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Christianity Before Christ

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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
Published February 1st 2002 by American Atheist Press (first published June 1st 1985)
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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
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
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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
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 Much of the information is outdated yet captivating.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
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
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.
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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.
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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
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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."

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