It is highly probable that he had been influenced by Mithraism.
It was manifestly prior both to Christianity and to Mithraism.
That Mithraism was at once Freemasonry and Buddhism is proved by its great spread.
Mithraism easily combined with the worship of Apollo, or the Sun-God.
And Mithraism itself regarded religion under the figure of a warfare.
One early variant or branch of Zoroastrianism, Mithraism, we have already named.
Manicheism, unlike Mithraism, was not to succumb, but merely to retreat before Christianity.
Mithraism was a greatly older religion than Christianity; but its genesis was similar.
The votary to Mithraism actually bathed in the blood of the sacrificial bull.
A more important fact was that Mithraism was a religion of redemption.