The Origins Of Christian Mythology

Why it’s so different from its precursor Judaism and its successor Islam and why it will play an increasing role in the near future

Allan Milne Lees

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Very few people who think the Christian mythology is actually real have even the most slender knowledge about how it came into existence. Like all mythologies before and since, Christianity emerged in reaction to social forces that were changing society in dramatic ways. Just as humanity invented Industrial-Age religions (Marxism, Freudianism, Nationalism) to “explain” the enormous changes created by mechanization, so too did Axial-Age people invent new religions to help them cope with the dramatic changes that resulted from the spread of Greco-Roman civilization across western Europe. Christianity was just one of several inventions, but for various reasons it was the only one that truly succeeded with the great mass of ordinary people.

Yet Christianity is an incoherent mashup of conflicting systems of belief and is from an intellectual perspective a complete failure. Moreover, while seeming to descend from the Israelite tribal god which itself was a mashup of at least three precursor deities, Christianity was shaped by elements that are totally alien to semitic beliefs and has in fact very little to do with the god worshipped by Abraham and…

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Allan Milne Lees

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