Yes, I watched it and I agree with the majority of it concerning religion. If you dig deep enough you will find what Acharya is talking about. It doesn’t take any leaps of faith for me, because I figured out even before reading her books.
Are you sure we’re talking about the same thing? The film is produced by a man named Peter J. I don’t believe I’ve heard anything about someone named Acharya, or anybody involved with the film having written a book.
EDIT: Ah, Acharya is an author that makes similar claims, but I assure you that the two are unrelated. Acharya is cited as a source, yes, but she was not involved with this project.
Anyways, what I’ve found is that in reality, Egyptian theology has much less in common with Christian theology than Peter J. may lead you to believe. I’m not too clear as to what specific arguments Acharya makes, so I will not involve her in this.
Jesus vs. Horus
It is claimed that they share birth dates and manners.
Facts (in scope of the theology of each respective story):
Jesus was born in March to the virgin Mary, set to marry Joseph of the line of David, after being told so by an angel that she would give a virgin birth to the Messiah. A while later, he was visited by 3 Magi, who brought him gifts. (They were not kings, and the origins of that story are unknown to me.) The reason Christians celebrate this during December was due to the fact that the Roman-Catholic Church Christianized Pagan religions. These religions had various celebrations during December, it having been the winter equinox, and therefore of meaning to them.
Horus was born at the end of the Egyptian calendar to Isis, which translates to November on the Gregorian calendar, and his story is that Isis used the cut off phallus of Osiris to become impregnated and Horus was then born. Nobody visited him.
Well, according to my research, the only thing they had in common as far as this factor goes is that they both were born by “miracle” birth. The story given in Zeitgeist about Horus’ birth is a complete lie.
It is also claimed that they lived similar lives, teaching in temples at early ages, had 12 disciples, were baptized, circumcised, so on.
These things are all true of Jesus. But Horus on the other hand… Well I certainly found no stories of it. Maybe I didn’t look hard enough. Who knows. Although, bear in mind that there was no such thing as circumcision or baptism in Egyptian theology.
It is claimed that they were both crucified.
Horus was not crucified, to my knowledge. Jesus, on the other hand, was. Allow me to clarify that while the Romans were pagan, and did worship the cross as a religious symbol, it is not for the same reason Christians do. Christians worship it because Jesus died on it. It is a symbol of forgiveness, not of the Zodiac.
It is claimed that Christ is not actually a surname, but a title.
This is true. It meant “The anointed one”. The only myth made up is that Christ is asserted as a surname. It really isn’t. But if you can find me another account of a Christ, not pertaining to Jesus, I will concede this as a valid point.
It is claimed that Jesus doesn’t actually exist.
First off, I will attack the claims that associate early Christianity with Mithraism. Mithraism is a very mysterious religion that existed during the Roman Empire around the same time as early Christianity, but further studies indicate that it wasn’t until after the First Century that the mysterious worship of Mithra actually bears similarity to the growing cult of Jesus. It is proposed that Mithraists did this deliberately in order to compete.
Secondly, there are multiple sources outside of the accounts in the Bible, many of which are personal accounts of the life of Jesus Christ, but there is also Josephus. The validity of Josephus’ reference to Jesus Christ is disputed, but not an all out forgery as stated in the film.
Tacitus also makes a reference to Jesus, stating that a Christus figure was executed by Pontius Pilate during the reign of Tiberius, but that the cult was breaking out once again.
Suetonius refers to a Chrestus causing unrest among the Jews during the reign of Claudius, but whether or not this is meant to be Christus is disputed. Surprisingly, this is not mentioned in Zeitgeist. You’d think this dispute would help them. But hey, you be the judge.
Pliny the Younger refers to Christians in 110 BCE as significant numbers of people who would not recant their faith in the Christus. Is there account of another Christus who was concretely not Jesus?
The Babylonian Talmud also makes multiple references to people often identified as Jesus, referring to a heretic.