I’ve recently been in a discussion online with some people who believe that Jesus is merely a myth, copied from earlier pagan myths. I want to use this post to entice mythers to come forward with primary sources from pagan mythology that support that claim. I also want it to be known that even if it were the case that there were parallels, correlation does not necessitate causation, and one must build a case for causation. Dr. Mike Licona mentions this in the video below, too.
Here’s a link to various responses to the pagan myth claims: http://www.alwaysbeready.com/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=124
Lastly, there are a couple good articles found in Come Let Us Reason (Nashville: B&H, 2012). Mary Jo Sharp has written one, “Does the Story of Jesus Mimic Pagan Mystery Stories?” and Mark W. Foreman also has a good one, “Challenging the Zeitgeist Movie: Parallelomania on Steroids.”
So, it seems simple enough: provide for me some examples from primary sources on the parallels, and illustrate the correlation is also causation … and voila! I’m looking forward to your comments.