Recently I had the opportunity to speak with some other spiritual and metaphysical authors. The majority spoke of Metaphysics from a New Age, New Thought and Unitarian perspective. At some point I said “Well Metaphysics is pagan, and not based on Abrahamic doctrine” which to some degree all of these spiritual paths hold a connection to. ..uh oh.. did I start something!!
Thankfully most of the people, ok, there were about 14 people in this conversation and only 2 seemed offended by my comment. Others looked confused and question my claim. Others were curious and asked what I meant. So I began to explain.
While we associate the writings of Metaphysics with Aristotle, he didn’t create the concept nor was he the only one writing about it. You can read more about this in my book Pagan Metaphysics 101. But the early cultures around the globe were all pagan. Which seems to have come as a surprise to some people. They actually believed the society that gave us the Great Greek Philosophers were following early Christian teachings.
It was hard letting them down and putting a few facts into their assumptions, but it had to be done. Pythagoras established the Pythagoras Brotherhood (a philosophical society that discussed life, the universe, morals and much more.) in 530B.C. That would be 30years before the completed Hebrew Manuscripts. And Pythagoras is said to have created this Brotherhood late in his life, about the time he was 50 years old. So presumably the concepts within metaphysics were part of his life and understanding long before he established the brotherhood. “Metaphysics” was coined in late 300’s B.C. by Aristotle. It wasn’t until 200 B.C. when the completion of the Septuagint Greek Manuscripts were completed. These manuscripts contain The 39 Old Testament Books AND 14 Apocrypha Books of the earliest version of the Torah. This happened nearly 100 years after Aristotle penned his writings. Say what?! Continue reading