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In this way, ""Jesus Christ"" functions as a symbolic cloak for several hidden agendas. This is no surprise, Price demonstrates, since the Jesus Christ of the gospels is very likely a fictional amalgam of several first-century prophets and messiahs, as well as of purely mythic Mystery Cult redeemers and Gnostic Aions. To show this, Price follows the noted scholar Burton Mack's outline of a range of ""Jesus movements"" and ""Christ cults,"" showing the origins of each one's Jesus figures and how they may have finally merged into the patchwork savior of Christian dogma.
Finally, Price argues that there is good reason to believe that Jesus never existed as a historical figure, and that responsible historians must remain agnostic about a ""historical Jesus"" and what he stood for.
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