"Riveting and extremely enjoyable." --IndieReader.com
"The research in this book is very impressive. I am amazed at the amount of historical facts gathered by Murphy and reminded that so little of this information is widely known today." The Nottingham Institute
"Controversial, and full of fascinating, insufficiently disseminated information." --Heresy Corner
"I am not paying false flattery when I say that this book is easily one of the best that I have read on the subject of the historical Jesus." --Pastor Chris, Pacific Haven Liberation Ministries
"Particularly absorbing and highly topical: as part of the continuing debate over the nature of Christ, not only among Christians but between them and today's wave of atheist thinkers, Jesus Potter Harry Christ is timely." --Parmenides
"Any biblical scholar, historian and want-to-be theologian can have fun looking into this text." --S. A. Gorden - Midwest Book Reviews
What do Jesus and Harry Potter have in common? More than you think.
LET'S SKIP THE INTRODUCTIONS. You don't need me to tell you that Jesus Christ and Harry are two of the most famous celebrities in the world, whose stories have been translated into dozens of languages and found international support in diverse cultures. What you may not be aware of, however, is the mysterious, complicated and intriguing relationship between them. For example, did you know that the topics "I read Harry Potter and Jesus still loves me," "Even Jesus reads Harry Potter" and "Harry Potter will return sooner than Jesus" each have their own Facebook group, or that Wikipedia has a page dedicated to "Religious debates over the Harry Potter Series"? Much more remarkable than their respective popularity is the significant tension - and unexpected affinity - between them.
At first glance it may seem that J.K. Rowling's boy wizard and the crucified Jesus prophet who became the Christian savior have absolutely nothing to do with each other - and yet the unease and sometimes outright animosity between the followers of these two figures suggests otherwise. Harry has been banned, burned, and abused by religious fundamentalists for over a decade. At the release of Rowling's final book, however, many readers were surprised to discover parallels between Jesus and Harry that, in such apparently diverse world-views, had no right to be there. As a result, recent years have witnessed a revolution in Christian responses to Harry, with many groups, writers and religious leaders praising Rowling's young sorcerer as ultimately Christian and a clear metaphor for Jesus Christ. And yet the most spine-tingling question has so far been ignored: Why do these similarities exist at all?
Although it is easy to accept that Rowling crafted the literary character of Harry Potter after the figure of Jesus, shouldn't it pique our interest that Jesus - a monumental figure in modern world religion generally believed to have been historical - has so much in common with the obviously fictional fantasy world and character of Harry Potter? The main distinction, it will be argued, is that Jesus Christ is real: Jesus has traditionally been viewed as a historical figure, while Harry is instantly recognized as fiction. But does this distinction apply to the many seemingly mythical elements in the gospels? Can Jesus' miracles be separated from Harry's magic tricks because they really happened - or will we allow that certain features of the gospels were exaggerated or intended to be literary. And if so, where do we stop? What protects Jesus from the claim that he is, like Harry, a fictional character?
This is the starting point of Jesus Potter Harry Christ; an innovative treatise into religious history, comparative mythology, astrological symbolism and contemporary culture. From ancient mystery religions to modern fairy tales, from fictional Hogwarts to the ruins of Jerusalem, Derek Murphy, PhD in Comparative Literature at one of the world's top universities, zooms in on one crucial question: How do we separate the obviously mythical literature of Jesus Christ from the historical man himself?
The author uses comparative mythology, historical critique and Biblical exegesis to support his hypothesis that once the historicity of Jesus Christ is removed, all that is left... Read morePublished 24 days ago by chuckbeef
I throughly enjoyed this book for the content it had. There was much discussion about comparative mythology and mystery religions which i found very educational. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jess Streif
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Jesus Potter Harry Christ by Derek Murphy is a scholarly journey through ancient mythology, cosmology, astrology, early... Read more
The author does a good job of showing that Jesus Christ as described in the New Testament and by Christians has many qualities in common with Pagan mythologies and practices and... Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by foreverknitefan
Murphy's work is a very thorough treatment (in spite of the whimsical title) of the use of symbols and archetypes going all the way back to caveman days. Read morePublished on June 30, 2012 by Skywise Unlimited
I purchased this book as research for a paper in my religion and pop-culture class, and found it helpful and informative. Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by Kelly Komm
Derek Murphy's, "Jesus Potter Harry Christ" -the title alone had me hooked--is a veritable encyclopedia of the history of Christian conspiracy theories, the Christian media's... Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by Amy Edelman
I have read this book and not only do I NOT support the claim. I wonder if the author might have a hidden motive. NO, I do not think that Derek is Satanic. Read morePublished on October 15, 2011 by HR Hamada