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Are the Gospels Simply a Retelling of the Mithras Mythology?

Recently, one of the commenters on our blog alleged that the documents of the New Testament simply repeat common themes, ideas, and facts that were widely circulated in the ancient world.  Perhaps you have heard others make this claim, such as the folks who created the Zeitgeist video.

One of the most popular arguments is that the stories about Jesus are just recycled mythology that originated from the Mithras legends.  If it could be shown that numerous specific details in the Christian gospel accounts had been copied from prior mythology, then the promoters of this idea would have something.  But is that the case?  No.

There are many internet sites and books that debunk this idea, but I commend this article at PleaseConvinceMe.com to those who want a brief, but highly informative response to this challenge.


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  • Emma

    Hey I love this blog. I can see the time and effort put into this.. Thanks!

  • Bill Pratt

    Emma,
    Thank you so much for your kind words. They are very encouraging!

    Bill Pratt

  • DJeffery

    I once tried refuting a comment stating: “And of course most of the myths attributed to Jesus had earlier roots: Mythras, Osirus, Dionysus, Ishtar, etc.” by an A Team.

  • Wes

    “If it could be shown that numerous specific details in the Christian gospel accounts had been copied from prior mythology, then the promoters of this idea would have something.”

    If it is discovered that several ancient myths described someone who had experiences in their lifetime that turned out to be nearly identical to several of my experiences, that does not mean that I am now imaginary. You might be less inclined to believe someone who describes a “friend” exactly like ancient mythological character, but that does not guarantee their “friend” does not exist. If Jesus was the fulfillment of many ancient widely-circulated prophecies, it is possible that myths based on these prophecies would predate Him. I would replace “would have something” with “may have something” in the quote above.

  • Bill Pratt

    Wes, I agree. I guess I was in a charitable mood that day.

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