On the Facebook feed for the Richard Dawkins Foundation (RDFRS), a post that was a copy of information from the Zeitgeist movie was sent to everyone that likes the RDFRS:
The information is inaccurate, and not helped by the fact that December 25th was not universally recognised in the Calender during the hey day of these deities.
It took me a few moments to realise that the above photo had inaccuracies – for a moment it looked like a great Christmas Card.
[The creator – name removed at their request] has painstakingly researched what is stated in the above photo. Their research is shown below:
I would hope that when debunking religion people do know their stuff. The excuse for this being posted to freethinkers who would know this was not entirely accurate was that it came from credible sites. That is rather a weak argument from a rational, free thinking organisation. Evidence is what we need, not assertions no matter how regarded the source might be.
However, people are still prepared to defend Zeitgeist and you can find their source book here.
There are enough myths that predate Christ to make the extraordinary claims of his life unoriginal. There is no need to embellish such details. Personally, I think taking the supernatural away from Jesus, and emphasising the human makes his ministry and ethics more interesting for the time he lived in.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog