Quote of the Day (From a Review of Jesus Potter Harry Christ by Bob O’Hara)

Bob O’Hara has written a review of Jesus Potter Harry Christ: The Fascinating Parallels Between Two of the World’s Most Popular Literary Characters, a mythicist book by Derek Murphy, for The Guardian. Here’s a taste:

I really enjoyed reading the book. But there it suffers from one large flaw: the argument is a load of Taurus. It simply doesn’t hold together. The logic is so flawed at times it makes you want to take the opposite site, and argue for Biblical inerrancy. This is embarrassing, partly because I really enjoyed reading the book, it’s extremely lucid, but largely because Biblical inerrancy sits poorly with my atheism.

Click through to read the rest. The sentence immediately after the one I shared as a pull-quote above would apply to just about any mythicist composition I have read:  “The problem is Murphy’s approach is to find all the evidence he can that can be used to support his views, and hoping that the reader will buckle under the weight of it. But the quality of the evidence is extremely varied.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Wilson/1355591760 Michael Wilson


  • Anonymous

    Who is Derek Murphy?

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

    The guy who wrote the book.

  • Anonymous

    I am surprised that the Guardian accepted a write up from ‘Bob O’Hara’ of a book supposedly written by ‘Derek Murphy’ called Jesus Potter Harry Christ?  Perhaps it was one of ‘Murphy’s’ friends who wrote the review.    

  • http://twitter.com/BobOHara Bob O’Hara

    With friends like me…