The Ancient Belief of the Divine Counterpart | Lifetime review


What if you discovered that you weren’t entirely yourself, but rather half of a whole – that you had a divine double? Early Christianity, especially texts associated with the Apostle Thomas, suggest that within each of us is a divine twin, or alter-ego, with whom we could encounter and dialogue.

Professor of early Christian thought, Charles Stang is director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University and author of “Our Divine Double”. Stang explains the common “divine twin” belief in early Christian texts and how it has survived in various forms through the centuries.

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Jonathan Bastian talks with Stang about divine pairing. Although the belief was later deemed heresy, Stang provides historical examples of men who may well have encountered their celestial alter egos, from Socrates to Neitzsche. Stang also explains why this belief still persists in a hidden way today, perhaps through a guardian angel or an alternate conception of self, explaining that divine pairing is “actually a pretty common human experience.”


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