The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors

The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors

"The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors" (or "Christianity Before Christ") is an 1875 book written by Kersey Graves. It asserts that Jesus was not an actual person, but was a creation largely based on earlier stories of deities or god-men saviours who had been crucified, and descended to and ascended from the underworld.

It has been noted that Graves derived "many of the most important facts collated in this work" from the comprehensive 1833 work, the "Anacalypsis", by Sir Godfrey Higgins. These works thus present an early variant of what would come to be known as the Jesus myth hypothesis.

The book is often used as a source for many Jesus myth hypothesis writers, including Acharya S, Tom Harpur and John G. Jackson.

Atheist activist Madelyn Murray O'Hair was a fan of the book.

The book's accuracy has been questioned by both Christian [ [http://www.spirithistory.com/kgraves.html Who was Kersey Graves?] , article citing various rebuttal from Christian contemporaries to Graves.] and atheist scholars, [ [http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/richard_carrier/graves.html infidels.org] , review of "The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors" by atheist historian Richard Carrier.] with the general consensus being that the book is unscholarly and unreliable.

ee also

*Historicity of Jesus
*Jesus Christ and mythology
*Jesus myth hypothesis

References

External links

* [http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/cv/wscs/index.htm The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors] , complete text at sacred-texts.com.
* [http://www.infidels.org/library/historical/kersey_graves/16/ The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors] , online edition at infidels.org.
* [http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/richard_carrier/graves.html Kersey Graves and The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors] by Richard Carrier (2003).


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