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The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors: Or Christianity Before Christ Paperback – July 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-1585090181 ISBN-10: 1585090182 Edition: Revised and Enl

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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Book Tree; Revised and Enl edition (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585090182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585090181
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By TheHighlander on November 26, 2002
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A very interesting book from a historical and a religions perspective. But let me warn you, this book is not for everyone. The book looks at the 16 religious saviors that were crucified in their persepctive religions, all before the advent of Christianity. There are many chapters covering the similarities of the different religions and their saviors.
One of the most intriguing chapters is the one comparing the Hindoo savior Krishna's similarities with Jesus. The chapter lists 346 similarities from the teachings of the perspective religions as written in the Bible and the Baghavat Gita (Hindoo Bible). It is quite startling, considering Krishna lived thousands of years before Jesus.
The book is more or less a basher of Christianity, not the faith itself but the belief that Jesus was the only savior ever to come to earth based on the writings in the Bible. It shows that other religious writing previous to the Bible in other religions listed their own crucified saviors. Kind of a religious mans "Age of Reason" if you will.
The book is interesting but seems to lack some proof in a few areas when listing older saviors. But he also lists sources and historical documents for many of them. I feel he would have been better off listing 10 or 12 instead of 16. But overall it is worth the read for anyone with an open mind or who is curious about ancient religions. I have read both better and worse but this book is not a waste of time.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 2000
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After reading this book, my belief system was thrown into complete chaos. Never had I read such a treatise that tears into fundamenalist's oft-repeated arguments about their one true savior and renders them impotent- and this book was written over 100 years ago! Most striking is when the author points out errors in the Bible that call to question the accuracy of it and in the process, puts a challenge to the entire Bible (for example: How did the wise men come from the east if they were following a star in the east?). I can only think of two things wrong with this book. One, since it is over 100 years old, some of the spellings are incorrect (such as Mohammad-Mahomet and Quetzalcoatl-Quetxacote). Also, the author believed that with his book, fundamentalist Christianity would cease to exist. Unfortunately, this did not come true. This book is well written and calmly written, unlike other books that attack Christianity, which engage in wild theories and are usually written by people who have a prior agenda against Christian fundamentalists (such as homosexuals and atheists) Highly recommended for anyone who wants to be challenged or challenge ignorance.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By EB on June 22, 2001
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The main problem with this book is its obvious anti-Christian bias. Sometimes it's almost a rant rather than an essay. Too bad, because the underlying facts are mostly true. Had this book been written in a more scholarly manner by a more dispassionate scholar, it would be more trustworthy and therefore more valuable. Of course, it may be that it was written in the style of the time (quite some time ago). Certainly interesting.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By andrew e packard on September 14, 2002
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How many Christians know that other historical personages claimed to be God other than Jesus? Even more mind blowing how many realize that they too claimed to be of virgin births? Even more mind blowing is that there are oriental historical stories that parellel Jesus' life very closely only predating the Christ event! This book will challenge anyones faith! And it was written over 100 years ago!
My biggest critizism of it is that the author claims that God would never become human and would certainly never become a baby! Well this is the strength of Christianity... And Faith will never make logical sense (nor will life!) like the author claims...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Priya Puliyampet on December 19, 2012
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I want to begin by saying that I am an atheist. However, I was born into a Hindu family. Many of the similarities that the author draws between Krishna and Jesus are wrong. Mia or Maya was not Krishna's mother, no one was claiming that Krishna was born of a virgin, etc. Most of all, he was not crucified, much less crucified alongside thieves. The story goes that Krishna was shot in the foot by an arrow. I only know about the story of Krishna because I have a Hindu background and I havent read the part about Indra yet. However, I'm not going to read anymore, the author has lost all credibility with me.
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Kersey Graves (1813-1883) also wrote The Biography of Satan: Exposing the Origins of the Devil, The Bible of Bibles, New Testament Bible Errors, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1875 book, "The Christian bible, like other bibles, having been written in an age when science was but budding into life, and philosophy had attained but a feeble growth, should be expected to teach many things incompatible with the principles of modern science... Let the unbiased reader examine and compare the oriental and Christian bibles together, and he will note the following facts, viz.: 1. That the cardinal religious conceptions of all bibles are essentially the same... 3. That no bible, pagan or Christian, contains anything surpassing the natural, mental and moral capacity of the writer to originate. And hence no divine aid or inspiration was necessary for its production. 4. That the moral and religious teachings of no bible reach a higher altitude than the intelligence and mental development of the age and country which produced it. 5. That the Christian bible, in some respects, is superior to some of the other bibles, but only to the extent in which the age in which it was written was superior in intelligence and natural mental capacity to the era in which the older bibles were penned... And by comparing Christ's history with those of the Oriental gods, it will be found: 1. That he taught no new doctrine or moral precept. 2. That he inculcated the same religion and morality...
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