“Reported miracles abound in other religions, including stories of risen saviors. Skeptics frequently cite Osiris, Tammuz, Adonis, Attis, and Marduk as examples of dying and rising gods. Did Christians copy or get inspiration from these pagan accounts?” —Habermas and Licona, p. 89
Gary: I know that there are mythicists who believe that the earliest Christians invented the demi-god Jesus and the story of his resurrection based on previous pagan myths. I have never researched this issue because I’m one of those people who settles for “expert opinion”. Maybe I’m lazy, but I don’t have the time to personally become an expert in every field of human knowledge. So unless there is good evidence that the experts in a particular field are either inept or very biased, I accept the expert opinion. Therefore, since most experts believe that Jesus was a real historical figure, and, since most experts believe that the earliest Christians did not invent the resurrection belief—they believe that the earliest Christians truly believed in the resurrection based on personal experiences of some unknown nature in which these Christians believed that the dead Jesus appeared to them—I am willing to accept the expert opinion and side with Christians on this issue: The early Christian resurrection belief mostly likely was not based on earlier pagan myths.