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Can you tell me if this is something I should be worried about? I haven’t been keeping track of all the little changes to colors, etc, but do I need to create a child theme? If so, can I simply make a copy of my entire theme folder in its current state and rename it parenttheme-child, then activate the “child theme” and make changes to the child theme folder’s css files from here on out? All I really want to do is ensure that any changes I’ve made and will continue to make end up staying there, even after doing necessary updates in the future!

It seems to me that there is a core of meanings associated with the hierosgamos that have persisted cross-culturally.  If anything, the symbolism became enriched by the addition of Christian doctrines, especially that of the Incarnation, which signified the union of human and divine.  I note too the fact that many alchemical texts like the Rosarium insist on the interrelatedness of body and spirit.  It would appear therefore that in seeking the ‘conjunction of opposites’ the alchemists were attempting to overturn the conventional conceptual dichotomization between spirit and body, and to offer in its place models that reflected their intuitions of ontological wholeness.  Therefore, when interpreting the hierosgamos theme in the context of the alchemical tradition we should keep in mind the fact that it is generally meant to include the body; it signifies not only idealiter but also realiter . [11] An adequate hermeneutics of alchemical iconography can do justice to the multivalence of the hierosgamos images in texts like the Rosarium only by seeking to encompass the totality of their symbolic meanings.

The one process identified by secularisation theorists that does seem inevitable in modern societies is the collapse of religious hegemonies, and the differentiation of secular spheres – the state, the economy, media and education – from the religious sphere. In medieval Christendom, the Christian church enjoyed an ideological monopoly and exercised significant institutional control over the state, the economy, welfare, law and education. However, the process of modernisation has effectively destroyed Christendom. Modernisation has entailed a dramatic shift from ideological uniformity to pluralism, and from institutional cohesion to differentiation. As Christendom became increasingly pluralistic in the wake of the Reformation, ecclesiastical monopolies were placed under considerable strain.[13]

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