Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth

Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth
Author: John G. Jackson
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 34
Release: 2016-04-19
ISBN 10: 9781614279570
ISBN 13: 1614279578
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth Book Review:

2016 Reprint of 1941 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. In this pamphlet 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. Initially published in 1941, this concise introduction remains an insightful contribution to comparative religion studies.

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.

The Paganism in Our Christianity

The Paganism in Our Christianity
Author: Arthur Edward Pearse Brome Weigall
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 277
Release: 1928
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: MINN:31951P00761396A
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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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.

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.

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.

Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth

Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth
Author: John G. Jackson
Publsiher: Echo Point+ORM
Total Pages: 343
Release: 2018-12-17
ISBN 10: 1648371116
ISBN 13: 9781648371110
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth Book Review:

A classic resource that connects the cardinal doctrines of Christianity to their origins in the ancient civilizations that preceded the religion. 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. Initially published in 1941, this concise introduction remains an insightful contribution to comparative religion studies.

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: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: HARVARD:32044052931698
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Pagan Christs

Pagan Christs
Author: John Mackinnon Robertson
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 442
Release: 1903
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UCAL:$B45365
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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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.

The Pagan Christ

The Pagan Christ
Author: Tom Harpur
Publsiher: Allen & Unwin
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2005-03-01
ISBN 10: 1741155029
ISBN 13: 9781741155020
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Pagan Christ Book Review:

For centuries, the church has taught us that the Bible is a literal representation of actual events and people from millennia ago. But is it possible that the events in the Bible never occurred - that all those people never existed? In a work sure to rattle the pews of even the most liberal of churches, ex-Anglican priest Tom Harpur contends that Christianity is built on a history that didn't happen, upon a series of miracles that were never performed, and on allegories scavenged from the teachings and myths of ancient cultures. Long before the advent of Christ, the Egyptians and other ancient societies believed in the coming of a messiah, in a Madonna and her child, a virgin birth, and the incarnation of the spirit made flesh. Civilisations as diverse as the Persians and the Aztecs shared the same religious doctrine as Christian churches today, long before the testaments were purportedly recorded as history. According to Harpur, the early Christian church accepted these ancient truths as the very tenets of Christianity and set about covering up all attempts to reveal any elements of the Bible as myth. What began as a belief system with the potential to transform the faith of millions has been twisted by blind literalism into a mind-numbing tradition of unquestioned belief in allegory and ritual. As he reconsiders a lifetime of worship and study, Harpur eloquently reveals a cosmic faith built on universal truths. His message is clear: our blind faith in literalism is killing Christianity and dividing religions; only a return to an inclusive belief system where Christ lives within each of us will save it.

The Truth about Jesus

The Truth about Jesus
Author: Mangasar Mugurditch Mangasarian
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 295
Release: 1909
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: HARVARD:HN1E2N
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.

The Christ Myth

The Christ Myth
Author: Arthur Drews
Publsiher: Litres
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-12-02
ISBN 10: 5040829744
ISBN 13: 9785040829743
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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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.

Jesus Through Pagan Eyes

Jesus Through Pagan Eyes
Author: Matthew Fox,Mark Townsend,Barbara Erskine
Publsiher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Total Pages: 408
Release: 2012-06-08
ISBN 10: 073873165X
ISBN 13: 9780738731650
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jesus Through Pagan Eyes Book Review:

For Pagans and Christians alike, Jesus Through Pagan Eyes offers a provocative portrait ofJesus—as a compassionate, life-affirming, nature-inspired spiritual teacher, freed from the limiting ideology of the Church. Rev. Mark Townsend sets the stage by exploring the historical evidence of who Jesus was as a human being before delving into the realm of metaphor and mythology, the notion of Christ, and the Church's conception of Jesus as Christ. The heart of this unique book lies in the thoughtful and deeply moving collection of stories, essays, and interviews about Jesus from today's most respected Pagan, Wiccan, and Druidic leaders. Contributors such as Maxine Sanders, Christopher Penczak, Janet Farrar, Diana Paxson, Philip Carr-Gomm, Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, John Michael Greer, Selena Fox, and Raven Grimassi explore the historical figure of Jesus in relation to Witchcraft, the tarot, goddess worship, and shamanism—while illustrating how this god of the Christian church blesses and inspires those who embrace non-traditional spiritual paths. Whether you envision Jesus as an ascended master, a human teacher, or a mythic god-man, this remarkable book will introduce you to a Jesus who fits fully into the Pagan imagination. Praise: "Townsend uses Jesus to initiate dialogue, and he does so in way that is accepting and inclusive of many understandings and interpretations of Jesus, his purpose, and his relevance (or irrelevance) in the religious practices of contemporary Pagans." —Huffington Post "This work admirably promotes understanding between belief systems that have a sometimes uneasy relationship."—Publishers Weekly

The Lost Light An Interpretation of Ancient Scriptures

The Lost Light  An Interpretation of Ancient Scriptures
Author: Alvin Boyd Kuhn
Publsiher: Rare Treasure Editions
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-11-09T22:55:00Z
ISBN 10: 1774644185
ISBN 13: 9781774644188
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Lost Light An Interpretation of Ancient Scriptures Book Review:

Kuhn contended that the Bible derived its origins from other Pagan religions and that much of Christian history was pre-extant as Egyptian mythology. He also proposed that the Bible was symbolic and did not depict real events, and argued that the leaders of the church started to misinterpret the bible at the end of the third century. These controversial ideas outside of mainstream history and theology are rejected by most pre-eminent scholars, but many including Tom Harpur and John G. Jackson were influenced by the works of Kuhn. Harpur even dedicated his best-selling 2004 book, "The Pagan Christ" to Kuhn, calling him "a man of immense learning and even greater courage" and "one of the single greatest geniuses of the twentieth century" [who] "towers above all others of recent memory in intellect and his understanding of the world's religions."

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 Truth Behind the Christ Myth

The Truth Behind the Christ Myth
Author: Mark Amaru Pinkham
Publsiher: Adventures Unlimited Press
Total Pages: 100
Release: 2002-04
ISBN 10: 9781931882026
ISBN 13: 1931882029
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Truth Behind the Christ Myth Book Review:

Return of the Serpents of Wisdom and Conversations With the Goddess author Pinkham tells us the Truth Behind the Christ Myth and presents radically new information regarding Jesus Christ and his ancient legend, includes: The legend of Jesus Christ is based on a much earlier Son of God myth from India, the legend of Murrugan, the Peacock Angel; The symbol of the Catholic Church is Murrugan's symbol, the peacock, a bird native to south-east Asia; Murrugan evolved into the Persian Mithras, and Mithras evolved into Jesus Christ Saint Paul came from Tarsus, the centre of Mithras worship in Asia Minor. He amalgamated the legend of the Persian Son of God onto Jesus' life story; The Three Wise Men were Magi priests from Persia who believed that Jesus was an incarnation of Mithras; While in India, Saint Thomas became a peacock before he died and merged with Murrugan, the Peacock Angel; The Emperor Constantine, the first 'Christian' Emperor of the Roman Empire, was a lifelong devotee of Mithras. He was baptised Christian on his deathbed; The myth of the One and Only Son of God originated with Murrugan and Mithras.

The Darkening Age

The Darkening Age
Author: Catherine Nixey
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 368
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, winner of the Jerwood Award from the Royal Society of Literature, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and named a Book of the Year by the Telegraph, Spectator, Observer, and BBC History Magazine, this bold new history of the rise of Christianity shows how its radical followers helped to annihilate Greek and Roman civilizations. The Darkening Age is the largely unknown story of how a militant religion deliberately attacked and suppressed the teachings of the Classical world, ushering in centuries of unquestioning adherence to "one true faith." Despite the long-held notion that the early Christians were meek and mild, going to their martyrs' deaths singing hymns of love and praise, the truth, as Catherine Nixey reveals, is very different. Far from being meek and mild, they were violent, ruthless, and fundamentally intolerant. Unlike the polytheistic world, in which the addition of one new religion made no fundamental difference to the old ones, this new ideology stated not only that it was the way, the truth, and the light but that, by extension, every single other way was wrong and had to be destroyed. From the first century to the sixth, those who didn't fall into step with its beliefs were pursued in every possible way: social, legal, financial, and physical. Their altars were upturned and their temples demolished, their statues hacked to pieces, and their priests killed. It was an annihilation. Authoritative, vividly written, and utterly compelling, this is a remarkable debut from a brilliant young historian.