The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original Jesus" a Pagan God? Paperback – 2000
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The writing style is unfocused and irritating. There are hundreds of footnotes for each chapter, which makes it seem like it's well researched. It's certainly extensively researched, but the research is misguided. The book is useful as a compendium of quotations from the time of Jesus, but to use any of it as proof that Jesus never existed is an enormous leap of faith, if you'll pardon the pun.
I learned a lot about the Gnostics and their teachings. I found it fascinating. I also learned how Literalist Christians stole Christianity from the Gnostic Christians.
The history of the Christian religion from its origins to the beginnings of the Literalist Church and how they attempted to destroy the Gnostic teachings was interesting to me. It helped me to let go of the last remaining vestige of my childhood religious background and now I can comfortably and confidently move forward in my spirituality. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has been damaged by their Fundamentalist, Pentecostal or Catholic background.
The pagan mystery religions, much like Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Sufism, seek Oneness with the Divine as their ultimate goal. With Freke and Gandys' stunning revelation, Christians--even literalists--can now be welcomed into this universal brotherhood.
Seriously, though, I found The Jesus Mysteries to be one of the bravest and most thought-provoking pieces of work I've come across in years. It is a lucid and exhaustively researched expose of the history of Christianity and its battles with Gnosticism put forth in laymen's terms that really gets the mind racing and the heart pumping. In it, Freke and Gandy make an excellent case for the idea that Christianity is actually a Jewish version of earlier Pagan Mystery Religions then in vogue in the Roman Empire with Jesus but a mythological character designed to reflect earlier Pagan mangod beliefs. They show--successfully, I think--that what started out as a mystical Gnostic Christianity was ultimately superceded by a Literalist Christianity (by which they mean Christians who intepret the Jesus stories as literal, historical events rather than mythological analogies and metaphors as did the Gnostics) that denied the very mystical, mythological underpinnings that created the movement in the first place. Their reports on some of the early church fathers and their complicity in destroying what they consider to have been the original "true faith" of Gnostic Christianity are brutal, especially in using these men's own writings and words against them, and their overview of the role of the Catholic Church in suppressing all belief systems that were at variance with their own is nothing short of savage.Read more ›
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This is a good, solid read replete with mountainous amounts of evidence to make one question the authenticity of the commonly-accepted "historical" Christ. Read morePublished on May 26 2002 by CrysAnne
Bravo! This book is an amazing eye-opener.
Learn about Osiris, Dionysis, Bacchus, Mithras, etc. Read more
Read the Bible yourself, not this collection of accusations.
Consider for yourself the facts, how the Word has stood the test of time, despite all the attempts at attacking... Read more
This book spoke to my spiritual side, answered a lot of questions and confirmed what I had already believed to be true.Published on March 30 2002 by Lynda Burd
The Jesus Mysteries is a wonderful piece of work. Freke and his co-author print and jusitfy beautifully what most don't want to admit--that the story of Jesus Christ may be the... Read morePublished on March 19 2002 by Amanda Januchowski
I found it a most interesting read. Very carefully done, very methodical development. Background and behavior of early phases of christianity detailed and material not often... Read morePublished on March 17 2002 by Donald A. Brodzik
This book is perhaps one of the biggest con attempts played on anti-religionists. The entire premise of the book is founded the authors attempt to stretch controversy so thin that... Read morePublished on March 12 2002 by John Zxerce
I agree with Freke and Gundy that Christianity drew heavily from the Mysteries. I have, in fact, believed this for some time, and had learned some facts concerning the subject... Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2002 by Alton C. Thompson