“God is imaginary”? Really? Part 4: Look at all the historical gods

Continuing in the series of responses to the website “God is imaginary“, this third objection is simply too ludicrous to spend any amount of time thinking articulating an argument against simply because of its superficial nature.

This quote:

The “God” and the “Jesus” that Christians worship today are actually amalgams formed out of ancient pagan gods. The idea of a “virgin birth”, “burial in a rock tomb”, “resurrection after 3 days” and “eating of body and drinking of blood” had nothing to do with Jesus. All of the rituals in Christianity are completely man-made.

sums up the objection adequately. However the response to this objection is found in one of the very sources that is quoted to support the assertion.

The very first source is a Wikipedia article, that has this statement in it:

Scholars have debated a number of broad issues related to the parallels drawn between Jesus and other myths, e.g. the very existence of the category dying-and-rising god was debated throughout the 20th century, most modern scholars questioning the soundness of the category.[5][7] At the end of the 20th century the overall scholarly consensus had emerged against the soundness of the reasoning used to suggest the category.[7] Tryggve Mettinger (who supports the category) states that there is a scholarly consensus that the category is inappropriate from a historical perspective.[8] Scholars such as Kurt Rudolph have stated the reasoning used for the construction of the category has been defective. (my emphasis)[7]

Just a word to those who raise this objection, don’t. It’s bad and has been decisively dealt with in scholarship, making it a failed argument.

Oh, and here’s a debate that pretty well addresses the issue.


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