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If that video was an overstatement of the ideas that it argues, your response to it is definitely an understatement. :P

The early church fathers recognized the problem presented by this kind of information and tried to account for it. I have seen them respond to these kinds of similarities by suggesting that Satan knew what Jesus was going to be like in advance so he created all of these earlier pagan deities with the same kinds of stories (virgin births, born on or around the winter solstice [ie, Christmas], deity or son of a deity, teacher, etc.), but I have never seen the problem addressed by modern scholars. The implications of this would run much deeper than what the Yale professor is discussing in the video in the OP, and surely he has come across the information before. So I wonder how he handles it.

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