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Unformatted text preview: I pledge that I did not receive any unauthorized help on this paper, and that it is the sole creation of my own mind. 1 Index Page 3. Introduction to Apuleius and Christianity Page 4.Parallels Between Isis and God Page 5Parallels Continued Page 6...Theories of Relation Page 7Theories of Relation Cont. 2 CLAS 258 Dr. Riess 19 April 2007 The Golden Ass: Book 11 and the Christians Born in 124 AD and living through the mid 2 nd century, it is likely that Apuleius knew and associated with Christians. Assuming this is true, it is probable that he also knew the beliefs and teachings of the Christian religion. Using this knowledge, along with his knowledge of the cult of Isis, Apuleius could have written Book XI of his milesian novel, The Golden Ass, as his thoughts and response to the rising of Christianity. Furthermore, the seriousness of Lucious in Book XI compared to his demeanor throughout the rest of the novel suggests that Apuleius did not mean for it (Book XI) to be serious at all. Instead, it may be a mockery or reaction to the changes he observed in those converting to Christianity. Being an evangelistic religion, Christianity directs its members to seek out those unsaved in the eyes of their God and show them the path to salvation. Salvation can only be reached through the acceptance and worship of Jesus Christ, Son of God, and the belief that He died on the cross to save their sins. The prize for salvation in the Christian religion is eternal life in Heaven, instead of hell. There are many similarities between the cult of Isis, as described in The Golden Ass, and the beliefs of the early Christians. First, both demand the servitude of their followers. Isis demanded that Lucius be her servant, in order to gain her favor, thus prolonging his life. The Christian God similarly demanded His worship and servitude in order to gain entrance to Heaven and find salvation. From the Jewish sacred text come the Ten Commandments, two of which 3 demand sole worship of the Christian God....
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