Jesus Potter Harry Christ is a 2011 book examining historical Jesus research and Christ myth theory through a comparison between Jesus and Harry Potter – a more modern mythic archetype with surprising similarities. Although the title is tongue and cheek, the content is academic and heavily researched.
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What do Jesus and Harry Potter have in common? More than you think!
A controversy over the historical Jesus has been raging for 2,000 years. A century ago, biblical criticism had revealed Jesus Christ to be almost entirely based on pre-existing mythology. Since then, conservative biblical scholars have regained the discipline and convinced the world that – whatever else Jesus Christ was, he was undoubtedly historical.
The only way to get past this apparent dead-end of stagnant dogma and repetition, is to examine the roots of the controversy itself – to go beyond the evidence and focus on the underlying issues.
Jesus Potter Harry Christ identifies the similarities between Jesus and Harry, to demonstrate that both J.K. Rowling’s magical series and the biblical gospels are literary fiction based ancient mythology and astrological symbolism.
From ancient mystery religions to modern fairy tales, from fictional Hogwarts to the ruins of Jerusalem, comparative literature scholar and world mythology expert Derek Murphy zooms in on one crucial question: How do we separate the obviously mythical literature of Jesus Christ from the historical man himself?
Whether you’re a newcomer to historical Jesus research, a passionate believer or a well-read academic researcher, Jesus Potter Harry Christ will redefine the way you look at religious history and the historical Jesus.
What people are saying…
Controversial, and full of fascinating, insufficiently disseminated information.” –Heresy Corner
Riveting and extremely enjoyable.” –IndieReader.com
I am not paying false flattery when I say that this book is easily one of the best that I have read on the subject of the historical Jesus.” –Pastor Chris, Pacific Haven Liberation Ministries
For those whose minds can ask questions freely without the enforcement of dogma, Derek Murphy raises a genuine argument which Christian apologists have no answers to besides merely repeating their dogmatic convictions in the hope that re-asserting the dogma will confirm it as truth.” John Thomas Didymus – Goddiscussion.com
Jesus Potter Harry Christ is an ambitious and scholarly work that traces the philosophical underpinnings of Christian theology, and then explains it, using the the god-hero narrative structure. Harry Potter isn’t the focus of the book, merely a prop, a handy example of how the symbolism has been used over time. This is NOT a rehashing of Campbell’s work, but an attempt to delve deeper into the mysteries of Christian faith. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you know the difference between the Arian Heresy, and Gnosticism, you will leave with a better understanding of what Christianity means.” Reviewed by Brad Wright – Portland Review of Books
Whether or not one agrees with Murphy’s ultimate position, and whether or not one agrees with his arguments that Jesus was entirely (rather than mostly) mythic, Jesus Potter Harry Christ is well worth wading through, and wade through it one must, simply because of the sheer mass and volume of evidence the author provides. Make this a book whose pages you dog-ear for further reference and second readings.” Tim Callahan – Skeptic magazine’s religion editor and author of the books “Bible Prophecy” and “The Secret Origins of the Bible”
Murphy sifts through various mystery religions and myths of a dying and resurrecting god, and their possible influence upon the Gospel story. For once, it’s done tastefully and without sensationalism. Maybe you’ve read works by Freke, Doherty, and Harpur. While I don’t want to take anything away from those researchers—their books are interesting in their own right—I found Murphy’s tempered treatment much more to my taste. Without trying to foist a Gnostic version of Christianity on me, and without succumbing to overzealous scholarship, Murphy gently yet forcefully introduces the strong similarities between Christianity and other first-century religious philosophies and mystery cults, concluding in the strong likelihood that Jesus was a mythical savior.” Lee Harmon – author of “Revelation: The Way it Happened”