Epicurean Similarities With Early Christianity
— Personalized letters (Epistles) were the primary form of literary dissemination.
— "FAITH" (as ΠIΣTIΣ or pístis) served a key role (also "confidence", "conviction", "guarantee", "pledge", "assurance")
— The founder was called "SAVIOR" (as ΣΩTHP or sōtēr) and honored as a universal "Savior of Humanity".
— Followers venerated the founder as a deity.
— A core set of beliefs was prescribed by the founder as dogma (ΔOΓMA).
— Uniquely included women as equals and leaders of the early community.
— General cautioning against participating in State politics
— Suspicion of wealth and fame as reliable sources of happiness.
— Recognition that a simple life is all that is required to enjoy the fullness of a good life.
— Acknowledgement that a beloved friend is worth sacrificing oneself for.
— Prayer was employed as an effective practice
— Jesus is called "kathegetes" in Matthew 23:10, the same noun used to describe Epicurus' brothers' roles
— Epicurus, St. Paul, and Noah are described as KHPYX, a “herald" (or "preacher" in the King James Version)
— Incorrectly represented as "atheists" by philosophical and political opponents