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The Zeitgeist Movement and the Historical Jesus

The Zeitgeist Movement and the Historical Jesus

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In 2007 the controversial film The Zeitgeist Movie was released as an effort, in part, to expose Christianity as a conspiracy which does not have its basis in a historical Savior known as Jesus of Nazareth. The thrust of the argument against Christianity is that the belief in Jesus as the Son of God is a belief which was fabricated through a conglomeration of pre-existing myths and astrological beliefs. The film attempted to claim the story of Jesus is merely a re-imagining of the accounts of such pagan deities as Horus, Attis, Mithra, Krishna, and Dionysus, each of whom is said to share certain biographical characteristics with Christ, such as a virgin birth announced by a star in the east, a visit by wise men, baptism and ministry around age thirty, a following of twelve disciples, the performance of miracles, that they were known by such titles as “Son of God,” “Light of the World,” “King of Kings,” and “Alpha and Omega,” a death by crucifixion, and a three day burial followed by a bodily resurrection. The film also claims that other Biblical accounts were the result of a re-imagining of other figures, such as Moses and Sargon, both of whom were said to have been adopted after being found in a basket floating in a river, or the Genesis flood and the Epic of Gilgamesh, both of which contains an account of a watery global destruction from which the animal species of the world and only a small number of individuals survived within the shelter of an ark.
In 2007 the controversial film The Zeitgeist Movie was released as an effort, in part, to expose Christianity as a conspiracy which does not have its basis in a historical Savior known as Jesus of Nazareth. The thrust of the argument against Christianity is that the belief in Jesus as the Son of God is a belief which was fabricated through a conglomeration of pre-existing myths and astrological beliefs. The film attempted to claim the story of Jesus is merely a re-imagining of the accounts of such pagan deities as Horus, Attis, Mithra, Krishna, and Dionysus, each of whom is said to share certain biographical characteristics with Christ, such as a virgin birth announced by a star in the east, a visit by wise men, baptism and ministry around age thirty, a following of twelve disciples, the performance of miracles, that they were known by such titles as “Son of God,” “Light of the World,” “King of Kings,” and “Alpha and Omega,” a death by crucifixion, and a three day burial followed by a bodily resurrection. The film also claims that other Biblical accounts were the result of a re-imagining of other figures, such as Moses and Sargon, both of whom were said to have been adopted after being found in a basket floating in a river, or the Genesis flood and the Epic of Gilgamesh, both of which contains an account of a watery global destruction from which the animal species of the world and only a small number of individuals survived within the shelter of an ark.

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Published by: Michael Sturgulewski on Sep 25, 2009
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