More Than Christian
The Mysteries are by definition Sacred. And in my opinion, there should be MUCH more to say about non-/pre-Christian mystery schools than is said on this page. For example, the book The Secret Teaching of All Ages by Manly P. Hall is a good reference. Unfortunately, i am not an expert on the subject, hence i cannot add to the pre-Christian section.
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In the pre-Christian section, I removed the specific references to Mithraism, which has an extensive article of its own, as I felt it unbalanced the piece. Robina Fox 15:04, 6 October 2006 (UTC)
Hindu Milk-Drinking Idol?
Although I've cleaned up the section entitled, Hindu Milk-Drinking Idol, made it more NPOV, and moved it to the end to preserve a chronological arrangement of the article, I really question why it was added to this article in the first place. Do Hindus use the term "Sacred Mystery" in referring to this? MishaPan 22:32, 22 April 2007 (UTC)
--Sophroniscus 22:44, 12 October 2007 (UTC)
Christianity may claim the trademark or copyright on "sacred mysteries" but the words already have a meaning, and it stems from the language and culture of the ancient Greek secret societies. Without mention of these, the article has no foundation. The article probably needs a middle section explaining how Christianity adapted the terms and the practices. I recall reading a description of an early-AD Christian initiation rite--or maybe I heard this from a Catholic lay-worker in the "De Colores" movement--where the initiate was blindfolded and suddenly exposed to a throng of new comrades in a brightly lit room, symbolizing rebirth, perhaps, but certainly the notion of being introduced to sacred (literally, "set apart") social processes not accessible to the average person. They certainly enacted that surprise party aspect in the De Colores retreat I attended in 1980 or so.Chrisrushlau (talk) 19:05, 2 January 2012 (UTC)
the definition is also completely mistaken. "Mystery" doesn't have anything to do with "supernatural phenomena". It has everything to do with secrecy. This should disambiguate between mystery religion and sacrament/Disciplina arcani. These are the two meanings of "sacred mysteries":
- in antiquity, the religious cults that were kept secret from non-initiates
- in Christian mysticism, the notion that there are certain "secret" aspects to the meaning of the sacraments. I.e. mysterium fidei, mystery of the rosary, mystery of the cross, etc. --dab (𒁳) 14:00, 22 June 2009 (UTC)
Disambiguation of "Mysterium"
If this page covers religions other than Christianity (albeit currently only in pre-Christianity form), is it worth adding a brief note about similarities in other religions, such as Scientology, which prohibits believers from learning about things like Xenu until they've
paid enough gained enough EXP attained the OT3 level? It seems a somewhat similar concept. Xmoogle (talk) 20:53, 18 March 2012 (UTC)