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.