Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Christianity Before Christ” as Want to Read:
Christianity Before Christ
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Christianity Before Christ

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  165 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Nothing is new or original in Christianity. All features and components of what is now known as Christianity were present ni mythologies that flourished before Jesus is alleged to have lived, and this book shows how those myths evolved into today's religion. ...more
Paperback
Published February 1st 2002 by American Atheist Press (first published June 1st 1985)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Christianity Before Christ, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.21  · 
Rating details
 ·  165 ratings  ·  15 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Christianity Before Christ
Felipe Alfaro
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As another reviewer said, this is a great springboard to ask questions from. It gives you the knowledge you need to investigate further into the pagan influences on Christianity. In fact, Christianity is so deeply influenced by pagan religions that you could say it is just the latest pagan religion. It is different in that it spread successfully due to its aggressive proselytizing nature and its adoption by the Roman empire and its militarily competent successors.

Some pieces of evidence are doub
...more
Paweł
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: religion
Quite an amount of information was manipulated, so the author could force through his point. To be specific - the part about similarities between Christianity and other religions consisted mostly of made up ''facts'' which (obviously) fitted into the premeditated goal (which the author had).

Although some of the points made sense, by that time I was already discouraged and my opinion couldn't be that much affected.
It's no wonder that religions (in general) bring more doubts than certainties, but
...more
Denise
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
A publication that shouldn't be taken as fact, instead a springboard for asking questions and digging deeper. Much of the information is outdated yet captivating. ...more
Mark Braithwaite
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great read for anyone who is a student of history. It’s hard to argue that the author has an agenda. John Jackson has simply compiled historical data that provides clear evidence of religious stories, myths, practices, traditions, and beliefs that are remarkably similar in nature to Christianity, but existed long before Christianity. Some of the historical accounts and explanations of certain belief systems are convoluted, and at times I felt like it was “too much”. Perhaps that’s beca ...more
Tiv Taylor
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay. I was looking forward to reading it but it didn’t tell me anything new. If you are a newcomer to the subject then it would be a great book. If you are a student of this subject. Read Kersey Graves of Gerald Massey for more fleshed our details.
Naomi Moore
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A must read for EVERYONE on the planet.
Monique Jackson
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
the truth is amazing
Reika
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One the most insightful reads I’ve read and I’m not a fan or history lol. This book was revealing and inspiring. Can’t wait to indulge deeper into the topic. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was the way the information was presented. I feel like a lot of wasn’t needed to substantiate claims. For example, the book compares Christianity to other religions to validate that Christianity is “unoriginal” in essence. However, they literally go through each imitation of about 4 different religio ...more
mirian
I thought this book was very informative. I have a different way of thinking after reading this book. I have to begin questioning everything that I have been taught. I am beginning to question the validity of my previous educators.
Hank Woods
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love to read black scholars, this didnt disappoint.
Matola Bantu
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A great piece of work, an aroma of fresh air from mainstream religious rhetoric we are always subjected to.
Mxolisi Casper
May 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
I download this app for reading a book, so it denies me to open it or read. The app is useless
Nize ThaArtist
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Eddyh Oa
Jan 02, 2020 marked it as to-read
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sarah
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This contained interesting information about ancient religions, but it was very poorly written. I really wanted to give it two stars, because it was a bit of a chore to get through, but I decided to give it more because it looks like a lot of research went into it. Still, the author didn't do a good job making the material interesting, and I really don't think he proved his premise, that Christianity is based on more ancient religions. Oh, I believe that to be true, as I've read other books on t ...more
JASMINE S
rated it really liked it
May 30, 2019
Steven Adams
rated it it was amazing
Jul 29, 2020
kimberly gibson
rated it it was amazing
Nov 13, 2017
Chris Washington
rated it it was amazing
Dec 10, 2015
Linda Crowder
rated it really liked it
Apr 23, 2014
Amanda
rated it really liked it
Apr 16, 2020
Aron Ramses
rated it it was amazing
Jul 21, 2017
Keydaz
rated it it was amazing
Jun 28, 2014
Stephen Griffiths
rated it liked it
May 02, 2021
Pete Livingston
rated it it was ok
Apr 16, 2015
Larisya
rated it it was amazing
Jan 06, 2017
Renee  Hodges
rated it really liked it
Nov 17, 2016
Erick Myrthil
rated it it was amazing
Jan 09, 2016
Christopher
rated it it was amazing
Jan 27, 2015
Troy Williams
rated it it was amazing
Jan 08, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Not the Impossible Faith
  • A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing
  • A People's History of the United States
  • Christianity: The Devil's Greatest Trick (The Anti-Christian Series Book 4)
  • How God Works: A Skeptic Questions Belief
  • Resurrection: The Origin of a Religious Fallacy
  • Sex for Salvation
  • There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind
  • Evangelical Protestants: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know
  • Is God Evil?
  • The Disproof of Christianity
  • Law of Success
  • Did Jesus Rise From The Dead?
  • The Only Wise God: The Compatibility of Divine Foreknowledge & Human Freedom
  • The Kalam Cosmological Argument
  • The Son Rises: Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus
  • Hard Questions, Real Answers
  • Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Debate between William Lane Craig & John Dominic Crossan
See similar books…
See top shelves…
34 followers
John Glover Jackson (April 1, 1907 – October 13, 1993) was an educator, lecturer, author, and man of principle. He was born on April 1, 1907, into a family of Methodists. In old age, he averred he had been an atheist since he became old enough to think. The family minister once asked him when he was small, "Who made you?" After some thought he replied from his own realization, "I don't know."

He li
...more

News & Interviews

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
21 likes · 3 comments