- Paperback: 456 pages
- Publisher: Lulu.com (February 10, 2009)
- Language: English
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Still, Carrier spends a good deal of his effort not in criticizing Holding but rather he contrasts the fundamental tenets of Christianity to that of pagan cults. I'll quote just a few to give the reader an idea of what you'll discover:
"That the Jews borrowed the idea of resurrection from Zoroastrian pagans is demonstrated not only by the fact that early Greek sources identify it as a Persian (and not a Jewish) belief, but by the fact that the Old Testament completely lacks any reference to the idea until after the Jews were exiled to cities in contact with Zoroastrianism. Alcestis-- and in legend, Theseus. Eurydice returns from the dead but due to a flubbed promise is forced back, while Alcestis is returned to life by being either rescued or sent back from Hades, either way for selflessly exchanging her life for that of her husband." (R. Carrier. Not the Impossible Faith; Kindle Locations 1300-1302.)
"That this hero had to die at the hands of elite conspirators in order to gain this ultimate power was not unusual--many a god required just such a path, from the Sumerian Inanna, to the Egyptian Osiris, to the Roman Romulus." (R. Carrier. Not the Impossible Faith; Kindle Locations 541-543).
And: "In any case, my point is not that there has been borrowing (just as I argued earlier), but that there were many gods who had to be killed to rise to glory and receive worship, so there was nothing unusual, and thus nothing improbable, in the same happening for Christ." (R. Carrier. Not the Impossible Faith; Kindle Locations 568-569).
On and on Richard Carrier goes as he held my interest right to the last page, or in this case, last word. You see, "Not The Impossible..." is also an audiobook called WhisperSynch. I love it and can enjoy a book so much more by hearing as well as reading along with the audio version--in this case, read by the author himself.
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