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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: American Atheist Press (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0910309205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910309202
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JOHN G. JACKSON 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 lived for nearly fifty years in New York City, lecturing at the "Ingersoll Forum" of the American Association for the Advancement of Atheism (1930-1955). During a parallel period he wrote articles for the Truth Seeker magazine. From 1932 to 1972 he was a writer and associate of the Rationalist Press Association in London, England.

A pioneer in the field of African and Afro-American studies, he taught such courses from 1971 to 1980 at Rutgers University, New York University, and in Illinois. His books include Introduction to African Civilizations; A Guide to the Study of African History; Man, God, and Civilization; Hubert Henry Harrison: The Black Socrates; and the best-selling Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth.


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Again, the info in the book is great history.
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A Must read book or the information there of, for high school and college students.
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Many millions have been taught this story by the church establishment.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on May 19, 2013
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I will first say I am an atheist. This was one of the first atheist books I ever read, and I was impressed at the time. However, my own research has caused me to disregard much of the work contained in this book.

One of the problems of this book is the comparisons are done using dubious 19th century/early 20th century authors. Many of their sources are unknown, and in some case may be fabricated. Take with a grain of salt references to Gerald Massey, Alvin Boyd Kuhn, and Albert Churchward. They are also guilty of over simplification leading to comparisons that are best questionable. Jackson mixes his dubious sourced material with good stuff from Frazer and Doane of the same era. I have read most of his source material.

The book isn't really dedicated to any particular cult that worshiped Jesus before he existed. No mention of the famous Eusebius line of a Christian sect before Christ or the Coptics. It includes Ingersoll criticisms of the Bible, some early contradictions and unscientific aspects. In one section he matches the 12 tribes to the 12 signs of the zodiac. I will say he is wrong on most of them. The correct arrangement is contained in "On Earth as it is in Heaven, The Cosmic Roots of the Bible."

His argument is that there were pagan cults similar to Christianity that existed before Jesus. While he can make some cases with Horus, others are questionable as I have discovered many ancient texts were modified. While the gods are older than Christ, not all the texts about them predate Christianity. Researchers such as Massey dated everything older than Jesus, when we now know it wasn't so. Many of his occult connections come from the Middle Ages. The numerology aspect he introduces should have been left on the editor's floor.
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58 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Ann on December 28, 2000
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The author of this book does an excellent job in presenting a side by side comparison of various religions. He presents a blueprint of the similarities within all religions. With this simplistic information provided, one can research every position he presents for yourself and see the similarities for yourself.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By KENZIE MILES on November 22, 2012
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This book is a must read for all truth seekers. John Jackson has a laid an incredible foundation of facts that cannot be denied. Read this book to be enlighten and you will be eternally grateful that you did.
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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1999
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The esteemed intellectual John G. Jackson (1907-1993) showed great emphasis towards the competitive objectivity on the subject matter on Comparative Analysis Of Religions. Some would look at the title of being disrespectful towards Christianity; however, Jackson displayed a great ability on how a student or teacher of Comparative Analysis Of Religion can differentiate presuppositions pertaining towards an individuals 'religion.' Jackson gave a monumental evaluation on the subject with great respect. "Christianity Before Christ" should be a prerequisite for those who are interested in Exegesis, Hierology, Hermeneutics and Mythology. Jackson displayed a informed analysis between on what is a historical fact and mythical folklore pertaining towards 'religion.' He establishes scholarly hypothesis on the origins and evolution on what is perceived as faith in the ancient and modern world with ample amount of references.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jabulani on April 3, 2013
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I did not agree with everything in this book but it does give you something to think about. This book does not assume you are going to agree with everything in it and I made sure I did not disappoint the author.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Larry W. Dublin on August 24, 2013
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Many millions have been taught this story by the church establishment. I finally found out roughly six months ago, I was profoundly moved to question everything else that I have been taught at the church, now I am being freed from this institution called the church once and for all. The real true God lives inside of every human being, he surely not in some building built by man. People just need to do a little research and find out the truth.There is no historical evidence to support one biblical account of anything that is found in the bible.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joshua on June 1, 2013
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I am very happy that I Purchased this book. It is very Informative and unapologetic. I love studying my history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G.paulk on July 31, 2013
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Very comprehensible and great references! A Must read book or the information there of, for high school and college students.
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