Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth

Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth
Author: John G. Jackson
Publsiher: WWW.Snowballpublishing.com
Total Pages: 44
Release: 2019-03-11
ISBN 10: 9781684117154
ISBN 13: 1684117151
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth Book Review:

In Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth, John G. Jackson sources the pagan origins of Christian doctrine with particular focus on the creation and atonement myths. Rooted in historical facts, Jackson's claims are steeped in research and demonstrate how Christianity synthesizes the rituals, beliefs, and characteristics of savior gods from ancient Egyptian, Greek, Aztec, and Hindu origins. This concise introduction remains an insightful contribution to comparative religion studies.

Unmasking the Pagan Christ

Unmasking the Pagan Christ
Author: Stanley E. Porter,Stephen J. Bedard
Publsiher: Clements Publishing Group
Total Pages: 172
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 1894667719
ISBN 13: 9781894667715
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Unmasking the Pagan Christ Book Review:

Rabbi or Messiah? Prophet or the Son of God? People have debated the identity of Jesus of Nazareth since the first century. But what if there was no Jesus? What if there was no Mary or Joseph, no twelve apostles? What if the story of Jesus was no more than a myth to convey spiritual truth? These claims have been around for hundreds of years and have become more prominent with well-known religion columnist Tom Harpur's recent book, The Pagan Christ. Harpur claims that Jesus was not a historical figure, but was one version of an ancient myth that can be traced from ancient Egyptian religion to the Roman mystery cults. Stanley Porter and Stephen Bedard tackle this radical claim by looking at the roots of the "pagan Christ idea," examining the supposed pagan parallels and presenting the evidence for the historical Jesus. The authors demonstrate that the suggestion of pagan origins for the Gospel story is not based on historical or textual evidence, but rather on a desire to create a universalistic spirituality revolving around a "Cosmic Christ" within each person. A fair examination of both the mythological and biblical texts reveal that the traditional understanding of an actual historical figure known as Jesus of Nazareth appearing two thousand years ago is indeed the only logical conclusion. Stanley E. Porter is President and Dean, and Professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Porter has M.A. degrees from Claremont Graduate School and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield. He has written widely on issues of concern in study of the New Testament, such as Jesus, Paul, the book of Acts, and John. He has a passion for education in the church, and preaches and teaches regularly. Stephen J. Bedard is the pastor of Woodford Baptist Church and First Baptist Church, Meaford, Ontario, Canada. He holds the M.Div. and M.Th. degrees from McMaster Divinity College, and is actively engaged in further graduate study. Bedard is an advocate of informed preaching and teaching, and is devoted to the ministry of the local church.

Christian Mythology

Christian Mythology
Author: Philippe Walter
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2014-11-20
ISBN 10: 1620553694
ISBN 13: 9781620553695
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Christian Mythology Book Review:

Reveals how Christian mythology has more to do with long-standing pagan traditions than the Bible • Explains how the church fathers knowingly incorporated pagan elements into the Christian faith to ease the transition to the new religion • Identifies pagan deities that were incorporated into each of the saints • Shows how all the major holidays in the Christian calendar are modeled on pagan rituals and myths, including Easter and Christmas In this extensive study of the Christian mythology that animated Europe in the Middle Ages, author Philippe Walter reveals how these stories and the holiday traditions connected with them are based on long-standing pagan rituals and myths and have very little connection to the Bible. The author explains how the church fathers knowingly incorporated pagan elements into the Christian faith to ease the transition to the new religion. Rather than tear down the pagan temples in Britain, Pope Gregory the Great advised Saint Augustine of Canterbury to add the pagan rituals into the mix of Christian practices and transform the pagan temples into churches. Instead of religious conversion, it was simply a matter of convincing the populace to include Jesus in their current religious practices. Providing extensive documentation, Walter shows which major calendar days of the Christian year are founded on pagan rituals and myths, including the high holidays of Easter and Christmas. Examining hagiographic accounts of the saints, he reveals the origin of these symbolic figures in the deities worshipped in pagan Europe for centuries. He also explores how the identities of saints and pagan figures became so intermingled that some saints were transformed into pagan incarnations, such as Mary Magdalene’s conversion into one of the Celtic Ladies of the Lake. In revealing the pagan roots of many Christian figures, stories, and rituals, Walter provides a new understanding of the evolution of religious belief.

The Pagan Christ

The Pagan Christ
Author: Tom Harpur
Publsiher: Dundurn.com
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2005-10-01
ISBN 10: 088762829X
ISBN 13: 9780887628290
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Pagan Christ Book Review:

After more than 52 weeks on the Toronto Star’s bestseller list and 43 weeks on The Globe and Mail’s bestseller list, Tom Harpur’s groundbreaking book, The Pagan Christ, is now available in paperback. This new edition includes the twenty-page discussion guide, with more than 100 questions, to help facilitate a deeper, chapter-by-chapter analysis and more profound understanding of the findings and arguments found in the book. Subjects for discussion include: the ancient Egyptian roots of Christianity, the real meaning of the Bible, the key to whether Jesus really existed, the re-mythologizing of Christianity, the meaning of the Christ within all of us and the need to understand myth and allegory. With a new introduction by Tom Harpur, this paperback edition sheds further light on what has become one of the most talked about books of the new millennium.

The Jesus Mysteries

The Jesus Mysteries
Author: Timothy Freke,Peter Gandy
Publsiher: Harmony
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2001-12-18
ISBN 10: 0676806570
ISBN 13: 9780676806571
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Jesus Mysteries Book Review:

Drawing on the cutting edge of modern scholarship, this astonishing book completely undermines the traditional history of Christianity that has been perpetuated for centuries by the Church and presents overwhelming evidence that the Jesus of the New Testament is a mythical figure. “Whether you conclude that this book is the most alarming heresy of the millennium or the mother of all revelations, The Jesus Mysteries deserves to be read.” —Fort Worth Star-Telegram Far from being eyewitness accounts, as is traditionally held, the Gospels are actually Jewish adaptations of ancient Pagan myths of the dying and resurrecting godman Osiris-Dionysus. The supernatural story of Jesus is not the history of a miraculous Messiah but a carefully crafted spiritual allegory designed to guide initiates on a journey of mystical discovery. A little more than a century ago, most people believed that the strange story of Adam and Eve was history; today it is understood to be a myth. Within a few decades, authors Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy argue, we will likewise be amazed that the fabulous story of God incarnate—who was born of a virgin, who turned water into wine, and who rose from the dead—could have been interpreted as anything but a profound parable.

Christianity Before Christ

Christianity Before Christ
Author: John Jackson
Publsiher: Echo Point Books & Media, LLC
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2020-12-22
ISBN 10: 9781635619263
ISBN 13: 1635619262
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Christianity Before Christ Book Review:

In Christianity Before Christ, comparative religion scholar John G Jackson explores ancient traditions from many societies, asserting that Christianity is the recasting of beliefs which are older and pervasive through many cultures.

Bible Myths and Their Parallels in Other Religions

Bible Myths and Their Parallels in Other Religions
Author: Thomas William Doane
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 589
Release: 1882
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: HARVARD:32044052931698
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Christ in Egypt

Christ in Egypt
Author: D. M. Murdock,Acharya S
Publsiher: Stellar House Publishing
Total Pages: 574
Release: 2008-12
ISBN 10: 0979963117
ISBN 13: 9780979963117
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Christ in Egypt Book Review:

This comparative religion book contains a startling perspective of the extraordinary history of the Egyptian religion and its profound influence upon the later Christian faith. The text demonstrates that the popular god Horus and Jesus possessed many characteristics and attributes in common.

The Truth About Jesus Is He a Myth

The Truth About Jesus   Is He a Myth
Author: M. M. Mangasarian
Publsiher: e-artnow
Total Pages: 126
Release: 2020-01-02
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: EAN:4064066051143
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Truth About Jesus Is He a Myth Book Review:

The following book offers a series of studies on the question of the historicity of Jesus, presented before the Independent Religious Society in Orchestra Hall. Contents: A Parable In Confidence Is Jesus a Myth? The Problem Stated The Christian Documents Virgin Births The Origin of the Cross The Silence of Profane Writers The Jesus Story a Religious Drama The Jesus of Paul Is Christianity Real? Is the World Indebted to Christianity? Christianity and Paganism Some Modern Opinions About Jesus. Another Rhetorical Jesus "We Owe Everything to Jesus" A Liberal Jew on Jesus From the Sunday Programs

The World s Sixteen Crucified Saviors

The World s Sixteen Crucified Saviors
Author: Kersey Graves
Publsiher: Cosimo Classics
Total Pages: 436
Release: 2016-03-10
ISBN 10: 1616409916
ISBN 13: 9781616409913
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The World s Sixteen Crucified Saviors Book Review:

Khrisna of India. Thammuz of Syria. Esus of the Celtic Druids. Mithra of Persia. Quexalcoati of Mexico. All were crucified gods, and all met their fates hundreds of years before Jesus appeared on the scene. In this foundational work of modern atheism, American spiritualist KERSEY GRAVES (1813-1883) breaks the Christ myth down into its component parts and ably demonstrates how the story of Jesus has its roots in the depths of antiquity. Here you'll read about the surprising prevalence throughout global folklore of: . the miraculous and immaculate conception of the gods . stars that point out the time and place of a savior's birth . angels, shepherds, and magi visiting an infant savior . the 25th of December as the universal birth date of gods . saviors who descend into Hell . and much more. This is essential reading for students of comparative mythology and modern freethinkers. Also available from Cosimo: Graves's The Biography of Satan and The Bible of Bible.

On the Historicity of Jesus

On the Historicity of Jesus
Author: Richard Carrier
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 712
Release: 2014-06-03
ISBN 10: 9781909697492
ISBN 13: 1909697494
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On the Historicity of Jesus Book Review:

The assumption that Jesus existed as a historical person has occasionally been questioned in the course of the last hundred years or so, but any doubts that have been raised have usually been put to rest in favor of imagining a blend of the historical, the mythical and the theological in the surviving records of Jesus. Carrier re-examines the whole question and finds compelling reasons to suspect the more daring assumption is correct. He lays out extensive research on the evidence for Jesus and the origins of Christianity and poses the key questions that must now be answered if the historicity of Jesus is to survive as a dominant paradigm. Carrier contrasts the most credible reconstruction of a historical Jesus with the most credible theory of Christian origins if a historical Jesus did not exist. Such a theory would posit that the Jesus figure was originally conceived of as a celestial being known only through private revelations and hidden messages in scripture; then stories placing this being in earth history were crafted to communicate the claims of the gospel allegorically; such stories eventually came to be believed or promoted in the struggle for control of the Christian churches that survived the tribulations of the first century. Carrier finds the latter theory more credible than has been previously imagined. He explains why it offers a better explanation for all the disparate evidence surviving from the first two centuries of the Christian era. He argues that we need a more careful and robust theory of cultural syncretism between Jewish theology and politics of the second-temple period and the most popular features of pagan religion and philosophy of the time. For anyone intent on defending a historical Jesus, this is the book to challenge.

The Darkening Age

The Darkening Age
Author: Catherine Nixey
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2018-04-17
ISBN 10: 0544800931
ISBN 13: 9780544800939
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Darkening Age Book Review:

A New York Times Notable Book of 2018 “Searingly passionate…Nixey writes up a storm. Each sentence is rich, textured, evocative, felt…[A] ballista-bolt of a book.” —New York Times Book Review In Harran, the locals refused to convert. They were dismembered, their limbs hung along the town’s main street. In Alexandria, zealots pulled the elderly philosopher-mathematician Hypatia from her chariot and flayed her to death with shards of broken pottery. Not long before, their fellow Christians had invaded the city’s greatest temple and razed it—smashing its world-famous statues and destroying all that was left of Alexandria’s Great Library. Today, we refer to Christianity’s conquest of the West as a “triumph.” But this victory entailed an orgy of destruction in which Jesus’s followers attacked and suppressed classical culture, helping to pitch Western civilization into a thousand-year-long decline. Just one percent of Latin literature would survive the purge; countless antiquities, artworks, and ancient traditions were lost forever. As Catherine Nixey reveals, evidence of early Christians’ campaign of terror has been hiding in plain sight: in the palimpsests and shattered statues proudly displayed in churches and museums the world over. In The Darkening Age, Nixey resurrects this lost history, offering a wrenching account of the rise of Christianity and its terrible cost.

The Historical Jesus and the Mythical Christ

The Historical Jesus and the Mythical Christ
Author: Gerald Massey
Publsiher: Book Tree
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2000
ISBN 10: 9781585090730
ISBN 13: 1585090735
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Historical Jesus and the Mythical Christ Book Review:

Massey was an Egyptologist who wrote a tremendous body of scholarly work. He concluded that much of Christianity and its belief structure was rooted in ancient Egyptian mythology. At first this sounds strange, but a large number of people have agreed, including some scholars and researchers in the field of religious studies. A different and compelling view of Christianity and its roots.

From Jesus to Christ

From Jesus to Christ
Author: Paula Fredriksen
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2008-10-01
ISBN 10: 0300164106
ISBN 13: 9780300164107
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Jesus to Christ Book Review:

"Magisterial. . . . A learned, brilliant and enjoyable study."—Géza Vermès, Times Literary Supplement In this exciting book, Paula Fredriksen explains the variety of New Testament images of Jesus by exploring the ways that the new Christian communities interpreted his mission and message in light of the delay of the Kingdom he had preached. This edition includes an introduction reviews the most recent scholarship on Jesus and its implications for both history and theology. "Brilliant and lucidly written, full of original and fascinating insights."—Reginald H. Fuller, Journal of the American Academy of Religion "This is a first-rate work of a first-rate historian."—James D. Tabor, Journal of Religion "Fredriksen confronts her documents—principally the writings of the New Testament—as an archaeologist would an especially rich complex site. With great care she distinguishes the literary images from historical fact. As she does so, she explains the images of Jesus in terms of the strategies and purposes of the writers Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John."—Thomas D’Evelyn, Christian Science Monitor

The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross

The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross
Author: John Allegro
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2009-10-31
ISBN 10: 9780982556269
ISBN 13: 0982556268
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Jesus Christ Sun of God

Jesus Christ  Sun of God
Author: David Fideler
Publsiher: Quest Books
Total Pages: 448
Release: 1993-10-01
ISBN 10: 9780835606967
ISBN 13: 0835606961
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jesus Christ Sun of God Book Review:

The early Christian Gnosis did not spring up in isolation, but drew upon earlier sources. In this book, many of these sources are revealed for the first time. Special emphasis is placed on the Hellenistic doctrine of the "Solar Logos" and the early Christian symbolism which depicted Christ as the Spiritual Sun, the illumination source of order, harmony, and spiritual insight. Based on 15 years of research, this is a unique book which throws a penetrating light on the secret traditions of early Christianity. It clearly demonstrates that number is at the heart of being. Jesus Christ, Sun of God, illustrates how the Christian symbolism of the Spiritual Sun is derived from numerical symbolism of the "ancient divinities."

The Origin of Satan

The Origin of Satan
Author: Elaine H. Pagels
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 214
Release: 1996
ISBN 10: 0679731180
ISBN 13: 9780679731184
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Origin of Satan Book Review:

A study of the role of the devil in biblical and modern times theorizes that dissident social gorups that resisted Christianity, such as pagans and Jews, were typically portrayed as demons and therefore established as threats. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.

The Christ Myth

The Christ Myth
Author: Arthur Drews
Publsiher: Litres
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2018-07-11
ISBN 10: 5040829744
ISBN 13: 9785040829743
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Pagan Christmas

Pagan Christmas
Author: Christian Rätsch,Claudia Müller-Ebeling
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2006-10-24
ISBN 10: 1594776601
ISBN 13: 9781594776601
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pagan Christmas Book Review:

An examination of the sacred botany and the pagan origins and rituals of Christmas • Analyzes the symbolism of the many plants associated with Christmas • Reveals the shamanic rituals that are at the heart of the Christmas celebration The day on which many commemorate the birth of Christ has its origins in pagan rituals that center on tree worship, agriculture, magic, and social exchange. But Christmas is no ordinary folk observance. It is an evolving feast that over the centuries has absorbed elements from cultures all over the world--practices that give plants and plant spirits pride of place. In fact, the symbolic use of plants at Christmas effectively transforms the modern-day living room into a place of shamanic ritual. Christian Rätsch and Claudia Müller-Ebeling show how the ancient meaning of the botanical elements of Christmas provides a unique view of the religion that existed in Europe before the introduction of Christianity. The fir tree was originally revered as the sacred World Tree in northern Europe. When the church was unable to drive the tree cult out of people’s consciousness, it incorporated the fir tree by dedicating it to the Christ child. Father Christmas in his red-and-white suit, who flies through the sky in a sleigh drawn by reindeer, has his mythological roots in the shamanic reindeer-herding tribes of arctic Europe and Siberia. These northern shamans used the hallucinogenic fly agaric mushroom, which is red and white, to make their soul flights to the other world. Apples, which figure heavily in Christmas baking, are symbols of the sun god Apollo, so they find a natural place at winter solstice celebrations of the return of the sun. In fact, the authors contend that the emphasis of Christmas on green plants and the promise of the return of life in the dead of winter is just an adaptation of the pagan winter solstice celebration.

Christianity The Devil s Greatest Trick

Christianity  The Devil s Greatest Trick
Author: Adam Weishaupt
Publsiher: Lulu Press, Inc
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2013-01-25
ISBN 10: 1447888928
ISBN 13: 9781447888925
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Christianity The Devil s Greatest Trick Book Review:

It's a simple fact that most Christians know next to nothing about Christianity. How many people are aware of the many heresies that were stamped out by the early Church? Had any of these heresies triumphed, the world would be a very different, and much saner place. Find out about the monstrous St Augustine and his doctrines of grace, Original Sin, Predestination and the Total Depravity of the human race. This "saint" was happy to send to hell unbaptised babies that died in infancy. His great enemy was the humane and rational Celtic monk Pelagius. The great tragedy of Christianity is that it listened to Augustine rather than Pelagius. Were the Jews advocates of temple prostitution, even within the confines of Solomon's holy temple to Yahweh? The material in this book is provided by the Pythagorean Illuminati, the oldest secret society in the world, and is not for petty, cheap, narrow-minded religious fanatics.