Jesus : God, Man, Or Myth?: An Examination of the Evidence

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Book Tree, 2000 - Religion - 308 pages
Did pagan mythologies represent Christs miracles in order to convince them to accept the Christian faith? Beyond these miracles is there enough evidence to prove there was a Jesus? Cutner says no. He also says that the Apostle Paul never portrayed Jesus as a man, but as a spiritual being. To Paul, Christ is found in a spiritual sense within oneself, as opposed to being an actual historical personage. When the Church accepted Paul, this inner reflection was outwardly projected by the Church into an actual mana saviour, according to Cutner. This might be why Paul was almost rejected by the Churchhis views posed a danger to those who might rely on their own spiritual knowledge, rather than the authority of the Church. Whether Jesus lived or not, we still have a lot to learn about ourselves and our true place in the universe. This book, although critical, may be useful in that respect.

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Sadly, a rather predictable Christ-myther rant. Typically for the genre, the author has not consulted any primary sources, choosing instead to focus on publications of dubious authority, from hyper-Presbyterian polemic (Hislop's "The Two Babylons") to confabulated works of "freethinkers" like G.A. Wells, whose own works are full of assertions that are not and cannot be bibliographically supported. Even the title of the book is less than honest : far from being an examination of the evidence, it is a jaw-dropping tour through a psyche so distorted by its own assumptions that it is literally incapable of entertaining for a moment any thought which has not been produced by them. From the publisher that also brings us the quasi-factual fantasies of Zechariah Sitchin and a (pseudonymous, one assumes) Joan d'Arc; possibly useful in busy households as a hedge against a shortage of toilet paper. 

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I enjoyed reading this book. Good info. Not the best book I have read on the subject but it is worth the money. Read full review

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Contents

Some Preliminary Considerations
1
Christian Evidences
9
The Witness of Paul
30
The Cross
58
The Mother of God
76
Jesus and the Witness of the Jews
86
The Pagan Witnesses
110
Some Sources of the Jesus Myth
129
Christianity and Allegory
179
The Myth Theory and Its Critics
194
The Teachings of Jesus
223
How Did the Gospels Originate?
229
Conclusions
245
Various Works and the Conclusion
250
Bibliography
289
Index
293

Pagan Saviors
165

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