Jesus Christ, Sun of God: Ancient Cosmology and Early Christian Symbolism by David Fideler
The ancient Christian symbolism depicting Jesus as the “Spiritual Sun” and the Logos did not arise out of a vacuum but drew on earlier Greek sources.
A groundbreaking study, Jesus Christ, Sun of God explores the cosmological symbolism present in early Christian thought, and documents the surprising pagan, scientific, and philosophical sources from which this symbolism originated.
“A superb marriage of daring spiritual metaphysics and careful, painstaking scholarship.” — Jacob Needleman, Professor of Philosophy, San Francisco State University; author of Lost Christianity and The Heart of Philosophy
“David Fideler has given us a book of enormous importance. As a culture we’ve lost the wisdom and imagination that a traditionally symbolic view of religion provides. We are left with moralism, platitude, and a disturbing hunger for spirit. This elegantly written book is full of images that can draw us deep into religion as such and give our very idea of Christianity much needed depth.” — Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul
“This book is a labyrinth of treasures. Scholarly, literate, fascinating, Fideler has offered us a Chinese wisdom book, based on his knowledge and intuition of the spaces that connect Pythagorean numbers to visual speculations of late Alexandrian mathematicians, philosophers, gnostics, and mystics. I am very grateful to have his lucid and handsomely made sourcebook.” — Willis Barnstone, Professor of Comparative Literature, Indiana University; editor of The Other Bible
“This book is the rarest of treasures: a combination of scholarly acumen and deep esoteric insight. It deserves to be read by anyone interested in Christian origins, sacred geometry, or the interface between science and religion.” — Gnosis Magazine
“David Fideler sheds new light into the cave where Plato’s historians of religion and students of intellectual history have been laboring with the shadows of the past. Jesus Christ, Sun of God propels us into an enquiry about the full function of astronomy, mathematics, and cosmology in ancient thought.” — Dr. E. C. Krupp, Director, the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles; author of Beyond the Blue Horizon: Myths and Legends of the Sun, Moon, Stars, and Planets