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|Amateur >||Pagan Origins||Hablo Greek-o|
Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth
The best popular book introducing Christianity's Pagan Origins, arguing that Christianity developed from a Pagan Mystery Religion (a thesis dating back to the nineteenth century). Well written, well organized, easy to read. Recommended
Whether or not you accept the conclusion, the early chapters laying out the basic facts about Pagan / Christian connections will change your understanding of Christian origins and the history of Western thought.
Amateur scholarship For some reason (media buzz?) Freke and Gandy give the impression the Pagan Origins was something they discovered themselves—which is nuts, and which for me cripples their credibility. Still, the most focused and readable book on the subject in print.
Origins of Pagan and Christian Beliefs
by Edward Carpenter
good an readable introduction to the Pagan Origins, widely cited, first
published in 1920.
The savior-God and the Virgin Mother
Solar myths and Christian Festivals
Totem-sacraments and Eucharist
Pagan Initiations and the second birth
The ancient mysteries
Christ Conspiracy: The
Greatest Story Ever Sold
by Acharya S
shrill and unreliable romp through scholarly and wacko theories of
Christianity's Pagan origins. Amateur scholarship all the way. I'm
including it because people like it, not because I think it's worth
your time. Go nuts.