Mythicism, Miraculous Conceptions and Ancient Historians

Over in a discussion at Debunking Christianity about mythicism and a recent post of mine, a proponent of mythicism claimed that ancient biographers and historians, unlike the authors of the Gospels, were not prone to include legends about such matters as miraculous conceptions. Although at that point we were talking about Socrates, in fact we [Read More...]

No Evidence for a Historical Jesus or Evolution?

I am struck once again by how similar the repeated assertion by Earl Doherty and other mythicists that “there is no evidence for a historical Jesus” resembles the similar-sounding claim of creationists that there is “no evidence for evolution.” The truth clearly is both that there is evidence, and that because we are in both [Read More...]

My Criticisms of Mythicism Must Be On Target

My criticisms of mythicism must be on target. At least, that seems to me to be the best explanation for why one of its well-known internet supporters, Neil Godfrey, has written a post offering accusations which are so off target that I regard them as laughable rather than genuinely slanderous, and asked me to “honorably [Read More...]

Review of Earl Doherty’s Jesus: Neither God Nor Man chapter 9

Chapter 9 of Doherty’s book Jesus: Neither God Nor Man is a mere six pages in length. Into this small space is packed, first of all, a brief presentation of Platonism and Stoicism, focusing on transcendence and immanence and the use of concepts such as Demiurge, Logos and Wisdom to bridge the gap between the [Read More...]

Mythicist Qum(i)!

Neil Godfrey posted today about Maurice Casey’s treatment of the story of the raising of Jairus’ daughter. Casey very carefully defines what a historian (as opposed to a believer in a religious tradition) can say about an account of a “miracle,” and that the performance of a “remarkable deed” by someone believed to be endowed [Read More...]

Debunking Christianity Debunking Mythicism

I hope to return to blogging about mythicism soon. In the mean time, I can share that the atheist blog Debunking Christianity has once again turned its attention to mythicism, that infamous source of embarrassment for atheists and freethinkers. Take a look at what Tommy Baker has to say over there, and then either leave a comment [Read More...]

The Last, Best Hope for Mythicism?

Although I never followed the show, catching even a few snippets of Babylon 5 here and there have left me with a memory of the catchphrase that Babylon 5 was the “last, best hope” for peace. And it failed. Perhaps the same sort of phrase would fit what R. Joseph Hoffmann wrote today about Richard [Read More...]

Churchill Mythicism

Via Mark Goodacre, who suggested the resemblance to Jesus mythicism (and warned of the expletive): [Read more...]

Chapter 7 of Earl Doherty’s Jesus: Neither God Nor Man

Chapter 7 of Earl Doherty’s book Jesus: Neither God Nor Man turns attention to other characters in the Gospels and events that are not mentioned about them in the epistles: Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s denial, for starters. Presumably the first thing to note it that the latter completely undermines Doherty’s argument. Paul refers to encounters [Read More...]

Brad Matthies Among The Truthers

My colleague Brad Matthies has posted a review of the interesting-sounding book Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America’s Growing Conspiracist Underground by Jonathan Kay. For the record, he’s the one who connected that book’s focus with mythicism, not me. [Read more...]

Lessons in Pseudoscholarly “Logic”: The Argument from Lack of Authority

The “argument from authority” is a well-known logical fallacy which involves citing an expert as though appeal to the opinion of any one such qualified individual could, on its own, settle the matter. Mythicists, in my experience, are notorious for appealing to authority. as long as one can find a historian who penned a sentence [Read More...]


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