Mythicists vary in their viewpoints, but there are central similarities. Nevertheless, there is not much difference from our findings, than from Richard Carrier, despite him approaching it from the Atheist standpoint, which doesn’t really matter. I do think one well-versed in Occult symbolism and the aims and purposes of the ‘Ancient Mysteries’ are more capable of explaining why exactly, these similarities exist, besides syncretism. The similitude and patterns are by design. The secular historian wants to explain it all away through syncretism, and often disregard anything special or falsifiable about the ideas or symbolism. It is only expected, but this was covered in Theosophical Gleanings on the Mysteries and the Language of Mythology.
Christians cannot explain it to you, unless they study the origins, history, purpose and meaning of ‘Initiatory Mysteries.’ Viewpoints about it, have been skewered by Christians supposing a demonic origin, in addition to having historically explained similarities away as personations of the devil, false prophets, etc. Jesus is considered the unique “Anointed,” the literal Son of God, the Soter, etc. The language, oracular vocabulary and patterns under the traditional cults and schools is there in the ‘Anti-Gnostic Christianity’ (or Christianism), syncretized into the Jesus-character of the NEW TESTAMENT, who is assumed to be a historical-figure. At that, he is considered apparently, the only true Soter in the entire history of the human race. The true Christós, is considered in the Hindu (or rather Indian) Esotericism, and to the Gnostic and Theosophist as corresponding to the Anatman/Atman of the Upanishads (meaning ‘secret doctrine’), Advaita and Vedanta, to Buddha, Vishnu, &c. ‘Occult Philosophy’ places it entirely within means of experiential discovery and evolution; rejecting the Christian’s exclusivist notion, considered sacrilege, delusional, a travesty, a copy, even criminal.
The Christian creed however, needs the myth of Jesus — the man-god that is worshipped, like the lesser mystery-cults regarding Bacchus, the ‘liberator-god.’ Some people placed these gods also within history. The secret doctrine actually points to it, as an entirely impersonal and universal Principle in nature, and thus the “Christos” has never set foot on earth, and Richard Carrier deals with this in —
Helena P. Blavatsky adds in her Notes on Abbe Roca that:
“The true Christians died with the last of the Gnostics, and the Christians of our day are but the usurpers of a name they no longer understand (…) Moreover, the Christians, by localizing and isolating this great Principle, and denying it to any other man except Jesus of Nazareth (or the Nazar), carnalize the Christos of the Gnostics.”
The most important fact, is that Christ and Chrest belong to the temple vocabulary of ascetics belonging to an oracle, or vehicles of the oracle and the oracular temples. The condition of Chrestos is similar to the conditional states conceived in the practical esotericism of the Daoists and other practical systems, regarding states of purity, perfectibility, and immortality. Christians in the accepted narrative say, their Jesus was not just a “pure man” (or good man), but the ‘Son of God.’ However, the state of the Chrestos, as a “pure man,” refers to a spiritual and mental state also; and these persons are regarded as revived, harmonized with their god, initiates, etc. They, just as Jesus, made to seem semi-ascetic, travel the arduous path of asceticism.
Richard Carrier has actually demonstrated, that some early Christian sects existed that did also believe the Gospels were allegorical myths, but 2 Peter was written or devised to discredit those sects. Theosophist, James Morgan Pryse, regarded the Gospels as forgeries.
The true history will prove more fascinating than the orthodox narrative, and the apologists all have a million different excuses to explain away suspicions, that have become justifiable at this point.