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More myth than Mithras
on 1 November 2013
The value of this book might be indicated by one of the ALLEGED similarities betweem Mithraism and Christianity:
"The parallels between Christianity and ancient Mithraism are striking - for example, the god Mithras was born of a virgin in a cave on December 25"
Spot the deliberate mistake:
If we're talking about the Roman version. this mystery religion was a 2nd century creation so CANNOT have provided a basis for any part of Christianity. It must, if anything, have BORROWED details from Christian teaching (later Mithraism was indeed in strong direct contention with Christianity for some time until Constantine made Christianity the Roman state religion. An attempted revival by the Emperor Julian the Apostate (A.D. 360-363) was an unqualified failure.)
If we're talking about the original, Persian-based version of Mithraism then it should be noted that it was NOT an independent religion but was tied in to Zoroastrianism, and that we have very little authoritative information about it.
One of the things we do know is that the original Mithras was supposedly the twin brother of the god Ahura Mazda. I have yet to find anything in Christianity that suggests that Jesus te Christ had a twin brother - sounds like something dreamt up by Mel Brooks!
(Incidentally, there is no mention of the date of Christ's birthday in the Bible - and I must confess I didn;t know that December 25th was on any ancient Persian calendaar.
But in any case, it is widely acknowledged that the "Christian" church has borrowed such incidental details from a number of pagan sources. This hardly makes for a genuine, significant similarity between authentic Christianity and those other religions, however, starting with the fact that authentic (i.e. Bible-based)Christianity is not, and never has been, a "mystery religion".)