"A study on the History of the Dying and Resurrecting God"
part one can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EYm8l...
The term "Christ Myth" covers a broad range of ideas, but most share the common premise that the narrative of the Gospels portrays a figure who never actually lived. Current theories arose from nineteenth century scholarship on the formation of myth, in the work of writers such as Max Müller (1823 -- 1900) and James Frazer (1854 - 1941).
Müller argued that religions originated in mythic stories of the birth, death, and rebirth of the sun.
Frazer further attempted to explain the origins of humanity's mythic beliefs in the idea of a "sacrificial king", associated with the sun as a dying and reviving god and its connection to the regeneration of the earth in springtime.
In 1909, an influential book on the subject titled simply "The Christ Myth" was written by German philosopher Arthur Drews (1865 - 1935)
The British philosopher Bertrand Russel (1872 -- 1970) stated in his essay "Why I Am Not a Christian" (1927), that even if Jesus existed, which he doubted, the public does not "know anything" about him.
Most recently Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy have popularized the Jesus-myth concept in their book The Jesus Mysteries. Also recent is Earl Doherty's "Jesus Puzzle" (1999) and "The Pagan Christ" (2004) by Canadian theologian Tom Harpur (b. 1929).
"...since the Divine is beyond our ability to comprehend, the religions of the world (ancient and modern) have envisioned some 'being' who is a part of both the Earthly world and the Divine world who brings us some knowledge from the Divine world.
In Greece, this being has been called "Prometheus" who brought us fire from Mt. Olympus, or "Dionysus" who brought us Wine from the Gods. In Hermetic religion, he was called "Hermes Trismegistus", who brought us wisdom from the Heavens. In Egypt, he was Osiris, who eternally fought the forces of darkness in order to bring light to the world. In the myths of the world, this 'intermediary' appears always as a God of light, life and enlightenment.
For those of you reading this who lean toward following a particular religion, this symbol may (for you) be called "Christ", "Buddha" or "Krishna". In ancient times, he was called by many names... Osiris, Mithra, Dionysus, Hermes.... the names are many. The idea is the same."
I have been asked by many to cite my sources. My response to that request is this:
The sources are honestly too numerous to list. I have honestly been studying ancient religions for more than a decade, and I have a bookcase full of notebooks where I DID diligently cite everything, but I don't have the time to type them all, there are far too many...
Prior to the youtube video, I had built an extremely indepth website (far more indepth than a 20 minute youtube video). The youtube video is an extremely condensed version. Tremendous amounts of information were left out due to time constraints. I tell you this to help illustrate that my sources TRULY are too numerous to mention. I wish I had a list to give you, but I don't.
All I can tell you off the top of my head, is to read anything by:
E.A. Wallis Budge (Not a comparative mythologist, but a very thorough Egyptologist. His translation of the Egyptian "Book of the Dead" contains a wealth of information regarding Osiris and Horus and their role as the dying and rising sun) ,
James George Frazer (The "father" of modern anthropology. His "Golden Bough" has been very influential. It shows similarites between Christ, Tammus, Attis, Dionysus and Dumuzi in particular.),
Manly P. Hall (Freemasonry historian, his book "The Secret Teaching of All Ages" was quite enlightening),
Aleister Crowley(Occultist and certified wacko, but also highly educated and knowledgable on the subject of symbolism. "777 and other Kabbalistic Writings" is his ultimate collection of religious symbols from around the world. A very good source of information),
Joseph Campbell (also well-versed in symbolism, and someone who devoted his life to comparative mythology. "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" is probably his most well-known work, but his "Masks of God: Occidental Mythology" was quite useful to me as well)
"Akhenaten and the Religion of Light" by Erik Hornung is fascinating, and contains the Egyptian "Great Hymn to the Aten", which I found to be quite beautiful. The religion of Akhenaten is the world's first Monotheism, which in my opinion, evolved over time to become Judaism, and is therefore an important subject to study.
I hope this response is the type of response that you were looking for.