The Hidden Story of Jesus

As Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, theologian Robert Beckford investigates remarkable parallels to the Christ story in other faiths, some of them predating Christianity by thousands of years, to reinforce a more universal message.

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  1. ann says:

    this series is so interesting….I watched all but the last 2 last night before bed…..it is really well done…will finish this up later today….

  2. Redroom Studios says:

    fantastic piece here… I have seen this presenter once before and I quite enjoy his style and energy. The summation at the end says it all: that it is the wisdom and teachings of the various religions that should be embraced rather than the mythology and dogma. I have to come to this conclusion at that point in my own study of comparative religion and have chosen the atheist path, while still enjoying the lessons given in these ancient stories. I think that the ancient prophets were no more than inspirational figures like Ghandi or MLK. As with the previous program I saw presented by this guy I am a bit baffled by why he still calls himself a Christian after basically disproving most of the traditional beliefs. Certainly though his message of tolerance between religions is a hopeful one if seemingly a difficult sell to some.

  3. shapeshift says:

    Yes, I thought it was well done too and seems to weave a fine line. My impression was not so much that Robert Beckford was trying to disprove Christians beliefs but to create bridges with other religions and beliefs… It seems that most humans need some kind of belief system as a framework for their understanding of the world and not superstitions as they see it in the times in which they live. Even atheism and science are belief systems, aren’t they? (wondering?) The unfortunate consequence of adhering to a belief system at times is that we can tend to negate others that believe in something else.

  4. ann says:

    my read on the documentary was that Beckford was not proving or disproving any specific religion or belief, but rather building bridges like david mentions….he seemed to be advocating that whatever religion one choses, the core of all are very much alike…leading to the conclusion that we are all are much more alike and have more in common than folks may think at first glance…
    If we could only all feel truly connected to each other, many problems could be solved….as families in general do tend to take care of each other…

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