Merry Mithrasmas!

Naomi, over at Rage against the Pretty Hate Machine, has an enlightening article on the origins of Christianity. She starts with:

Thus I have heard that the Cult of Jesus began in Palestine, but wherever or however it started isn’t as important as what happened to it when it came to Rome where it met, and whose doctrine it eventually adopted, a rival cult that had existed for more than a thousand years before Jesus was said to have been born, dedicated to the Roman God Mithras.

She then goes on to describe some of the ways that Christianity stole the magic and miracles of Mithras and pasted them onto the story of some two-bit, second-rate preacher. Check out the whole article.

4 Responses to “Merry Mithrasmas!”

  1. reluctantatheist Says:

    Hey, how are you?
    Actually, the evidence for xtianity borrowing from Mithraism is slim to none (I attribute this mostly to Theodosius’ edict, & the destruction of the Mithreums). A better & closer analogy would be Sol Invictus.
    I’ve linked to you, BTW, at http://biblioblography.blogspot.com

  2. Ron Britton Says:

    The borrowing/stealing of earlier myths is something I’m still researching at the moment. I have a number of books on the subject that I hope to get to soon (I will be reporting on these books as I read them). At the moment, I don’t know enough to have a strong opinion on exactly what happened, if indeed there are sufficient remaining clues to piece this puzzle together. The fact that Christianity (and Judaism) incorporated pre-existing mythology is documented and well known. I’m just not an expert (yet) on all of the details.

    BTW, look for a review of “The God Who Wasn’t There” sometime in the next few days. It has been sitting in my Netflix stack for the last couple of weeks.

    P.S. Thanks for the link!

  3. World Peace Religion Says:

    How does Christianity get away with this?

  4. Ron Britton Says:

    Naomi over at Pretty Hate Machine has a good reply to your question. She has two theories: Denial and Conformity.