Sunday, October 14, 2007

Currently Reading

I'm presently reading The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors: Christianity Before Christ by Kersey Graves. Originially published in 1875, this book explores the parallels between the claims made of Jesus and the claims made of sixteen dieties whose religions predated Christianity. The cast of characters includes Krhisna of India, Thamnuz of Syria, Esus of the Celtic druids, Mithra of Persia, Quetzalcoatl of Mexico, and others. Mr. Graves brings to light a surprising number of similarities between the Christ story and the stories of these pagan gods, each examined in a separate chapter. Here's a selection of chapters from the book:
  • Messianic prophecies
  • Prophecies by the figure of a serpent
  • Miraculous and immaculate conceptions of the gods
  • Virgin mothers and virgin-born gods
  • Stars point out the time and saviors' birth places
  • Angels, shepherds, and magi visit the infant saviors
  • December 25: the birthday of the gods
  • Common titles claimed of and claimed by the gods
  • The saviors of royal descent but humble birth
  • The saviors saved from destruction in infancy
  • The saviors' kingdoms not of the world
  • The saviors are real persons
  • The saviors die for their followers
  • Darkness at the crucifixion of the saviors
  • Descent of the saviors into hell
  • Resurrection of the saviors
I've just finished the front matter and I'm about to begin the meat of the text. It should be interesting; I'll keep you posted.

1 comment:

Pomoprophet said...

Very interesting. I had never heard of this before!