On April 10, biologist and atheist writer Dr. Richard Dawkins tweeted about comparisons among Jesus, Dionysus, Horus and Krishna, posting an image from the film “Zeitgeist” that included Attis and Mithra. He asks:
Comparisons often made of Jesus with Horus, Dionysus, Krishna etc. Any real scholars out there confirm each one?
I responded, naturally, with the following links, which include real scholarship, using primary sources and the works of credentialed authorities in relevant fields. It’s good to see that Dawkins is taking an interest in the subject. It should be noted that his questions indicate he does not know the data, obviously, which is fine, since he is not a comparative religion scholar. This field is vast and requires a great deal of study over a period of decades.
The information does exist, however, and I have spent countless hours putting it together in books, articles, forum threads, videos, radio programs and lectures. In this endeavor, I have scrutinized ancient texts in their original languages, including Egyptian, Sumerian, Babylonian, Canaanite, Hebrew, Vedic, Sanskrit, Greek, Latin and “modern” languages such as German, French, Italian and so on.
If one wishes to know where this information comes from, one need only do a search on this website, FreethoughtNation.com, for articles, blogs and forum posts. One can also read my books and ebooks, as well as watch my videos and listen to my radio programs.
The Horus-Jesus Connection
Dionysus: Born of a Virgin on December 25th, Killed and Resurrected after Three Days
Attis: Born of a Virgin on December 25th, Crucified and Resurrected after Three Days
Mithra: The Pagan Christ
Anahita, virgin mother of Mithra
Was Krishna’s Mother a Virgin?
The ZEITGEIST Sourcebook
Rebuttal to Chris Forbes on Zeitgeist, Part 1
Richard Dawkins on Christmas
Political Correctness and Comparative Religion
Zeitgeist, Part 1, and the Supportive Evidence
Religion and the PhD: The Brief History
Why I am A Mythicist
(As concerns Krishna, it should be noted that I did advise Peter Joseph of “Zeitgeist” to use the word “chaste,” rather than “virgin,” knowing the debate about this motif, which is an utter waste of time. He chose to go with his own statements there.)