally. They don't note that every reference to the seven degrees is south of the Alps. And other differences exist which indicate a kind of 'Protestant' and 'Catholic' geography to the religion.

In other words, north of the Alps one style appears everywhere, south of the Alps a different style appears. That they are such distinct areas indicates, as I say, areas of theological difference. If a movement can have such consistent internal divisions, the differences must be deep. In other words, the Mithrasian religion was one with a deep theology. Virtually the whole of that was lost in the fourth and fifth centuries when Christianity suppressed the Mithrasian religion by destroying its temples and killing its members. Like when it hacked the temple's murals with axes, murdered the priest and chained him to the altar.

This is the religion I try to recover in this book, and if I do better than most recreationists, it's because I ask what they thought rather than ask what I want to be known for.