This is a work about influences and what "influences" means. Following an analysis of this elusive concept, A. L. Herman presents compelling evidence that the following hypothesis is testable, defendable, and probably true: that the Indus Valley religion with its Savior-God, Siva (2500-1800 B.C.E.), significantly influenced a Greek religion with its Savior-God, Jesus of Nazareth (50-300 C.E.), such that it can be meaningfully claimed that the religion of the Indus Valley civilization probably influenced early Christianity.
Table of Contents:
- Chapter One: Influences and Influencing
- Chapter Two: Religions as Games
- Chapter Three: The Harappan Religious Game
- Chapter Four: The Dionysian Religious Game
- Chapter Five: The Chirstian Religious Game
- Chapter Six: Influences, Questions, and Problems
- Tables and Figures
- Appendix A: Indus Valley (Mohenjodaro) adn Modern Materials
- Appendix B: Greek Dionysian Materials
- Appendix C: Christian Materials
About the Author:
Prof. A.L. Herman was educated at Stanford University, Harvard University, and the University of Minnesota. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He is the author of numerous articles and books.