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Scholarly Quotes on the “Jesus is a copy of pagan deities” Myth

Below are several Quotes from Prominant Scholars regarding the myth that Jesus is a myth copied from ancient paganism:

Bart Ehrman, the world’s leading skeptical New Testament scholar, asks: “What is driving the mythicist’s agenda? Why do they work so hard at showing that Jesus never really lived? I do not have a definitive answer to that question, but I do have a hunch. It is no accident that virtually all mythicists (in fact, all of them, to my knowledge), are either atheists or agnostics. The ones I know anything about are quite virulently, even militantly atheist.” – Bart Ehrman

“Allegations of an early Christian dependence on Mithraism have been rejected on many grounds. Mithraism had no concept of the death and resurrection of its god and no place for any concept of rebirth—at least during its early stages.” Nash then goes on to say, “Today most Bible scholars regard the question as a dead issue.” – Professor Ronald Nash – ‘Was the New Testament Influenced by Pagan Religions?’

“Now I am normally a cordial and collegial chap, but to be honest, I have little time or patience to invest in debunking the wild fantasies of “Jesus mythicists”, as they are known. That is because, to be frank, those of us who work in the academic profession of religion and history simply have a hard time taking them seriously.” – Michael Bird, who is on the editorial board for the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, as well is a Fellow of the Centre for Public Christianity

“When you make the comparisons, you end up with a whole lot more differences than you do similarities.” – Professor Craig Keener

The idea of dying and rising gods is largely a misnomer based on imaginative reconstructions and exceedingly late or highly ambiguous texts.” – JZ Smith, a historian of religion and Hellenistic religions

Mythicists of this ilk should not be surprised that their views are not taken seriously by real scholars, that their books are not reviewed in scholarly journals, mentioned by experts in the field, or even read by them. The book is fill with so many factual errors and outlandish assertions that it is hard to believe that the author is serious. If she is serious, it is hard to believe that she has ever encountered anything resembling historical scholarship. – Acharya S, (D. M. Murdock), The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold.

In short, if there is any conspiracy here, it is not on the part of the ancient Christians who made up Jesus but on the part of modern authors who make up stories about the ancient Christians and what they believed about Jesus. – IBID

 

For more on the Myths about Christianity see below:

Christmas and Paganism

Ishtar and the Easter Connection

The Sabbath, Sunday Observance and the Early Church

The Crucifixion is a Historical Fact

Modern Scholarship Proves the New Testament is More Accurate than Any Other Historical Text

Extra Biblical Evidence for Jesus

“Jesus is a copy of pagan deities” Myth

The Great Apostasy Myth

 

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