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The Truth about Jesus : Is He a Myth? by Mangasarian, M. M. (Mangasar Mugurditch), 1859-1943

The Truth about Jesus : Is He a Myth? by Mangasarian, M. M. (Mangasar Mugurditch), 1859-1943

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by Mangasar Magurditch Mangasarian

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Title: The Truth About Jesus Is He a Myth?
Author: Mangasar Magurditch Mangasarian
Release Date: July, 2004 [EBook #6107]

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[This file was first posted on November 7, 2002]
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*** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK, THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS IS HE A MYTH? ***

Juliet Sutherland, Charles Franks and the Online Distributed Proofreading
Team.

THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS IS HE A MYTH?
ILLUSTRATED
_M. M. Mangasarian_
[Illustration: Woman Crucified. In the Church of St. Etienne, France.

For a Long Time This Bearded Woman Was Supposed to be the Christ]

_If it is not historically true that such and such things happened in Palestine eighteen centuries ago, what becomes of Christianity? --Thomas Huxley._

CONTENTS
PART I

A PARABLE
IN CONFIDENCE
IS JESUS A MYTH?
THE PROBLEM STATED
THE CHRISTIAN DOCUMENTS
VIRGIN BIRTHS
THE ORIGIN OF THE CROSS
SILENCE OF CONTEMPORARY WRITERS
THE STORY OF JESUS A RELIGIOUS DRAMA
THE JESUS OF PAUL NOT THE JESUS OF THE GOSPELS
IS CHRISTIANITY REAL?

PART II
IS THE WORLD INDEBTED TO CHRISTIANITY?
PAGANISM AND CHRISTIANITY, OR CHRISTIANITY

NOT SUITED TO WESTERN RACES
PART III

SOME MODERN OPINIONS OF JESUS
A RHETORICAL JESUS
"WE OWE EVERYTHING TO JESUS"
A LIBERAL JEW PRAISES JESUS

APPENDIX--REPLIES TO CLERICAL CRITICS

_By education most have been misled,
So they believe because they were so bred;
The priest continues what the nurse began,
And thus the child imposes on the man_.
DRYDEN.

PREFACE

The following work offers in book form the series of studies on the
question of the historicity of Jesus, presented from time to time
before the Independent Religious Society in Orchestra Hall. No effort
has been made to change the manner of the spoken, into the more
regular form of the written, word.

M. M. MANGASARIAN.
ORCHESTRA HALL
CHICAGO
[Illustration: Picture in Herculaneum, of the Days of Pompeii, Showing
Cupid Crowned with a Cross.]
PART I.
A PARABLE

I am today twenty-five hundred years old. I have been dead for nearly as many years. My place of birth was Athens; my grave was not far from those of Xenophon and Plato, within view of the white glory of Athens and the shimmering waters of the Aegean sea.

After sleeping in my grave for many centuries I awoke suddenly--I
cannot tell how nor why--and was transported by a force beyond my
control to this new day and this new city. I arrived here at daybreak,
when the sky was still dull and drowsy. As I approached the city I
heard bells ringing, and a little later I found the streets astir with
throngs of well dressed people in family groups wending their way
hither and thither. Evidently they were not going to work, for they
were accompanied by their children in their best clothes, and a
pleasant expression was upon their faces.

"This must be a day of festival and worship, devoted to one of their
gods," I murmured to myself.

Looking about me I saw a gentleman in a neat black dress, smiling, and
his hand extended to me with great cordiality. He must have realized I
was a stranger and wished to tender his hospitality to me. I accepted
it gratefully. I clasped his hand. He pressed mine. We gazed for a
moment silently into each other's eyes. He understood my bewilderment
amid my novel surroundings, and offered to enlighten me. He explained
to me the ringing of the bells and the meaning of the holiday crowds
moving in the streets. It was Sunday--Sunday before Christmas, and the

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