The two babylons

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The Two Babylons, written by the Reverend Alexander Hislop was first published in 1916. The full title is The Two Babylons or The Papal Worship Proved to be the Worship of Nimrod and His Wife.


A sharp critique of common Roman Catholic practices and traditions, the book looks at the historical elements having similar appearance to those elements involved in various rites and positions held by the Church. The result claims to be a revealing of how non-scriptural practices were fused with the teachings of Christ. The work is complete with over 61 wood illustrations and liberal use of scholarly works dating from 1506 AD to 1858 including Milner's Church History (1712), Pontificale Romanum (1543, 1572), Justinus Martyr (1777), and Missale Romanum (1506, 1677).

The topics include:

Objects of Worship
  • Trinity in Unity
  • The Mother and Child
  • The Mother of the Child
Festivals
  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • The Nativity of St. John
  • The Feast of the Assumption
Doctrine and Discipline
  • Baptismal Regeneration
  • Justification by Works
  • The Sacrifice of the Mass
  • Extreme Unction
  • Purgatory and Prayers for the Dead
Rites and Ceremonies
  • Idol Processions
  • Relic Worship
  • The Clothing and Crowning of Images
  • The Rosary and the Worship of the Sacred Heart
  • Lamps and Wax-Candles
  • The Sign of the Cross
Religious Orders
  • The Sovereign Pontiff
  • Priests, Monks, and Nuns

In the United States it was published by the Loizeaux Brothers, Inc., a non-profit organization in 1949 and 1959. It was published again in 2007 by Standard Publications, Incorporated (ISBN 9781604244861).

The work has been completely discredited by painstaking historical research, and thoroughly rebutted and refuted by strongly evangelical former supporters who did follow-up research of their own.

See historical article ''The Two Babylons''

External link

Christian Research Institute Book Review. The Two Babylons: A Case Study in Poor Methodology. —review by Ralph Woodrow (equip.org) pdf