This is written by my friend Stephen J. Bedard at Hope’s Reason
This book is a response to Tom Harpur’s Pagan Christ, but it is something more. In this book, Stanley Porter and I really examine the Jesus myth theory in general, using Tom Harpur’s book as a case study. If you have never heard of Tom Harpur, but have been confronted by the claims of Timothy Freke, Peter Gandy, D.M. Murdock (Acharya S), Robert Price or those of the Zeitgeist movie, this book will be of interest to you.
In our book, we look at some of the older works that modern writers base their books on. We then look at the claims that the Jesus story is based on pagan myths, especially those of Egypt and Mithraism. When one actually examines the myths, it is quickly apparent that the Gospels have very little to do with pagan myths. We then look at the historical basis of the story of Jesus. We confront claims that Josephus’ testimony is a forgery, that Paul never spoke of the historical Jesus and that the Gospels are not historical. We conclude that there is a firm historical basis for the existence of Jesus Christ.
Unmasking the Pagan Christ: An Evangelical Response to the Cosmic Christ Idea won the 2007 Word Guild Award of Merit in the area of Evangelism and Apologetics.
A documentary was made of this book, produced by David Brady Productions.
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