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Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth

Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth Book
Author : John G. Jackson
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1982
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Unmasking the Pagan Christ

Unmasking the Pagan Christ Book
Author : Stanley E. Porter,Stephen J. Bedard
Publisher : Clements Publishing Group
Release : 2006
ISBN : 1894667719
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Rabbi or Messiah? Prophet or the Son of God? People have debated the identity of Jesus of Nazareth since the first century. But what if there was no Jesus? What if there was no Mary or Joseph, no twelve apostles? What if the story of Jesus was no more than a myth to convey spiritual truth? These claims have been around for hundreds of years and have become more prominent with well-known religion columnist Tom Harpur's recent book, The Pagan Christ. Harpur claims that Jesus was not a historical figure, but was one version of an ancient myth that can be traced from ancient Egyptian religion to the Roman mystery cults. Stanley Porter and Stephen Bedard tackle this radical claim by looking at the roots of the "pagan Christ idea," examining the supposed pagan parallels and presenting the evidence for the historical Jesus. The authors demonstrate that the suggestion of pagan origins for the Gospel story is not based on historical or textual evidence, but rather on a desire to create a universalistic spirituality revolving around a "Cosmic Christ" within each person. A fair examination of both the mythological and biblical texts reveal that the traditional understanding of an actual historical figure known as Jesus of Nazareth appearing two thousand years ago is indeed the only logical conclusion. Stanley E. Porter is President and Dean, and Professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Porter has M.A. degrees from Claremont Graduate School and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield. He has written widely on issues of concern in study of the New Testament, such as Jesus, Paul, the book of Acts, and John. He has a passion for education in the church, and preaches and teaches regularly. Stephen J. Bedard is the pastor of Woodford Baptist Church and First Baptist Church, Meaford, Ontario, Canada. He holds the M.Div. and M.Th. degrees from McMaster Divinity College, and is actively engaged in further graduate study. Bedard is an advocate of informed preaching and teaching, and is devoted to the ministry of the local church.

The Pagan Christ

The Pagan Christ Book
Author : Tom Harpur
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release : 2009-05-26
ISBN : 9780802719386
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A provocative argument for a mystical, rather than historical, understanding of Jesus, leading to a radical rebirth of Christianity in our time. For forty years, scholar and religious commentator Tom Harpur has challenged church orthodoxy and guided thousands of readers on subjects as controversial as the true nature of Christ and life after death. Now, in his most radical and groundbreaking work, Harpur digs deep into the origins of Christianity. At a time of religious extremism, Tom Harpur reveals the virtue of a cosmic faith based on ancient truths that the modern church has renounced. His message is clear: Our blind faith in literalism is killing Christianity. Only with a return to an inclusive religion where Christ lives within each of us will we gain a true understanding of who we are and who we are intended to become. The Pagan Christ is a book of rare insight and power that will reilluminate the Bible and change the way we think about religion.

Christian Mythology

Christian Mythology Book
Author : Philippe Walter
Publisher : Inner Traditions
Release : 2014-11-20
ISBN : 9781620553688
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Reveals how Christian mythology has more to do with long-standing pagan traditions than the Bible • Explains how the church fathers knowingly incorporated pagan elements into the Christian faith to ease the transition to the new religion • Identifies pagan deities that were incorporated into each of the saints • Shows how all the major holidays in the Christian calendar are modeled on pagan rituals and myths, including Easter and Christmas In this extensive study of the Christian mythology that animated Europe in the Middle Ages, author Philippe Walter reveals how these stories and the holiday traditions connected with them are based on long-standing pagan rituals and myths and have very little connection to the Bible. The author explains how the church fathers knowingly incorporated pagan elements into the Christian faith to ease the transition to the new religion. Rather than tear down the pagan temples in Britain, Pope Gregory the Great advised Saint Augustine of Canterbury to add the pagan rituals into the mix of Christian practices and transform the pagan temples into churches. Instead of religious conversion, it was simply a matter of convincing the populace to include Jesus in their current religious practices. Providing extensive documentation, Walter shows which major calendar days of the Christian year are founded on pagan rituals and myths, including the high holidays of Easter and Christmas. Examining hagiographic accounts of the saints, he reveals the origin of these symbolic figures in the deities worshipped in pagan Europe for centuries. He also explores how the identities of saints and pagan figures became so intermingled that some saints were transformed into pagan incarnations, such as Mary Magdalene’s conversion into one of the Celtic Ladies of the Lake. In revealing the pagan roots of many Christian figures, stories, and rituals, Walter provides a new understanding of the evolution of religious belief.

The Christ

The Christ Book
Author : John Remsburg
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2017-10-13
ISBN : 9781978256026
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"The Christ is a myth. The Holy Ghost Priestcraft overshadowed the harlot Superstition; this Christ was born; and the Joseph of humanity, beguiled by the Gabriel of credulity, was induced to support the family. But the soldiers of Reason have crucified the illegitimate impostor, he is dead; and the ignorant disciples and hysterical women who still linger about the cross should take his body down and bury it." "We must get rid of that Christ, we must get rid of that Christ!" So spake one of the wisest, one of the most lovable of men, Ralph Waldo Emerson. "If I had my way," said Thomas Carlyle, "the world would hear a pretty stern command--Exit Christ." Since Emerson and Carlyle spoke a revolution has taken place in the thoughts of men. The more enlightened of them are now rid of Christ. From their minds he has made his exit. To quote the words of Prof. Goldwin Smith, "The mighty and supreme Jesus, who was to transfigure all humanity by his divine wit and grace--this Jesus has flown." The supernatural Christ of the New Testament, the god of orthodox Christianity, is dead. But priestcraft lives and conjures up the ghost of this dead god to frighten and enslave the masses of mankind. The name of Christ has caused more persecutions, wars, and miseries than any other name has caused. The darkest wrongs are still inspired by it. The wails of anguish that went up from Kishenev, Odessa, and Bialystok still vibrate in our ears. This volume on "The Christ" was written by one who recognizes in the Jesus of Strauss and Renan a transitional step, but not the ultimate step, between orthodox Christianity and radical Freethought. By the Christ is understood the Jesus of the New Testament. The Jesus of the New Testament is the Christ of Christianity. The Jesus of the New Testament is a supernatural being. He is, like the Christ, a myth. He is the Christ myth. Originally the word Christ, the Greek for the Jewish Messiah, "the anointed," meant the office or title of a person, while Jesus was the name of the person on whom his followers had bestowed this title. Gradually the title took the place of the name, so that Jesus, Jesus Christ, and Christ became interchangeable terms--synonyms. Such they are to the Christian world, and such, by the law of common usage, they are to the secular world. It may be conceded as possible, and even probable, that a religious enthusiast of Galilee, named Jesus, was the germ of this mythical Jesus Christ. But this is an assumption rather than a demonstrated fact. Certain it is, this person, if he existed, was not a realization of the Perfect Man, as his admirers claim. There are passages in the Gospels which ascribe to him a lofty and noble character, but these, for the most part, betray too well their Pagan origin. The dedication of temples to him and the worship of him by those who deny his divinity is as irrational as it will prove ephemeral. CONTENTS. CHAPTER I. Christ's Real Existence Impossible CHAPTER II. Silence of Contemporary Writers CHAPTER III. Christian Evidence CHAPTER IV. Infancy of Christ CHAPTER V. Ministry of Christ CHAPTER VI. Crucifixion of Christ CHAPTER VII. Resurrection of Christ CHAPTER VIII. His Character and Teachings CHAPTER IX. The Christ a Myth CHAPTER X. Sources of the Christ Myth--Ancient Religions CHAPTER XI. Sources of the Christ Myth--Pagan Divinities CHAPTER XII. Sources of the Christ Myth--Conclusion

Jesus Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths

Jesus  Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths  Book
Author : Maurice Casey
Publisher : A&C Black
Release : 2014-01-16
ISBN : 056701505X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Did Jesus exist? In recent years there has been a massive upsurge in public discussion of the view that Jesus did not exist. This view first found a voice in the 19th century, when Christian views were no longer taken for granted. Some way into the 20th century, this school of thought was largely thought to have been utterly refuted by the results of respectable critical scholarship (from both secular and religious scholars). Now, many unprofessional scholars and bloggers ('mythicists'), are gaining an increasingly large following for a view many think to be unsupportable. It is starting to influence the academy, more than that it is starting to influence the views of the public about a crucial historical figure. Maurice Casey, one of the most important Historical Jesus scholars of his generation takes the 'mythicists' to task in this landmark publication. Casey argues neither from a religious respective, nor from that of a committed atheist. Rather he seeks to provide a clear view of what can be said about Jesus, and of what can't.

Shattering the Christ Myth

Shattering the Christ Myth Book
Author : James Patrick Holding
Publisher : Xulon Press
Release : 2008-06
ISBN : 1606472712
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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How To Get Rid of Jesus: Prove He Didn't Exist! A popular question posed by Christians today asks, "WWJD?" - which stands for, "What Would Jesus Do?" For more and more Skeptics of Christianity, however, the answer to this question is, "JDNE" - which stands for, "Jesus did not exist!" In this volume, edited by prominent Internet apologist James Patrick Holding, a team of Christian authors provide a series of essays giving detailed answers to those who argue for the "Christ myth." Though rejected by mainstream scholars, this theory continues to grow in popularity among popular writers and Internet antagonists. The need for Christians to be ready to give an answer to it will only become more urgent. "Here's a clear and compelling rebuttal to fallacious claims that keep resurfacing in books and on the Internet. It's well-researched, expertly presented, and ultimately convincing." - Lee Strobel, author, The Case for the Real Jesus

Christians and the Holy Places

Christians and the Holy Places Book
Author : Joan E. Taylor,Fellow in Humanities in the Field of Religious Studies Joan E Taylor
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 1993
ISBN : 9780198147855
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The origins of Christian holy places in Palestine and the beginnings of Christian pilgrimage to these sites have seemed obscure. From a detailed examination of the literature and archaeology pertaining to specific sites and the region in general, the present author finds no evidence thatChristians of any kind venerated 'holy places' before the fourth century. It appears that scholarly Christians had visited certain Biblical sites out of historical and exegetical concerns, but that these sites were not considered holy, or the visitors as 'pilgrims'. Instead, the origins ofChristian pilgrimage and holy places rest with the emperor Constantine, who established four basilicas in Palestine c. 325-30 and provided two imperial matrons, Helena and Eutropia, as examples of a new kind of pious pilgrim. Pilgrimage to intrinsically sacred shrines had been a pagan practice,which was grafted on to Christianity. Many Jewish, Samaritan, and pagan sites were thereafter appropriated by the church and turned into Christian holy places. This process helped to destroy the widespread paganism of Palestine and mark the country as a 'holy land'. Very few sites are genuine,the most important being the cave (not Garden) of Gethsemane, in which Jesus was probably arrested.

Suns of God

Suns of God Book
Author : Acharya S
Publisher : Adventures Unlimited Press
Release : 2004
ISBN : 9781931882316
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Unlike many modern historians, Perry was a diffusionist who believed that modern civilization began in Egypt and was spread via ships to Indonesia, the Pacific Islands, and even to North America. Perry traces the origin of megalithic culture starting in Egypt, and then across the Pacific. Searching for gold, obsidian, and pearls, they travelled across the Pacific to the American Southwest and Mexico.

The Re Enchantment

The Re Enchantment Book
Author : Hank Wesselman
Publisher : Sounds True
Release : 2016-12-01
ISBN : 1622036336
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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An Invitation to Awaken to a Reality of Wonder and Infinite Possibility In a time when our scientific understanding of the universe has never been greater, why do so many people feel unhappy and alienated? As Dr. Hank Wesselman explains, our search for objective knowledge has come at the cost of a deeper, intuitive rapport with nature and our spiritual selves. The result is a profound disenchantment, one that affects us individually and collectively. What we need now is a “re-enchantment”—a way to renew our relationship with nature, reawaken to spiritual reality, and reclaim the sense of connection and hope that gives meaning to our lives. The Re-Enchantment offers a compelling blueprint for the emerging transformational spirituality—not a return to the superstition and ignorance of old beliefs, but a “modern upgrade of the path of the shaman” that reconnects us to our inner sources of intuition, power, and healing. Here he explores: • Challenging the cultural mythos—why a new story is arising about who we are and where we fit in to the greater whole • The role of the shaman as a mediator between the material and spiritual worlds • Guides, helping spirits, oversouls, and masters of deception—unseen spiritual forces that influence our lives • Empowering ourselves to be agents of change through the shamanic path of “direct revelation” “There is new spiritual complex coming into being in our world,” writes Dr. Wesselman. “This mystical mosaic draws from many traditions and many cultures, and has the potential to refresh and perhaps replace our current mainstream religions with new perceptions and new insights.” With The Re-Enchantment, this leading teacher presents a provocative call to action—to engage the world with a newborn’s eyes, a shaman’s heart, and soul dedicated to a wiser, more compassionate future.

Christianity Before Christ

Christianity Before Christ Book
Author : John G. Jackson
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1938
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Jesus Never Lived

Jesus Never Lived  Book
Author : Laurence Dalton,Shirley Dalton
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2013-04-20
ISBN : 9781484025666
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"Jesus Never Lived! Volume 1 Jesus Christ: A Pagan Myth"3rd Revised and Expanded Edition (Over 225 pages have been added to the previous edition)."Jesus Christ: A Pagan Myth" explores the pagan origins of Christianity and shows that Jesus Christ never lived. This book is for doubting Christians, x-believers, atheists, agnostics, and those who are just plain curious about whether a man could walk on water! We have focused on the evidence of the Roman Empire in the first and early second centuries CE. Part 1 is a 170 page detailed analysis of the Gospel of Mark. It shows that the religious beliefs of Mark were derived from the pagan world. The Gospel is a pagan myth in Jewish dress, as Bruno Bauer pointed out more than 100 years ago.Our analysis deals with questions like:Why does Mark share anti-Jewish beliefs like those of the pagan historian, Tacitus?Why are the last words of Jesus dying on the cross: "Why have you (God) abandoned me?" (Why does Jesus feel he is dying a failure, that he has been abandoned by God?) Part 2 Who Created Jesus?Paul was a member of a mystery religion; otherwise, why is there a striking similarity between the religion of Paul and the pagan mystery religions which surrounded him? The 225 pages of Part 2 provide a detailed analysis which shows that the Paulinists (followers of Paul) created the Jesus of the Gospel of Mark, or at least proto-Mark. The reader may wonder, if the followers of Paul created the Markan Jesus how do we deal with the following questions?Why does Paul's cosmic savior, the triumphant divine Christ, not appear in the Markan Gospel but rather Jesus, a human failure dying in despair on the cross? Why were Jesus and his disciples spiritually defective (Jesus's lack of faith of Jesus on the cross; Peter's three denials of Jesus)?Why does Paul know nothing about the historical Jesus Christ of Mark's Gospel? (Paul does not know that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, performed miracles, taught people, was tried by Pilate, and died in Jerusalem, etc.)How was it that Paul's savior offered salvation to all (at least to non-Jews), whereas the mission of Mark's historical Jesus was only to Jews? Why does the human Jesus become semi-divine in the birth scenes in Matthew and Luke and totally divine in John's Gospel? "Jesus Never Lived! Volume 1 Jesus Christ: A Pagan Myth" answers all of the questions listed above and more. The 400+ pages provide much evidence to show that Jesus is a pagan myth in Jewish dress. Jesus never existed.For more, see the Look Inside feature for the Table of Contents etc.Also, see:"Jesus Never Lived! Volume 2 Jesus and Plato on Hell" is a supplemental volume which examines the Pagan views on how one is saved and on the afterlife as found in Plato and the Stoic writings of Seneca. These pagan views are compared with the Christian views found in the Gospel of Mark and the letters of Paul. Our conclusion is that the Christian views on salvation and the nature of the afterlife were derived from the pagan world, thus providing more evidence for the mythical Jesus. Jesus Christ never lived. Jesus is a pagan myth. Christ is a literary fiction. "Jesus Never Lived! Volume 3 The Pagan Morals of Jesus Christ" provides supplementary evidence that Jesus is a pagan myth by showing that Christian ethics were derived from the pagan world, particularly from the Roman Stoics.

The Christ Myth

The Christ Myth Book
Author : Arthur Drews
Publisher : Westminster College-Oxford: Cl
Release : 1998
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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First published in 1910, THE CHRIST MYTH drew violent criticism from theologians, the press, and the public. Eminent German philosopher Arthur Drews (1865-1935) shows that Christianity is a syncretism of various pagan and Jewish beliefs. This is a valuable sourcebook for students of religion and all those interested in examining the origins of Christianity.

Aryan Sun Myths

Aryan Sun Myths Book
Author : Sarah E. Titcomb
Publisher : Book Tree
Release : 1999
ISBN : 9781585090693
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Presents ample evidence that the earliest known mythologies concerning our life-giving sun have been handed down to us throughout the centuries, now disguised or hidden in our current religious systems, including Christianity. The sun myths that preceded Christianity became common to most cultures, as they often shared their myths when making contact with others. As a result, many pagan religions shared the same general sun myths while using different gods to represent the same story. Christianity also adopted some facets of the sun myth story. This was done to unify various pagan groups and make them more open to Christianity. It is fascinating to recognize the saviour Christ within certain sun myth stories. This is not to say that Jesus is a complete myth, but that certain mythologies were added to his life to make the theology complete. The evidence is hard to refutealthough determining the exact degree of this union will always be uncertain.

Aryan Sun Myths

Aryan Sun Myths Book
Author : Sarah Titcomb
Publisher : Jazzybee Verlag
Release : 2012
ISBN : 3849623645
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Aryan Sun-Myths, the Origin of Religions, by Sarah E. Titcomb, is a very conscientious effort to reduce to a convenient compass, a vast amount of lore, whose sources are scattered through all literature and all languages. This work will afford sufficient information on the subject for all practical purposes—while its excellent catalogue of the more important works concerning it, and some very comprehensive explanatory notes appended, may easily lead up to more profound studies. Contents: Preface. Introduction. Aryan Sun-Myths The Origin Of Religions. Appendices. Appendix A. - An Explanation Of The Fable, In Which The Sun Is Worshipped Under The Name Of Christ. Appendix B. The Legendary Life Of Buddha And Its Relation To The Indian Zodiac. Appendix C. Buddha As A Reformer. Appendix D. The Persian Account Of The Fall Of Man. Appendix E. The Legend Of The Travels Of Isis, Or The Moon. Appendix F. An Explanation Of The Heracleid, Or Of The Sacred Poem On The Twelve Months And On The Sun, Worshipped Under The Name Of Hercules. Calendar.

The Truth About Jesus Is He a Myth

The Truth About Jesus   Is He a Myth  Book
Author : M. M. Mangasarian
Publisher : e-artnow
Release : 2020-01-02
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The following book offers a series of studies on the question of the historicity of Jesus, presented before the Independent Religious Society in Orchestra Hall. Contents: A Parable In Confidence Is Jesus a Myth? The Problem Stated The Christian Documents Virgin Births The Origin of the Cross The Silence of Profane Writers The Jesus Story a Religious Drama The Jesus of Paul Is Christianity Real? Is the World Indebted to Christianity? Christianity and Paganism Some Modern Opinions About Jesus. Another Rhetorical Jesus "We Owe Everything to Jesus" A Liberal Jew on Jesus From the Sunday Programs

The Pagan Christ

The Pagan Christ Book
Author : Tom Harpur
Publisher : Walker
Release : 2005-03-01
ISBN : 9780802714497
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A provocative argument for a mystical, rather than historical, understanding of Jesus, leading to a radical rebirth of Christianity in our time. For forty years, scholar and religious commentator Tom Harpur has challenged church orthodoxy and guided thousands of readers on subjects as controversial as the true nature of Christ and life after death. Now, in his most radical and groundbreaking work, Harpur digs deep into the origins of Christianity. Long before the advent of Jesus Christ, the Egyptians and other peoples believed in the coming of a messiah, a virgin birth, a madonna and her child, and the incarnation of the spirit in flesh. While the early Christian church accepted these ancient truths as the very basis of Christianity, it disavowed their origins. What had begun as a universal belief system built on myth and allegory was transformed, by the third and fourth centuries A.D., into a ritualistic institution based on a literal interpretation of myths and symbols. But, as Tom Harpur argues in The Pagan Christ, "to take the Gospels literally as history or biography is to utterly miss their inner spiritual meaning." At a time of religious extremism, Tom Harpur reveals the virtue of a cosmic faith based on ancient truths that the modern church has renounced. His message is clear: Our blind faith in literalism is killing Christianity. Only with a return to an inclusive religion where Christ lives within each of us will we gain a true understanding of who we are and who we are intended to become. The Pagan Christ is a book of rare insight and power that will reilluminate the Bible and change the way we think about religion.

Black History Month

Black History Month Book
Author : Ralph L. Crowder
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1977
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Solar Myths and Christian Festivals The Pagan Origins of Christian Beliefs

Solar Myths and Christian Festivals  The Pagan Origins of Christian Beliefs Book
Author : Edward Carpenter
Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
Release : 2017-03-18
ISBN : 1365833348
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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To the ordinary public, the connection between Paganism and Christianity still seems rather remote. Indeed the common notion is that Christianity was really a miraculous interposition into and dislocation of the old order of the world; and that the pagan gods (as in Milton's Hymn on the Nativity) fled away in dismay before the sign of the Cross, and at the sound of the name of Jesus. Doubtless this was a view much encouraged by the early Church itself, if only to enhance its own authority and importance. Yet, as is well known to every student, this view of the originality of the Christian revelation is quite misleading and contrary to fact. The main Christian doctrines and festivals, besides a great mass of affiliated legend and ceremonial, are really quite directly derived from, and related to, preceding Nature worships; and it has only been by a good deal of deliberate mystification and falsification that this derivation has been kept out of sight.