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Peter Gandy (author)

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Peter Gandy is a British author who focuses on mysticism, particular the mystery religions. He holds an M.A. in classical civilization and is known mainly for his books, co-authored with Timothy Freke, which argue that Jesus is a purely mythical construct.[1][2]


Publishers Weekly called The Jesus Mysteries, (1999) which Gandy co-authored, a "wonderful and terribly flawed book."[3] In the book, Gandy and co-author, Timothy Freke, argue that Christian history is covering up its true origins.[3] Library Journal called it "an important book in the debate on the historical Jesus."[4]

Gandy co-authored another book with Timothy Freke, The Laughing Jesus, in 2005.[5] The book also deals with what the authors perceive as an inaccurate history of religion. The book ends with a "Philosophical Workout" that Library Journal felt would appeal to those who see "themselves as spiritual rather than religious."[5]

Books by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy[edit]

  • The Complete Guide to World Mysticism (1998)
  • The Hermetica: The Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs (1998)
  • The Wisdom of the Pagan Philosophers (The Wisdom of the World) (1999)
  • The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original Jesus" a Pagan God? (1999)
  • Jesus and the Lost Goddess: The Secret Teachings of the Original Christians (2002)
  • The Laughing Jesus: Religious Lies and Gnostic Wisdom (2005)
  • The Gospel of the Second Coming (2007)


  1. 'Author Spotlight' from Random House
  2. Maurice Casey Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths? T&T Clark 2014 FREKE, N.T. and GANDY, L.P. p.17
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Religion Book Review: The Jesus Mysteries: Was the Original Jesus a Pagan God?". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  4. Bourquin, David (2000). "The Jesus Mysteries (Book review)". Library Journal. 125 (12): 100 – via EBSCOhost. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Craft, Carolyn M. (2005). "The Laughing Jesus: Religious Lies and Gnostic Wisdom". Library Journal. 130 (11): 75–76 – via EBSCOhost. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= (help)

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