Zeitgeist, It’s on the Internet so it must be true

Awhile back I discussed the 9-11 conspiracy theory website/movie “Loose Change“.

Another online movie that I was urged to watch, being told that it completely debunks Christianity, is “Zeitgeist, the Movie”. Actually, I should clarify that I watched the first part, which deals with Christianity, not the second part which apparently re-hashes the 9-11 conspiracy theories.

I won’t go into detail on all the allegations made in the movie, but it struck me as a combination of outright falsehoods and overblown emphasis on coincidences. For example it discusses an Egyptian god named Horus, about whom the following claims are made:

  • Born on December 25th
  • Born of a virgin named Isis Mary
  • Birth accompanied by a star in the east
  • Adored by three kings
  • Teacher at 12
  • Baptized/Ministry at 30
  • Had 12 disciples
  • Performed miracles such as healing the sick and walking on water
  • Names included “The Truth”, “The Light”, “God’s Anointed Son”, “The Good Shepherd”, “The Lamb of God”, “The Light” …
  • Crucified, Dead for three days, then Resurrected.

The Horus myth originated about 3000 years Before Christ, so it seems obvious that Jesus was just a myth based on Horus (and many others mentioned in the movie), right? Not so fast.

I decided to do a bit of research, so I went to my local public library and dug through several books on Egyptian Mythology, as well as checking some Internet resources. I found lots of stuff about Horus, but amazingly it didn’t include any of the above allegations. The closest was the so-called virgin birth, which actually involved Isis searching for the 14 dismembered parts of Osiris’ body, and when she couldn’t find the genitalia, and being a resourceful woman/goddess, fashioning a new penis, upon which she copulated with the Frankensteinian monster, producing Horus.

Somehow calling that a virgin birth strikes me as a bit of a stretch.

I came across a review of Zeitgeist, The Movie, (Elgin Hushbeck, Consider Christianity), that I thought did a pretty good job of pointing out the many errors in the movie. If interested, click on the following links in order (or follow the links from the first page): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Responses 1, Responses 2

An excellent resource that doesn’t directly address this movie but addresses many of the popular theories in the movie, such as the notion that Christianity is based on ancient mythologies, is Lee Strobel’s recent book, “The Case for the Real Jesus“.

In summary, I remain convinced that the Jesus I serve isn’t a myth, and I don’t believe everything I see on the Internet.

3 Responses to “Zeitgeist, It’s on the Internet so it must be true”

  1. Greg says:

    Do they source Tom Harper’s “A Pagan Christ”?

    Tom Harper uses plenty of little obscure references to ‘build a case’ against Christianity. I don’t mind critics but if you are going to be a critic do your homework.

    I have heard lots about Zeitgeist but I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. To many other things in life. Not to mention right now that movie isn’t my highest priority. Although I should see it because it seems to be popular with all the (most) the kids these days.

  2. Marc says:

    Well done, Phil. The parallels seemed too close to be anything other than a fabrication.

    I wish I could think of how Lewis and Tolkien’s notions of “Myth becoming Fact” goes. I believe it has something to do with the story of Jesus having the appearance of myth (the god dying and rising again) but being real. Or something. I wish I could remember how that goes. It seems fitting.

    Perhaps you know…

  3. Phil L says:

    Hi Greg,
    Tom Harpur isn’t mentioned on their “Sources and Credits” website.
    I thought that the books I had mentioned in my post, along with reputable sources such as Encyclopedia Britannica that I consulted, was a fair amount of homework.