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Does Christianity really derive its roots from other religions?

#1HeroicSomaCruzPosted 3/21/2014 7:58:16 PM
I remember studying on the Hellinistic culture in my History class when I was a college Sophomore. It had elements of gods, heaven, and hell as well. How much did Christianity use from preceding religions?
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#2OrangeWizardPosted 3/21/2014 8:03:17 PM(edited)
It got a ton from what Judaism was at the time.
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#3JonWood007Posted 3/21/2014 8:12:57 PM(edited)
Yep. And Judaism before it. Most of the OT was taken from near eastern myths like the epic of gilgamesh and the enuma elish.

And yes, Christianity drew heavily on hellenism and the like. Although its biggest influence was judaism...since it is literally an offshoot of it.

Some even argue the story of Christ himself was ripped off of other stories...although this is generally pushed more by sensational atheists promoting the whole zeitgeist movement than by actual scholars.
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#4IvashankoPosted 3/21/2014 8:51:41 PM
Part of the confusion is that Christianity heavily influenced other doctrines in the regions (Mithras, for instance, changed from being born out of a rock to being born from a virgin mother out of response to Christianity, while Cybele's husband Attis actually went through his own death and being reborn in three days sometimes in the 3rd century), and many earlier scholars (even those writing in the third century) believed the changes were from an earlier time. It has taken scholars centuries to untangle these individuals points.
#5Polish_CrusaderPosted 3/21/2014 9:05:09 PM
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#6Al-UzzaPosted 3/21/2014 11:14:08 PM
Jesus Christ you're terrible.
#7GuideToTheDarkPosted 3/21/2014 11:34:05 PM(edited)
I'd say you're being terribly disrespectful, but in a certain way I respect your honesty, regardless of how ridiculous I find the reasoning behind those statements.
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#8TheRealJiraiyaPosted 3/22/2014 12:24:56 AM
I just skim threads like these for Zeitgeist references I can rebut
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#9SSj4WingzeroPosted 3/22/2014 5:12:59 AM
JonWood007 posted...
Yep. And Judaism before it. Most of the OT was taken from near eastern myths like the epic of gilgamesh and the enuma elish.

And yes, Christianity drew heavily on hellenism and the like. Although its biggest influence was judaism...since it is literally an offshoot of it.

Some even argue the story of Christ himself was ripped off of other stories...although this is generally pushed more by sensational atheists promoting the whole zeitgeist movement than by actual scholars.


Largely discredited Zeitgeist movement...it's so funny to see someone bring up anything from that documentary on this board since even the atheists will shred it in seconds.
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#10master_gamr1231Posted 3/22/2014 8:48:24 AM
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Aww, now I really wanna know what he said...
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