There are 2.1 billion Christians on the planet – roughly one third of the entire human population. At the heart of their religion is the New Testament and the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. To Christianity, the written word is the glue that binds the faith of its followers. So, what if it could be proven that Jesus never existed? What if there was evidence that every word of the New Testament – the cornerstone of Christianity – is based on myth and metaphor? The Pagan Christ investigates these very questions.
National Bestselling author Tom Harpur discovered that the New Testament is wholly based on Egyptian mythology, that Jesus Christ never lived, and that – indeed – the text was always meant to be read allegorically. It was the founders of the Church who duped the world into taking a literal approach to the scriptures. And, according to Harpur, this was their fatal error – and the very reason Christianity is struggling today. Countering this controversial theory are religious scholars Dr. Ward Gasque and Dr. Stanley Porter. They claim that Jesus was undeniably a historical figure and strongly disagree with Harpur’s Pagan view of the origin of Christianity, offering a more Biblical view of events.
The mission of The Pagan Christ is not to accelerate Christianity’s slow demise, but to breathe new life into its holy book and, in the process, bring the world a richer, more spiritual faith.
Produced by David Brady Productions for CBC’s DOC ZONE. Distributed by Breakthrough Entertainment.