Former professor of the New Testament Tom Harpur, is the author of "The Pagan Christ". Harpur believes there is not enough evidence to prove Jesus existed (although Muslims disagree). He also believes that the New Testament is rooted in Egyptian mythology, and that stories about a Jesus-like figure have been told for hundreds of years. As an example, he cites the miracle of the raising of Lazarus and maintains there is an almost identical story which had been written in Egyptian guise, seventeen centuries earlier. He also maintains that any proof of a link between pagan roots and the Christian gospels was deliberately detroyed by the Christian church.
(Originally aired September 2004)