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> Recommended reading on this score: James Frazer, The Golden Bough. A
> devastating critique of Christianity is hidden amongst those
> thousands of pages about pagan gods, goddesses, myths, and rituals.
Thanks for the reference. I am reading another book now that has a lot of VERY interesting, and new hypotheses about Christian origins, also very critical (one section highlights evidence of two Jesus figures who were about to be crucified by the Romans, but the Jews were allowed to send only one, leaving who was apparently the real Messiah, but not according to the Christian, mystery cult view of that concept. The book is "The Hiram Key: Pharaohs, Freemasonry, and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus" by Christopher Knight. It is mainly a book about the origins of Freemasonry and a series of hypothesis that reveal the actual Hiram Abiff (not who we think but actually the last Egyptian king before the Kykos were booted out, and also marking the losing of the secret ritual of king making, which were lost with the slaying of the King Sekenenre, Tao II), making connections to the Knights Templar, and the so-called true pre-Constantine Christian Church (a very secluded Jewish sect), etc, etc.