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The source of all religions,
This review is from: The Origins of Christianity and the Quest for the Historical Jesus Christ (Kindle Edition)
This is a most fascinating book containing information that I wish I had known long ago.
How come this stuff has been hidden from the mainstream for so long?
The basic argument is that there is nothing new under the sun - and that incudes religion.
We had probably all been aware that Christianity had borrowed bits from paganism and so on, but this book shows it goes a whole lot deeper and further than that.
The authors demonstrate that that there is no evidence of an historical Jesus figure.
Then they demonstrate the presence of the presence of a Messah figure associated with curucifixion , burial and resurrection myth in many other cultures before Jesus - Ancient Egypt, Budda, India, and so on.
The similarities between the stories are extraordinary, and far too strong to be coincidence. It seems that each culture incorporates the myth and takes it as its own.
A compelling read, well written and researched.
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Initial post: 8 Nov 2012 15:06:28 GMT
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A. J. Bradbury says:
Actually the book is extremely badly researched.
The claim that "The authors demonstrate that that there is no evidence of an historical Jesus figure." is alone enough to establish that as a fact. Even Richard Dawkins has acknowledged the historical reality of Christ (after many years denying or at least questioning it). And we can be pretty sure that this is not something Dawkins would ever admit if he had any worthwhile basis for continued demial.
In truth, the whole "Christianity took everything from elsewhere" is based on the worst kind of research:
1. Form an opinion
2. Search for ANYTHING that looks vaguely similar, no matter how vague of limited the similarity may be
3. Ignore any and ALL points of disagreement between the pre-Christian myths you are citing as evidence
4. In particular ignore the fact that the overwhelming majority of historians and theologians - including those who regard any idea that Jesus was in some way special - who agree that he was a genuine figure in history
5. And then write up your findings as though there isn't a scrap of counter evidence.
There'll always be someone who is so inexperienced at thinlking in a straight line that they'll find your book attractive.
There are two simple clues to the value of this book:
A. The author purports to cover 32 (thirty-two) topics in less than 60 pages (there's a bibliography as well)
B. You get what you pay for..
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