Here's a neat comment someone posted at Freethought Nation:
Thanks for updating The Origins of Christianity article Acharya S. I notice that the sources that gave you so much grief over the years since 1999 (Kersey Graves etc) have been removed and replaced with highly respected sources making your article more solid than before. AND, you haven't backed away from anything ... rather, you've actually added more to it and strengthened your case.
Would you say that your new book,The Christ Myth Anthology is an updated version of The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever SOLD from 1999? That's a genius idea - a 2nd edition.
Keep 'em coming!
You're the best!
Yes, The Christ Myth Anthology will be essentially a revised edition of Christ Con. CMA includes not only relevant excerpts from my older works but also articles published online and in magazines, as well as much brand new material. I have gotten rid of most of the old sources that were problematic and am using "more respectable" ones, as well as going to the primary sources wherever possible. And practical, as that is a VERY time-consuming process, especially in the case of Indian texts - phew!
As you say, I've actually been able to strengthen my case using these other sources, as they include even more parallels, for one thing.
Take a look at the sections on Buddha and Krishna in my news "Origins" article, for example.
Here are the lists, all carefully cited from credentialed sources, a number of whom are Christian authorities - do these motifs sound familiar?Buddha
• Like Jesus, Buddha was a divine being, pre-existent in "heaven" before taking birth.
• Buddha was born of the virgin Maya, who was considered the "Queen of Heaven."
• He was of royal descent and was a prince.
• At his birth appeared a "marvelous and powerful light."
• After Buddha was born, a "slaughter of the infants was ordered by the tyrant Bimbasara..."
• When Buddha was a babe, a saint prophesied he would be great, as did Simeon concerning Christ (Lk 2:25-35).
• As a child he taught his teachers.
• Buddha was presented in the temple, where "the idols fell down before him."
• He began his quest for enlightenment at age 29.
• He crushed a serpent's head.
• Buddha was tempted by Mara, the evil one, who offered him "universal dominion."
• Sakyamuni Buddha had 12 disciples and traveled about preaching.
• He reformed and prohibited idolatry, was a "sower of the word," and preached "the establishment of a kingdom of righteousness."
• He performed miracles and wonders, healed the sick, fed 500 men from a "small basket of cakes," and helps a disciple walk on water.
• He preached a "sermon on the mount" and taught chastity, temperance, tolerance, compassion, love, and the equality of all.
• He was transfigured on a mount.
• Buddha was received in his native city with a triumphal welcome.
• He was betrayed by a disciple, who led others to kill him.
• Some of his persecutors became his disciples.
• A tremendous earthquake occurred upon Buddha's death.
• Buddha was crucified, suffered for three days in hell, and was resurrected.
• He ascended to Nirvana or "heaven."
• Buddha was considered the "Good Shepherd," the "Carpenter," the "Infinite and Everlasting" and the "Great Physician."
• He was the "Savior of the World" and the "Light of the World." Krishna
• Krishna is an incarnation of the sun god Vishnu, who rises or awakens on the winter solstice.
• Krishna was born in a stable of the "virgin" Devaki ("Divine One")
• He was of royal descent and was a prince.
• Krishna is the "King of the Yadus."
• Like the cave-born Christ of tradition, Krishna was born in a "cave-like dungeon."
• Upon birth, the baby Krishna, was placed in a "basket for winnowing corn; in other words, a manger."
• Great signs and wonders occurred at Krishna's birth, including the appearance of a bright star.
• His birth was attended by angels, wise men and shepherds, and he was presented with gifts, including gold and incense.
• His foster father was in the city to pay taxes when Krishna was born.
• The hero-god was persecuted by a tyrant who ordered the slaughter of infants.
• The infant Krishna was carried across a river.
• As a young boy, he worked miracles and wonders, and was hailed as a divine incarnation.
• He was worshipped by shepherds as a god.
• Krishna was "tempted" in the wilderness by "various fiends," before crushing the serpent's head.
• He raised a child from the dead and healed lepers, the deaf and the blind.
• Krishna preached faith "in God's love to man and in his mercy and forgiveness of sins arising therefrom."
• Krishna miraculously fed the multitudes.
• "He lived poor and he loved the poor," humbly washing the feet of guests.
• Like Jesus, Krishna continually manifested his divinity and then denied it.
• He was transfigured in front of his disciples.
• Krishna was anointed with oil by a woman bearing a jar of ointment.
• Krishna had a beloved disciple named Arjuna or "Ar-jouan."
• A fig or banyan tree figures prominently in Krishna's myth, as the god is depicted approaching a fig tree, where he "utters a sort of parable."
• Tradition holds that Krishna died after being shot in the foot while under a (fig) tree, leading to claims he was pinned against the tree by an arrow or "crucified."
• After his death, he ascended to heaven, where he lives on.
• Krishna descended into hell to rescue others.
• As Vishnu, he is the god "who incarnates himself when sin threatens to take the upper hand in the world, and destroys it."
• Krishna is "a personal savior, a messianic deliverer who will bring all men and women salvation if only they choose to give Him their devotion."
• Krishna is called the "Shepherd God," "Lord of the god of gods" and "Lord of lords," and was considered the "Redeemer," "Firstborn," "Sin Bearer," "Liberator," and "Universal Word."
• As Vishnu, he is the second person of the Trinity, considered the "Beginning, the Middle and the End," ("Alpha and Omega"), as well as being omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent.
• His disciples shouted the words "Jai Shri Krishna," meaning "Victory to Lord Krishna."
• A future incarnation of Vishnu is the Kalki avatar, who will arrive riding a white horse and destroy the wicked.