The Jesus Mysteries: Was the 'Original Jesus' a Pagan God?
According to the book itself: "What if for thousands of years before Christianity Pagans had also worshipped a Son of God? What if this Pagan saviour was also born of a virgin on the 25th of December before three shepherds, turned water into wine, died and resurrected at Easter, and offered his body and blood as a Holy Communion? What if these Pagan myths had been rewritten as the gospel of Jesus Christ? What if there was absolutely no evidence for the existence of an historical Jesus? What if the earliest Christians knew that the Jesus story was a myth? What if the truth has been kept from us by the greatest cover up in history? Drawing on the cutting edge of modern scholarship, this astonishing book will change everything you ever thought you knew about Christianity." The Secular Web advises extreme caution when reading such books, since the evidence has been abused and taken too far in such a way before. But this book promises to document its claims with hundreds of primary source references and, if so, then it should be capable of being evaluated by anyone--it is possible some claims will check out and others won’t, which means a reader will have gained in understanding of the origins of Christianity even if one disagrees entirely with the thesis being advanced. At any rate, this book may be the "best" attempt at defending such a theory to date and is worthy of attention for that sake alone, even if it doesn't hold water in the end.
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