Mithraism and Mythicism

Mithraism and Mythicism December 27, 2012

Mithras is one of the more popular figures for Jesus mythicists to point to as having been the precursor to and inspiration for everything Christians eventually believed about Jesus. There have been numerous attempts to address the misinformation about bogus and slim parallels online. But since the claims continue to be made (much as creationist misinformation continues to circulate with no apparent effect of its having been debunked on countless occasions), I thought I would mention a couple of Mithras-related resources that came to my attention in the past couple of days.

One is Roger Pearse's online materials related to Mithras, including a page specifically dedicated to Mithraism and Christianity.

The other is a podcast from the BBC radio show “In Our Time” with Melvyn Bragg about Mithras.

If pointing mythicists to actual information about Mithras and Mithraism fails to have an effect, I suggest that a back-up approach be to simply say that mythicism itself derives from Mithraism. Surely the similarity in the names is no coincidence…


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