Who was the Historical Jesus? Did Jesus really exist? An Introduction to Christ Myth Theory

Much of the material on this website concerns my continuing research into Christian traditions and the historical Jesus Christ: who was Jesus, really? Is there any evidence for his existence? What started the Christian movement? Although the debate continues, and it is impossible to "prove" that Jesus never existed, it is fair to say that the vast majority of both Christians and non-believers alike have a picture of Christian beginnings which has no basis in ...

Defining Jesus: Voting on Christ’s divine and human nature in the Ecumenical Church Councils

Although Christianity had finally been given state approval, Constantine soon saw that as a movement Christianity was deeply divided among itself in virtual all areas. In order to stifle disagreements and unify the empire under one, simplified religion, Emperor Constantine summoned the first Church Council. In the summer of 325, the bishops of all provinces were summoned to Nicaea (now in modern-day Turkey), a place easily accessible to the majority of delegates by Emperor Constantine, ...

Mary’s Vulva: Jesus Christ, Vesica Pisces and the Christian Fish Symbol

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Many of the stories in the biblical gospel stories have mathematical significance, like the name of Jesus, and use numbers to convey sacred geometrics. Jesus often says things like, “Let those who have ears, hear!” or “Let those who have eyes, see!” alluding to the need to seek a deeper interpretation for his parables. He also chastises his apostles frequently for not understanding the actual significance behind his stories. One example is the appearance of Jesus ...

St. Paul’s Mysteries abolish the Law: Was Paul’s Jesus a Pagan God?

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The Jewish mystery cult, a greater spiritual synthesis than even the mighty and popular Sarapis, was immediately popular. It was fueled by both the desires and needs of the Jewish people in the diaspora, and the lust for a greater and more powerful magical name. It also allowed Jews to integrate more fully into their cosmopolitan pagan environment. The Galatians received him “as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus” (Gal 4:14). At the same time, ...

In the name of God: Jesus, Christianity and ritual incantation of magical words with secret power

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Another trend that is necessary to understand in the formation of Christianity is the widespread use of magic – most exceptionally divination. “I see no race of men,” wrote Cicero, “however polished and educated, however brutal and barbarous, which does not believe that warnings of future events are given and may be understood and announced by certain persons.” (qtd. Glover 16) Famous oracles such those at Delphi were esteemed and consulted by Emperors and the ...

The Egyptian Face of Jesus: How the politically created cult of Sarapis reveals Jesus Christ as constructed religious synthesis

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If Jesus Christ wasn’t a historical person, where did he come from? Who created him? How does one go about ‘creating’ a god anyway; and who would worship a fiction? To begin with, keep in mind that every figure from mythology, and even many pseudo-historical figures, had to be created by someone. For example, think about the classical Roman gods of Olympus; their complicated stories, romances, and personalities. Were they real? Are they based on a ...

Jesus and Mithras Revisited: Shared Symbolism between Mithraism and the Higher Christian Mysteries

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Part of the problem in comparing Christianity to other mysteries is that it retains a very ancient text, while corresponding texts for other traditions were lost (often purposefully destroyed by Christians). And the gospels chosen for the Bible were chosen because they portray a human Jesus, rather than reveal mystery truths (which were not meant to be written down, anyway). In contrast, although a trove of Gnostic gospels was discovered in 1978, much of the ...

The Jesus Mysteries: Is Christianity a Jewish-Pagan Mystery Cult?

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“Jesus said to the 12 apostles: "You have been given the mystery of the Kingdom of God, but to those, the ones outside, everything is given in parables, so that seeing, they may see and not perceive, and hearing, they may hear but not understand.” Mark 4:11 The purpose of this chapter will be to demonstrate that Christianity was originally a mystery religion; that it had different layers of meaning, and that only the higher ...

Making Jesus in our own image: professor of religion Scot McKnight on the historical Jesus

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Who is the historical Jesus? What can historical research tell us about him? Scot McKnight is a professor of religion at North Park University in Chicago who has been intimately involved in "Historical Jesus Research" for the past several decades.  In a fascinating article published in April of 2010, (Christianity Today), McKnight describes how, after years of passionate research, the quest for the historical Jesus is at a dead end. Illustrating this point in his classroom, ...

Jesus Potter, Harry Christ

“We begin with children by telling them stories (mythoi). They are for the most part false, through there are truths to be found in them. - Plato (Republic) Is Harry Potter a Christ Figure? Comparisons between Jesus Christ and Harry Potter With the publication of the final three books of the Harry Potter series, much of the controversy surrounding Harry Potter has died down. Perhaps the initial heated reactions have cooled off, and conservatives have realized that Harry ...