The Pagan Roots of Christianity: An Orthodox Christian Reply (Mina Fouad Tawfike, 2011)

Note: This paper was written in Arabic and Translated into English

In the introduction of his book “The Pagan Origins of Christianity” Andre Knighton wrote: “…. The Catholic Church did not recognize her pagan roots and origins up to this day…… the time has come to look today at Christianity in the light of the emerging studies on paganism”1

In fact, the first to put these theories is Godfrey Higgins (1772-1833), followed by Kersey Graves, who published his famous book “The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors”, in 1875, after that, there have been writings by John G. Jackson , Tom Harpur , Acharya S , and others.

But the accuracy and validity of the information of these writings had been questioned not only by Christian scholars, but also by atheists, with the general consensus that these writings are non-scientific and non-credible, and among those who issued these books including Higgins, none of them is specialized in history or theology or religions, or even ancient civilizations.

This theory, which is called the copycat, (means: copy or imitation) is trying to put all the similarities between Jesus and Horus, Attis, Krishna, Mithra and Dionysius and others, on the basis that Christianity had adapted the personal details and the life of Jesus from them.

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PART ONE: HORUS

PART TWO: MITHRAS

PART THREE: 25TH DECEMBER & CELEBRATION OF SOL INVICTUS

The full article can be read here:

The main books the author is rebutting are:

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Godfrey Higgins: Anacalypsis [2 Volumes] (1833):

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Kelsey Graves: The World’s 16 Crucified Saviors (1875):

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John G. Jackson: Christianity Before Christ (1985):

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Acharya S.: The Christ Conspiracy-The Greatest Story Ever Sold (1999):

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