The Apple Of God's Eye

July 9, 2009

What Is The Origin Of Steeples And Spires?

Filed under: Churches Of The World,Pagan Symbols — melchia @ 9:09 pm

Steeples and spires long predate Christianity. In fact, they go back to ancient pagan fertility rites. The male symbol of fertility was represented by the pagans as an upright stone, pillar, obelisk, or slender tower.

A church is not complete without its steeple or tower. It is the principal and consecratory feature of a religious building. But little is it realized that this important and distinguishing feature of church architecture is a relic of primitive pagan religion, and that its original function was to hallow the place in which their deity of procreation was worshiped.

Today we see a multitude of these phallic symbols prominently and widely displayed in towns and cities around the world, towering above housetops in glorious, though unconscious symbolization of false gods, as a milleniums old representation of a phallic symbols.

According to Edward Carpenter, in the book “Pagan and Christian Creeds,” the lingam (a stylized phallic symbol) occurs all over the world.

Notice: “As to the lingam…representing the male organ, in some form or other–as upright stone or pillar or obelisk or slender round tower–it occurs all over the, world, notably in Ireland, and forms such a memorial of the adoration paid by early folk to the great emblem and instrument of human fertility, as cannot be mistaken…Above all, no doubt, there were images of the phallus and the vulva, the great symbols of human fertility” (from the website digital.library).

“The Biblical Cyclopaedia,” by McClintock and Strong, says: “… the spires of churches are symbols retained from the old phallic worship.” See article “Phallus,”  Vol. VIII, p. 55.

Thomas Inman, in his book “Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism,” states that ancient fertility rites and phallic worship resulted in the setting up of various architectural structures such “as we now see towers or spires before our churches, and minarets before mosques” (p. XXII).

The Encyclopædia Britannica states this of the spire: “[it is] a symbol of the heavenly aspirations of pious medieval men” (1979). The earliest of man’s “heavenly aspirations” is recorded in Ge. 11:4: “And they said, Go to, let us build a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven…” Speaking of the steeples, spires and other forms of idolatrous high places, God expressed to Israel His contempt for such structures in Lev. 26:30: “And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcasses upon the carcasses of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.”

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