American author Thomas William Doane (1852-1885) is considered one of the most significant contributors to the Free Thought movement, which held the view that belief should be based on the epistemology of scientific and logical laws, rather than on faith. In support of this philosophy, Doane undertook extensive research delving into the parallels between Christianity and pre-existing religions from around the world, ultimately meaning to show the difference between eternal truths, both spiritual and scientific, and fable. His work; “BIBLE MYTHS, AND THEIR PARALLELS IN OTHER RELIGIONS” was first published in 1882. He takes a methodical stroll through each of the most popular Biblical myths from both the Old and New Testaments, including the Creation, Fall, Flood, the Exodus, Samson, Birth of Jesus, Baptism, Original Sin, Trinity, and the temptation of Christ, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Ascension, Eucharist, Christian Symbols, Birthday of Christ Jesus, Paganism in Christianity and finally ‘Why Christianity Prospered’?
By providing copious evidence of the pre-existence of the morals and indeed, associated details of each, as well as thorough bibliographic information, the fruit of Doane's labour is a fascinating survey of pre Christianity religions, embedded in the Christian dogmas, a compelling critique of the originality of Christian dogma.
It is unfortunate that very little is known about Thomas William Doane. Many of the early writers on Freethought have been buried in a conspiracy of oblivion. Their books were ignored by respectable journals, apart from an occasional pomposity or outraged condemnation. Public libraries and bookshops banned the books. The literature was prohibited in the mails and frequently seized; the publishers were prosecuted. The authors themselves were cold-shouldered and omitted from standard reference works. Today it is extremely difficult to glean even a few facts about some of these writers.
THOMAS WILLIAM DOANE was born in 1852. Like many pioneers of Freethought, he is not listed in standard biographies. We know that his book became a classic of Freethought for many decades, and that it was his sole literary work. He died young, on August 8, 1885, at Boston, aged 34, only three years after his book had first appeared. That is all we know. The book was first published by J. W. Bouton of New York, the enterprising book dealer who later issued Madame Blavatsky's sensational Isis Unveiled-a book which also owed much to the Anacalypsis of Godfrey Higgins. Doane's book joined company with [author] Kersey Graves' The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors as one of the most popular items in the list of the old Truth Seeker Co. of New York, a trailblazer in Freethought literature.
- CAMPBELL, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces 1949; 1956
- The Masks of God 4 vols. 1959-68 (Primitive Mythology; Oriental Mythology; Occidental Mythology; Creative Mythology) FORLONG, J. G. R. Faiths of Man; Encyclopedia of Religions 3 vols. 1906; University Books Inc., 1964
GRAVES, Kersey. The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors; or Christianity
- Before Christ 1875 etc.; University Books Inc., 1970
- HIGGINS, Godfrey. Anacalypsis: An Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil of Saitic Isis; or an Inquiry into the Origin of Languages, Nations and Religions 1833-36; University Books Inc., 1965
- LEGGE, Francis. Forerunners and Rivals of Christianity from 330 B.C. to 330 A.D. 1915; University Books Inc., 1964
- MAETERLINCK, Maurice. The Great Secret 1922; University Books Inc.1969
- MEAD, G. R. S. Apollonius of Tyana. 1901; University Books Inc., 1966
- Did Jesus Live 100 B.C.? 1903; University Books Inc., 1968
- Fragments of a Faith Forgotten 1900 etc.; University Books Inc., 1964
- Christianity and Paganism
- Jesus Christ in comparative mythology
- Christianity and other religions
- Christian debate on persecution and toleration
- Christian views on magic
- History of early Christianity
- Circumcision controversy in early Christianity
- Constantine I and Christianity
- Decline of Greco-Roman polytheism
- Germanic Christianity
- Neoplatonism and Christianity
- Persecution of Christians
- Christianity and astrology
- Virtuous pagan
- Witch-cult hypothesis
- THE JESUS PUZZLE :Was There No Historical Jesus?
- Bible: Myths and their Parallels in other religions By T. W. Doane
- The Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome: By E. M. Bernes
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