Jesusneverexited.com describes Mithraism: "Eclipsed as it was in later centuries by the faith of Christ, Mithraism – or rather, its Romanised form Sol Invictus - was the first ‘universal religion’ of the Greco-Roman world. Mithraism waged – and lost – a three-hundred year battle with the upstart religion of Christ, into which much of its ritual, and many of its practi- tioners, were subsumed. Fatally, Mithraism had excluded women entirely, causing well-heeled Roman matrons with a pious frame of mind to explore first Judaism, and then Christianity. Also, unlike Christianity, Mithraism made no special overtures towards the uneducated, downtrodden and marginal elements of society. Rather like an early day freemasonry, Mithraism was a religion chosen by the accomplished and the socially ambitious. No wonder Christianity saw Mithraism as an implacable foe and sought to eradicate every trace – the Mysteries of Mithras was disturbingly similar to the cult of Christ." The similarities between Christianity and Mithraism are undeniable. Did Christianity borrow ideas from other belief systems to persuade followers, or, does it represent a sinister subversion of early Church? It's an insightful half hour video into early Christianity!