Which savior, Jesus, Caesar or Mithra?
- N. B.
Ken Humphreys is one of my favorite fellow mythicists. Unlike some of the others who are very rude, misogynistic, conceited and shallow-thinking, Ken is cordial, social and courageously follows where the evidence leads and is not afraid of presenting it boldly.
When I read or hear the remarks of several other prominent skeptics and mythicists, I often cringe, as they clearly are not very intelligent, well educated or visionary. With Ken, I feel a kindred spirit, however, as he dares to forge his own path without rancor or fear of what rabid credentialists have to say.
Of course, Ken is not the target of venom and vitriol from these individuals as much as I am, even though we propound many of the same or similar ideas. That fact alone makes me consider that these critics’ “anti-Acharya” biases and bigotry have more to do with sexism and misogyny than with the facts I work so hard to bring to light.
In any event, Ken’s information is always welcome and illuminating!
6 thoughts on “Which savior, Jesus, Caesar or Mithra?”
“More astounding rubbish” … I like that.
I like Ken. We had an association some years ago when I ran a forum for JNE. Love his site! And yours to! Keep up the good work.
Acharya, You are too good to be true. But hey, you are and that is so exciting. You keep me spellbound at times. Have Happy
Hey Stellar House
I read CAESARS MESSIAH by Joseph Atwill the Roman conspiracy to invent Jesus. I have also read your commentary on Caesar’s Messiah and how you didn’t agree that the Flavian’s wrote the New Testament gospels. However I found his publication an easy read and easier to get a grip on more then a lot of the other mythicist Christian origin publications I’ve read which doesn’t point to a single source of the origin of Christianity. What I wanted to know in your opinion, based on your research who invented Christianity? Was it Constantine? Was it the Gnostic’s? The Therapeut’s? The Essene’s? Was it the imperial Roman cult? And I would also like to know in your opinion who wrote the New Testament gospels? And what year did they write them? And is it the consensus of mainstream biblical scholarship? I know it’s a lot of questions I’m sure your publications addresses all of the above questions I have for you, If you can point out the publication and chapter I would find the direct answers to my questions it would be a huge help. Thx
Yes, I understand that CM all sounds like a nice, neat and sexy theory, but it’s incorrect overall, based on all the facts.
My books go into details about when and how Christianity was created. It is far more complicated than the paint-by-numbers theory of Atwill. It is more like a masterpiece that took centuries to create, but, yes, the work of the Therapeuts was used, as were the efforts of the Gnostics and many others over the decades to centuries. There is no single source of Christianity, so looking for one will take you down the wrong path.
The canonical gospels as we have them do not show up in the historical record until the end of the second century:
The only way to get a full picture of this long-term effort is to study the subject in depth. My book The Christ Conspiracy will give you a good handle on it, but be aware that I’ve got a second edition in the works:
Around the time of Jesus Galilee was a hot-bed of anti Roman sentiment. There was no Nazareth. Nazarites were one’s who took vows to follow the law more strictly. Whether Jesus was a Nazarite or an Essene is up for debate along with the question of his existence. He probably was real but most likely a zealous rebel with a following large enough to make the Romans nervous. Fact: Jews guilty of crimes against Judaism were stoned, not crucified. Crucifixion was reserved for serous crimes against Rome, hence Jesus was not killed for claiming to be the son of God but for inciting rebellion. Next the Jesus movement continued under James while Paul lobbied around the empire promoting his brand of Christianity that was completely different in nature & incorporated many pagan characteristics. Mystery religions were a fad of sorts in the Roman empire especially ones rooted in antiquity.
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