The oldest monotheistic tradition is dying

January 18, 2010

January 18, 2010

Most everyone knows that just over three weeks ago Christians around the world marked the birth of Jesus of Nazareth thru the celebration of Christmas. What few people realize though is that the fountain from which the Christian tradition draws so many central ideas is slowly dying.

Centuries before the rise of Christianity, the prophet Zarathustra (originator of the oldest monotheistic religious tradition in the world, Zoroastrianism) taught his followers about notions that ring out most Sunday mornings in countless churches - angels, heaven & hell, divine judgement, resurrection, and a cosmic separation between good and evil. With an emphasis on good words, good thoughts, and good deeds it might be assumed that Zoroastrianism is alive and well, but nothing could be further from the truth. Estimates place the number of believer/practitioners at less than 200,000 worldwide, and with a stance against proselytizing or the encouragement of believer conversion that number is shrinking with each generation.

I encourage you to give a listen to this recent NPR discussion of the ancient theology that helped shaped the world.

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