The narrator intones that Horus was born of a virgin and
crucified, and other circumstances not actually applicable to Horus'
life; there is more made-up information in this 'documentary' than
in most Saturday morning cartoons. Necrophiliac his conception may have
been, virginal it was not, and he was 'crucified' only if 'crucified' means
the same thing as 'stung by scorpion.' And given that Egyptian religion
revolved around temple worship sites where unresurrected body parts
of Osiris were believed to be interred, the notion of 'resurrection'
in connection with these worthies is shaky at best. If an empty tomb defines
resurrection, Osiris didn't experience one: ". . .but Abydos, in
Upper Egypt, early gained a reputation of peculiar sanctity, because
the head of Osiris was buried there." (James Henry Breated, A
History of Egypt, Kindle location 785).
One interesting feature, however, that Jesus does share with
some of these figures is a birthday at or about the winter solstice.
However, one must be very careful in choosing a time-slot to
investigate this feature, because most of these pagan gods never had
birth-days of December 25th except for a very short time. Though the
atheists are confident that solarism has always been the leading
religion, in fact it has not; nevertheless it briefly contended with
Christianity for the crown of popularity in the empire. As
paganism faced stiff competition from the monotheistic religions of
Judaism and Christianity, some of the pagans began to look wistfully toward
monotheism, feeling that this was an attractive feature. Gazing in embarrassment at their bloated
pantheons, they realized that this was an intellectually and
philosophically satisfying element their religion lacked.
For those pagans unable to let go of 'gods' tethered to features of the
natural world, solar monotheism seemed a satisfying compromise. In
the time of their brief ascendancy, the solar monotheists identified all the other
gods with the sun, plausibly or not, even stealing their statues
from their proper temples and bringing them into that of the
unconquered sun. Dionysus, for example, was a vegetation god
basically, the god of the vine, not the sun god, although at some
point he became mingled with some human being who had gone on
expedition to India. And his birthday
was never December 25th until he, along with the rest of the
pantheon, was impressed into the solar gang. Helios, Hyperion, Apollo, and
Shamash are bona fide solar gods; Attis and Dionysus are not, except
in the mind of solar enthusiasts. He may have been a conqueror who
introduced viniculture into areas which had not previously had it,
or he may have been a Timothy Leary-type pied piper who led his
blinded devotees to their destruction.
This movie assumes that, if we know that a given personage in
antiquity was acclaimed as a god, we also know that that person did
not actually exist: "The reality is Jesus was the solar deity of the
gnostic Christian sect, and like all other pagan gods he was a
mythical figure. It was the political establishment that sought to
historize the Jesus figure for social control." (Zeitgeist, the
Movie, 00:37:20-00:37:44). Really, all pagan gods were mythical
figures, the greatly-honored sun included? Don't look at it, or that
non-existent myth will burn out your eyes! Was Augustus
non-existent, was Caligula non-existent, was Nero non-existent?
Gods, all. It is not the case that all the gods did not exist. Jesus was, of
course, acclaimed as God incarnate by His followers, but to assume
therefore He did not exist historically is as nonsensical as assuming that
Pythagoras did not exist, or Empedocles. This same logic would assert that
Father Divine, the amply documented twentieth-century American
figure, cannot have existed, because his followers professed his
deity. Certainly any atheist has a prior commitment to denying that
any such claim can be true; but they cannot therefore wave a magic
wand and deny the existence of those who have made the claim! Christians
observe that Father Divine was in error, not that he did not exist.