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Hello Mark

The idea of a living incarnation of a God who is killed and who rises again is not unique at all.

An epithet of ancient Egyptian kings was 'The Living Horus' - a god incarnated in human form.

The belief in Horus as the god resurrected at dawn, Re-Horakhty as the mid-day sun and Osiris as the 'dead' sun - symbolically, of course, once it had slipped beneath the horizon - is just one example.

Belief in - and veneration of - dying and resurrected gods was both widespread and commonplace: Dionysus, Adonis, Attis, Mithra, Tammuz, Osiris and of course, Jesus are all dying and resurrected god-men.

Have you read James George Frazer's The Golden Bough, a study in comparative religion, published in 1890?

It is well worth a read, irrespective of one's own faith - or, in my case, faithlessness.

You could do worse than begin here for an holistic summary of dying and rising deities:

[en.wikipedia.org]

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Are we entering into a post atheistic Age? 1225 drrayeye 17-Apr-19 20:10
Re: Are we entering into a post atheistic Age? 242 Nolondil 17-Apr-19 21:08
Re: Are we entering into a post atheistic Age? 191 drrayeye 17-Apr-19 21:49
Re: Are we entering into a post atheistic Age? 182 Susan Doris 18-Apr-19 16:30
Where are the practicing atheists in the West 178 drrayeye 18-Apr-19 18:44
Re: Where are the practicing atheists in the West 185 Nolondil 19-Apr-19 00:28
Re: Where are the practicing atheists in the West 190 drrayeye 19-Apr-19 04:23
Re: Where are the practicing atheists in the West 176 Susan Doris 19-Apr-19 05:42
Re: Where are the practicing atheists in the West 175 drrayeye 19-Apr-19 12:28
Re: Where are the practicing atheists in the West 175 Susan Doris 20-Apr-19 04:54
Re: Where are the practicing atheists in the West 165 drrayeye 20-Apr-19 07:59
Re: Where are the practicing atheists in the West 160 Susan Doris 20-Apr-19 13:49
Re: Where are the practicing atheists in the West 158 drrayeye 20-Apr-19 14:17
Re: Where are the practicing atheists in the West 162 Susan Doris 20-Apr-19 16:43
In other words 158 drrayeye 20-Apr-19 17:11
Re: In other words 167 PB Bytes 20-Apr-19 17:42
Re: In other words 157 Eddie Larry 20-Apr-19 18:23
Re: In other words 164 drrayeye 20-Apr-19 18:40
Re: In other words 165 PB Bytes 20-Apr-19 19:39
Re: In other words 159 Itatw70s 20-Apr-19 21:50
Re: In other words 158 drrayeye 20-Apr-19 23:39
Re: In other words 155 Susan Doris 21-Apr-19 06:14
Real atheists 155 drrayeye 27-Apr-19 05:55
Re: Real atheists 157 Susan Doris 27-Apr-19 10:31
Re: Real atheists 142 drrayeye 27-Apr-19 17:05
Re: In other words 160 Susan Doris 21-Apr-19 06:07
Re: In other words 156 drrayeye 21-Apr-19 06:16
Re: In other words 166 Susan Doris 21-Apr-19 06:20
Re: In other words 161 drrayeye 21-Apr-19 06:27
Re: In other words 152 Susan Doris 21-Apr-19 07:43
Re: In other words 163 Susan Doris 21-Apr-19 04:51
Re: In other words 157 drrayeye 21-Apr-19 06:21
Re: In other words 159 Susan Doris 21-Apr-19 07:50
Re: In other words 161 Itatw70s 24-Apr-19 23:41
Re: In other words 156 drrayeye 25-Apr-19 00:33
Re: In other words 163 Susan Doris 25-Apr-19 04:56
Re: In other words 156 Itatw70s 25-Apr-19 22:40
Re: In other words 160 Susan Doris 26-Apr-19 05:28
Re: In other words 156 Itatw70s 26-Apr-19 12:55
Re: In other words 154 Eddie Larry 26-Apr-19 16:19
Re: Are we entering into a post atheistic Age? 198 eyeofhorus33 17-Apr-19 21:48
Re: Are we entering into a post atheistic Age? 174 drrayeye 17-Apr-19 22:00
Re: Are we entering into a post atheistic Age? 182 Itatw70s 18-Apr-19 00:03
Re: Are we entering into a post atheistic Age? 174 drrayeye 18-Apr-19 00:40
Re: Are we entering into a post atheistic Age? 170 Susan Doris 18-Apr-19 16:37
Beyond a response to the topic 173 drrayeye 18-Apr-19 17:04
Atheism was forbidden throughout much of history but it quietly co-existed and outlives the long-dead gods. 177 drrayeye 18-Apr-19 17:45
Re: Atheism was forbidden throughout much of history but it quietly co-existed and outlives the long-dead gods. 173 Susan Doris 19-Apr-19 05:50
Lots of evidence for historical, philosophical atheism Ray 162 eyeofhorus33 21-Apr-19 07:41
Re: Lots of evidence for historical, philosophical atheism Ray 165 Susan Doris 21-Apr-19 07:54
Good for you 159 drrayeye 21-Apr-19 11:08
Re: Good for you 155 Susan Doris 21-Apr-19 12:51
Evangelistic atheism 162 drrayeye 21-Apr-19 15:11
Re: Evangelistic atheism 158 Susan Doris 21-Apr-19 17:35
The pagan origins of Easter 164 eyeofhorus33 21-Apr-19 17:44
We're not pagans any more 158 drrayeye 21-Apr-19 19:15
Erm ... 171 eyeofhorus33 21-Apr-19 21:24
Re: Erm ... 155 drrayeye 21-Apr-19 22:17
Re: Erm ... 158 Itatw70s 21-Apr-19 23:09
Spirituality of supposed pagans 161 drrayeye 22-Apr-19 00:01
Re: Spirituality of supposed pagans 159 Itatw70s 22-Apr-19 00:09
Re: Spirituality of supposed pagans 165 Susan Doris 22-Apr-19 07:41
Re: We're not pagans any more 154 Itatw70s 25-Apr-19 00:25
Defining atheism 172 eyeofhorus33 21-Apr-19 17:33
Re: Defining atheism 160 drrayeye 21-Apr-19 19:18
Re: Defining atheism 161 Itatw70s 25-Apr-19 22:52
Why Shdeldrake? 151 drrayeye 26-Apr-19 03:30
Re: Why Shdeldrake? 149 Itatw70s 26-Apr-19 13:52
Re: Why Shdeldrake? 160 drrayeye 26-Apr-19 16:47
Re: Why Shdeldrake? 151 Itatw70s 26-Apr-19 18:29
Re: Why Not Shdeldrake? 150 Itatw70s 27-Apr-19 00:33
Re: Why Not Shdeldrake? 154 drrayeye 27-Apr-19 01:12
Re: Why Not Shdeldrake? 158 Itatw70s 27-Apr-19 18:48
Re: Why Not Shdeldrake? Ray, personal message. 160 Itatw70s 28-Apr-19 00:01
Re: Why Not Shdeldrake? Ray, personal message. 156 drrayeye 28-Apr-19 05:48
Re: Why Not Shdeldrake? Ray, personal message. 152 Itatw70s 28-Apr-19 16:18
Re: Why Not Shdeldrake? Ray, personal message. 148 drrayeye 28-Apr-19 22:27
Re: Why Not Shdeldrake? Ray, personal message. 155 Itatw70s 28-Apr-19 23:48
I'm a dualist 148 drrayeye 29-Apr-19 05:48
Re: I'm a dualist 253 Itatw70s 29-Apr-19 11:50
Re: Are we entering into a post atheistic Age? 167 PB Bytes 20-Apr-19 16:08
Re: Are we entering into a post atheistic Age? 163 Eddie Larry 20-Apr-19 20:39
Re: Are we entering into a post atheistic Age? 156 Itatw70s 20-Apr-19 22:00
Re: Are we entering into a post atheistic Age? 156 Eddie Larry 20-Apr-19 22:06
Re: Are we entering into a post atheistic Age? 157 Itatw70s 20-Apr-19 22:40
The Jesus narrative 162 PB Bytes 21-Apr-19 15:57
Re: The Jesus narrative 159 Eddie Larry 21-Apr-19 16:38
Re: The Jesus narrative 160 PB Bytes 21-Apr-19 19:47
Re: The Jesus narrative 151 Eddie Larry 21-Apr-19 19:56
Re: The Jesus narrative 161 PB Bytes 21-Apr-19 20:38
It isn't unique 179 eyeofhorus33 21-Apr-19 19:16
again 163 drrayeye 21-Apr-19 19:24
Yes and no, Ray 179 eyeofhorus33 21-Apr-19 19:41
Re: Yes and no, Ray 154 PB Bytes 21-Apr-19 19:57
Re: Yes and no, Ray 164 drrayeye 21-Apr-19 21:46
Re: Yes and no, Ray 158 Eddie Larry 22-Apr-19 01:18
Re: It isn't unique 155 PB Bytes 21-Apr-19 19:52
Re: The Jesus narrative 157 Itatw70s 21-Apr-19 20:01
Re: The Jesus narrative 153 PB Bytes 21-Apr-19 20:35
Re: The Jesus narrative 153 Itatw70s 21-Apr-19 21:13
Re: Are we entering into a post atheistic Age? - No 174 Eddie Larry 18-Apr-19 15:03
Read the OP 169 drrayeye 18-Apr-19 15:20
Re: Read the OP 177 Eddie Larry 18-Apr-19 16:18
The evidence and the claim 176 drrayeye 18-Apr-19 16:52
Re: The evidence and the claim 172 Itatw70s 18-Apr-19 23:30
Re: Ethnic distinctions 175 Nolondil 19-Apr-19 00:24
Re: Ethnic distinctions 176 Itatw70s 19-Apr-19 16:36
The blue spheres? 172 grangram 19-Apr-19 10:31
The conversation is different 166 drrayeye 20-Apr-19 23:54
Re: The conversation is different 165 Eddie Larry 21-Apr-19 04:04
In my experience 169 drrayeye 21-Apr-19 06:25
Re: In mhy experience 160 Eddie Larry 21-Apr-19 14:52
Re: In my experience 149 drrayeye 21-Apr-19 15:26
Re: In my experience 147 Eddie Larry 21-Apr-19 16:43
no consternation 157 drrayeye 21-Apr-19 19:30
Re: no consternation 151 Itatw70s 21-Apr-19 22:32
Purpose of this thread 161 drrayeye 21-Apr-19 23:54
Re: Purpose of this thread 163 Susan Doris 22-Apr-19 07:07
Rupert's suggestion 159 drrayeye 22-Apr-19 11:50
Re: Rupert's suggestion 149 Susan Doris 22-Apr-19 14:25
Not quite 156 drrayeye 22-Apr-19 16:04
Re: Not quite 155 Susan Doris 22-Apr-19 18:38
self fulfilling prophecies 157 drrayeye 22-Apr-19 23:34
Re: Purpose of this thread 157 Nolondil 22-Apr-19 18:42
Re: Purpose of this thread 160 drrayeye 22-Apr-19 23:30
Rupert's suggestions 158 Itatw70s 25-Apr-19 23:09
That's not what I asked 148 drrayeye 26-Apr-19 03:25
Re: That's not what I asked 162 Itatw70s 26-Apr-19 14:16
Re: That's not what I asked 151 Susan Doris 26-Apr-19 14:57
Re: That's not what I asked 145 Itatw70s 26-Apr-19 17:01
Real atheists 146 drrayeye 26-Apr-19 22:57
Re: Real atheists 150 Susan Doris 27-Apr-19 05:08
There must be 50 ways 149 drrayeye 27-Apr-19 06:40
Re: There must be 50 ways 153 Susan Doris 27-Apr-19 10:35
Re: That's not what I asked 152 drrayeye 26-Apr-19 16:51
Re: no consternation 161 Eddie Larry 22-Apr-19 23:36
Re: no consternation 152 Susan Doris 23-Apr-19 05:15
Re: no consternation 153 drrayeye 23-Apr-19 12:33
Re: no consternation 151 Susan Doris 23-Apr-19 15:56
My mother 151 drrayeye 23-Apr-19 19:04
Re: My mother 155 Eddie Larry 23-Apr-19 20:33
Re: My mother 162 drrayeye 23-Apr-19 21:10
Re: My mother 156 Eddie Larry 23-Apr-19 21:27
Re: My mother 146 drrayeye 24-Apr-19 05:58
'Objective" to a scientist 148 drrayeye 24-Apr-19 10:34
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 153 Susan Doris 24-Apr-19 15:51
Was for Eddie 156 drrayeye 24-Apr-19 18:54
Re: Was for Eddie 150 Susan Doris 25-Apr-19 05:10
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 166 Eddie Larry 24-Apr-19 19:55
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 154 drrayeye 25-Apr-19 00:14
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 144 Eddie Larry 25-Apr-19 02:12
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 154 Susan Doris 25-Apr-19 05:18
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 155 greengirl5 25-Apr-19 13:33
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 150 Susan Doris 25-Apr-19 13:48
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 145 greengirl5 26-Apr-19 06:44
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 149 Susan Doris 26-Apr-19 07:03
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 148 greengirl5 26-Apr-19 13:19
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 148 Susan Doris 26-Apr-19 15:09
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 153 PB Bytes 26-Apr-19 16:18
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 145 Susan Doris 26-Apr-19 17:26
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 161 PB Bytes 26-Apr-19 18:43
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 158 Susan Doris 26-Apr-19 16:29
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 154 PB Bytes 26-Apr-19 16:59
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 150 Susan Doris 27-Apr-19 12:38
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 151 PB Bytes 27-Apr-19 13:53
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 138 Eddie Larry 27-Apr-19 14:00
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 149 PB Bytes 27-Apr-19 14:21
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 143 Susan Doris 27-Apr-19 16:46
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 146 Susan Doris 27-Apr-19 17:16
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 149 PB Bytes 27-Apr-19 19:37
Re: 'Objective" to a scientist 150 PB Bytes 27-Apr-19 18:50
This off topic line of thinking 148 drrayeye 26-Apr-19 17:17
Re: This off topic line of thinking 148 Susan Doris 26-Apr-19 17:50
lack of belief in a god 143 greengirl5 26-Apr-19 22:57
Einstein and God 149 greengirl5 26-Apr-19 22:45
Where did it go? - Re: Einstein and God 148 greengirl5 27-Apr-19 08:54
Re: My mother 152 Susan Doris 24-Apr-19 05:11
Re: My mother 159 Eddie Larry 25-Apr-19 02:18
Defending science on the science board 152 drrayeye 23-Apr-19 06:46
Re: In my experience 177 Susan Doris 21-Apr-19 17:48
Re: In my experience 166 eyeofhorus33 21-Apr-19 18:14
Re: In my experience 164 Itatw70s 21-Apr-19 18:34
No idea what you are talking about 166 eyeofhorus33 21-Apr-19 19:24
Re: No idea what you are talking about 159 Itatw70s 21-Apr-19 19:51
My Christian way 156 drrayeye 21-Apr-19 19:37
Your Christian way 166 eyeofhorus33 21-Apr-19 21:05
Re: Your Christian way 153 Itatw70s 21-Apr-19 21:42
Re: Your Christian way 166 Susan Doris 22-Apr-19 08:50
Re: Your Christian way 151 greengirl5 25-Apr-19 13:30
Re: Your Christian way 150 Susan Doris 25-Apr-19 13:51
Re: Your Christian way 144 greengirl5 25-Apr-19 22:37
An honest answer 170 drrayeye 21-Apr-19 22:44
Re: An honest answer 157 Susan Doris 22-Apr-19 09:10
Easter eggs 156 greengirl5 23-Apr-19 15:20
Re: Easter eggs 164 Eddie Larry 23-Apr-19 15:33
Re: Easter eggs 156 greengirl5 23-Apr-19 22:34
Re: Easter eggs 158 Eddie Larry 23-Apr-19 22:43
In other words ... 190 eyeofhorus33 22-Apr-19 18:53
Maybe 169 drrayeye 22-Apr-19 23:19
Re: Maybe 179 Susan Doris 23-Apr-19 05:03
Re: Maybe 151 drrayeye 25-Apr-19 13:53
Re: Maybe 156 Susan Doris 25-Apr-19 15:05
What this thread has been about 168 drrayeye 25-Apr-19 17:00
Re: What this thread has been about 171 Susan Doris 25-Apr-19 17:22
Yes - ! Re: Are we entering into a post atheistic Age? 207 greengirl5 25-Apr-19 00:17
Re: Are we entering into a post atheistic Age? 168 Susan Doris 26-Apr-19 06:06


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