The Pagan Christ Hardcover – 14 Nov 2005
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I've researched Gnosticism; I've researched the takeover of Christianity by the Roman Empire in 312 AD; I've researched the atrocities committed by a group of thugs posing under the banner of 'Christianity' from the dark ages all the way into our 21st century; I've researched the experiences of mystics, and the physiological phenomena that cause them; I've researched the history, symbology and heritage behind Christian art and music; I've researched the so called 'philosophers' and 'theologians' that have plagued Christianity from the depths of their utter stupidity and blindness; I've researched the genius of those Christians who dared to delve deeper. Let me just save us all some time here by just saying that if it touches on Christianity or even religion in a wider sense, I've pretty much researched it.
Well, this little book brings it all, finally, together, in a mere 218 pages. Mr Harpur, I take my hat off to you.
Harpur also explores the possibility that some or all of the miracles and other stories the Bible attributes to Jesus were borrowed from earlier holy beings, something which I reckon is indeed probable: I know that writers did this for 5th/6th century people they extolled such as St. Columba, St. Kentigern, Taliesin, and King Arthur, so it is no surprise to me that Harpur identifies a similar process in the Jesus story. It is only in the scientific era in the last four centuries that writers have become sharp about what is allegorical and what is factuality (over-sharp to the point of not accepting even as probable anything that is not contemporaneously documented and cross-referenced).
So: well worth reading... with an intelligent critical ear.
The early Christian church borrowed the Isis/Horus story for their own story of Mary/Jesus and supressed all other conflicting beliefs. Tom Harpur the author of "The Pagan Christ" being an ordained priest has explained how the Christian faith has developed. You need to read the book with an open mind and I promise you that you will not be disappointed.
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This book is very interesting and seems well researched but the idea that because other stories myths and beliefs are allegorical and have Christ themes it therefore means that... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hunter R
An honest look at the documents and research over the last generation that has shown the hollow nature of the Christianity designed by Constantine and successors, proclaiming... Read morePublished 11 months ago by kristeve
This is a very interesting book on the mythological origins of Christianity which far predates our era. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Philipp Grote
Opens your eyes to other ideas - whether you embrace these ideas or not.Published 11 months ago by kinomac