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There is not an attempt in Part 1 to prove the validity of miracles or the historicity of these gods (although see Part 2: The Evidence for Jesus).
If one has taken a mythology or comparative religions or humanities class these gods would be talked about.Bible Verses About Relationships - Your relationship with God is vital to your Christian walk, but your dating life, the health of your marriage, and your family relationships also reflect on your personal walk with the Lord.Pagan Parallel "Saviors" Examined Adonis | Attis | Baal | Bacchus | Balder | Beddru | Devatat | Dionysos | Hermes | Horus | Krishna | Mithras | Orpheus | Osiris | Tammuz | Thor | Zoroaster see also Part 2: The Evidence for Jesus The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors? The "Parallel Pagan" Gods (17 listed above) Conclusion: Christianity versus Pagan "Mystery" Religions Sources and Links This is a detailed response to the claim that there are many parallel pagan gods and "crucified saviors" that rival Christianity's founder Jesus Christ.Flemming's commentary dealing with his past Protestant fundamentalism, dispensationalism (the "Rapture"), Mel Gibson's bloody Passion of the Christ, statements from evangelical pentecostal preachers and the so-called "Religious/Christian right" while sometimes interesting, are irrelevant to historical Christianty, so I will ignore those.Overlaying the background graphic is a scrolling list of "Some Attributes of Previous Saviors": The argument is that since these same things are reported about deities of rival religions that pre-date the Christian religion (we'll see below that few if any even make such claims), therefore the New Testament and historical Christianity simply "copied" these elements from the non-Christian pagan religions.All the pagan names linked above appear in a scrolling background graphic of the DVD "The God Who Wasn't There" produced by amateur filmmaker and former fundamentalist Brian Flemming.
The DVD makes two major anti-Christian assertions: (1) Jesus of Nazareth didn't exist as a person in history (also called "mythicism"); and (2) the events of Christ's life in the Gospels were copied from "previous saviors" of non-Christian pagan religions.
And Robert Price from the DVD: "There are other similar savior figures in the same neighborhood, at the same time in history: Mithras, Attis, Adonis, Osiris, Tammuz, and so forth.
And nobody thinks that these characters are anything but mythical.
It should be noted that professional skeptic and historian Richard Carrier (featured in Flemming's DVD) has disavowed Kersey Graves as a reliable source and doesn't think much of the "parallel pagan" gods in Flemming's list.
The supposed "parallels" either post-date Christianity's founding, or there is no good historical evidence in support of the "copycat" idea, or the "parallel" is simply mistaken.
This article (Part 1) will answer the second claim; Part 2 will answer the first on historicity and the reliability of the New Testament.