Jesus – The Imaginary Friend

Forget the fairy story. Many currents fed the Jesus myth, like streams and tributaries joining to form a major river. As Christianity cut its way through the centuries it became a very murky and dangerous torrent, sweeping away civilizations and all who stood in its way.

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He who has ears
Let him hear!

No man behind the myth!

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Fathered by a God,
worker of miraculous cures,
raised the dead Asclepius.






Ubiquitous sun-god

'You say we worship the sun; so do you.'

Tertullian, Church Father (160-220 AD),  'Ad nationes',







Christianity the ultimate product of religious syncretism in the ancient world.









"Jesus will have to take his place with the host of other demigods whose fancied lives and deeds make up the mythology of the world."



Serapis – Greco-Egyptian version of Zeus that was supplanted by Jesus

Picture Essay

Religious fusion in Ancient Egypt  – Alexandria, the breeding ground of cults

Christianity was the ultimate product of religious syncretism in the ancient world. Its emergence owed nothing to a holy carpenter. From the age of the Ptolemies, Alexandria was the cooking pot of religious fusion and the land of Egypt provided many of the themes and much of the detail for what later emerged as "Christianity".



Jesus ben Phiabi, Jesus ben Sec, Jesus ben Damneus, Jesus ben Gamaliel...

 A Surfeit of Jesuses! – (But NOT one from Nazareth)

Do you really think it all began with a sanctimonious Jewish wonder-worker, strolling about 1st century Palestine? Prepare to be enlightened. There were many Jesuses but the fable was a cultural construct (and following a star would lead you in circles!)




The Birthing of a Godman - Unbelievable in Every Word

A pregnant virgin, a new star in the sky, birth announcements that somehow reach all the way to wise men from the east, a flight to Egypt and a massacre of babies? If it all sounds too outrageous to be true that's because it is.




The Birthing of a Godman - Elaboration of a myth

A pretty tale foretold? A virgin birth? A census and a stable? Not on your life.


Garden frolics?

The Genealogies of Jesus – How the godman was given a bogus pedigree

The genealogies of Jesus are pious fiction. Matthew was the first to introduce ancestry into the Jesus story and the writer had a Jewish, not a universal, audience in mind. Matthew tied his Jesus to the Hebrew patriarchs and began his yarn with the mythical Abraham.

Luke pushed his alternative Jesus genealogy all the way back to the first man Adam, in keeping with his idea of a saviour for all mankind.



Jesus lived where?

 Nazareth – The Town that Theology Built

The evidence for a 1st century town of Nazareth does not exist! – It is an imaginary city for an imaginary godman. Nazareth did not exist in the 1st century AD – the area was a burial ground of rock-cut tombs.



Love? Jesus threatened retribution to his enemies.

Jesus Christ The Neighbour from Hell

If you think the godman was "perfect" and only the Church was a disaster, better check this out. With multiple authors behind the original gospel story it is no surprise that the figure of "Jesus" is a mess of contradictions.

Fund raiser extraordinaire.

  The Good Christian? All in the Mind (Jesus and his goodness, that is!)

Are Christians any better than anyone else? And just what is the truth about that modern saint Mother Teresa?


The fishy twelve

  The "12 Apostles" – Fabricated followers of a fabricated Saviour

The twelve disciples are as fictitious as their master, invented to legitimise the claims of the early churches. Around the non-existent godman inventive minds fabricated the phantom lives and heroic deaths of a gang of Jesus groupies.



Mother and child, pagan style.

Mary, Mary ... The Mythical Virgin Mother of Jesus

The original Mary was not a virgin. That idea was taken from pagan goddesses. Vesta, Diana, Artemis, Isis – the pagan world knew all about virgins getting pregnant by randy gods. In the gospels, the shadowy figure of Mary, destined to become the most pre-eminent of all the saints and Queen of Heaven, at best, is a two-dimensional nonentity. But a few centuries of creative story telling fused all the paraphernalia of pagan myths into the Christian one and fashioned a handmaiden for the Church of Rome.



The End is Nigh (for Jesus) – A History of "Jesus Denial" 

Scholars have been revealing the truth about Christian origins for more than 200 years. With vast interests to protect Christian apologists repeatedly declare the "Jesus myth is dead" but in the 21st century the unmasking of biblical fraud has gone further than ever before.


Jesus packs them in.

Christian 'Apologetics' – Fundamentally flawed

Priestcraft is a highly profitable business and finances an industry of deceit to keep the show on the road. The supposed 'evidence' of Jesus's existence fills many volumes. The desire for quick-fix salvation and something easy on the brain cells allows the $ multi-billion industry of religion to exploit a general ignorance of science and history. Suspect logic, semantic trickery, and a showman's pizzazz deceives the unsophisticated and packs in the fans of Jesus.


Tropaeum – ceremonial  stake on which the Romans displayed captured armour.

Did Julius Caesar Exist? Do you Exist?

Nailing that nonsense about ancient evidence. "Jesus better documented than any other ancient figure" ? Don't believe a word of it. Unlike the mythical Jesus, a real historical figure like Julius Caesar has a mass of mutually supporting evidence.


The god who never was.


Nailing Jesus – Demolishing the Messiah Myth

Christianity, like all religious movements, was born from myth-making and many currents fed the myth, including astrological speculation, pagan salvation cults, Hellenistic hero worship, and the imperial cult itself, manufactured at precisely the "time of Jesus", with its own sacrificed saviour (Divus Iulius), its own gospel of a son of god (Res Gestae Divi Augusti), its own priests and temples, established in the very same urban centres which later witnessed the emergence of early Christianity.

The truth is that Christianity grew from neither a god nor a man but out of what had gone before; a human Jesus was no more necessary than was a human Horus, Dionysos, Mithras, or Attis. Can we explain the emergence of Christianity without its humanoid superstar? Of course we can.






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