- File Size: 1679 KB
- Print Length: 168 pages
- Publisher: Prometheus Books (February 1, 1993)
- Publication Date: July 31, 1993
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0038KYFGE
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The Myth of the Resurrection and Other Essays (The Freethought Library) Kindle Edition
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These deficiences aside, this is an excellent little book and McCabe is well-qualified to write it. At the age of sixteen he entered a Franciscan seminary, was ordained at twenty-three and appointed to teach philosophy. Subsequently, he found his faith "bankrupt" and abandoned both the priesthood and Catholicism. He was a scholar of the first magnitude, steeped in the classics, and proficient in Latin and Greek. He was able to translate the ancient manuscripts from their original sources even the ones (as he points out) which were never translated because they reflected adversely on Christianity. Here was someone who "knew the secrets" and "spilled the beans."
In "The Myth of the Resurrection", McCabe points out that resurrection myths, whether Egyptian, Babylonian, Phoenician, Persian, Phrygian, or Greek go back to long before the time of Christ. Centuries before nations annually celebrated the death and resurrection of Osiris, Tammuz, Attis, Mithra and other gods. Christianity was not unique and was far from the first.
St. Paul, according to McCabe, truly believed in the resurrection of Christ. However, the resurrection accounts of the four evangelists (which were written after Paul's epistles) contain numerous conflicts, contradictions and clumsy fabrications. Read all four Gospel accounts and you will become thoroughly confused.Read more ›
The content of the book itself is very well written and thoroughly engaging. In the first part, McCabe documents specific beliefs and practices of the pagan cults, and draws parallels with christian beliefs and practices. He rightfully concludes that the gospel resurrection myth is a pagan derivative, and that it did not happen.
The Second part concerns the historicity of Jesus. While very skeptical of the gospel narratives, McCabe shows that it is more plausible that there was a hstorical Jesus behind the stories, than to believe that it is all myth. He reviews contemporary Jesus Mythicists like arthur Drews, who wrote The Christ Myth, and finds them wanting.
The last part of the book chronicles the rise of christianity, and how it was instrumental in the downfall of the Roman Empire shortly after gaining power via Emperor Constantine. It is definitely an eye-opening look at how christianity is vastly different from, an intolerant of, other beliefs. Rome was better off with Paganism as their official national religion.
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I find the subject of the historicity of Jesus to be absolutely fascinating. Joseph McCabe's Myth of Ressurection is an interesting and scholarly work, but if you want a truly... Read morePublished on March 23, 2001 by Eric Tang
I have to tell you...This book is moving..the similaries between ancient religions and the jesus story are interesting.. Read morePublished on November 6, 2000 by Jeff Gamble
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