CNN Covers Mythicism

CNN has an article about mythicism. Here’s a sample: Crossan…says some Jesus deniers may be people who have a problem with Christianity. “It’s a way of responding to something you don’t like,” Crossan says. “We can’t say that Obama doesn’t exist, but we can say that he’s not an American.  If we’re talking about Obama [Read More...]

Embarrassed by Mythicism/Antievolutionism

Have you ever wondered why the two New Testament scholars to write books directly tackling mythicist claims are Bart Ehrman and Maurice Casey, both of whom happen to be atheists? I don’t think it is a coincidence. As atheists, Ehrman and Casey have the most to be embarrassed about when fellow atheists uncritically embrace views that [Read More...]

Myth and Memory

On his blog Genealogy of Religion, Cris Campbell talks about reading Colin Calloway’s book One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark. The crux of the post can be summed up by quoting Campbell: I have no doubt that indigenous oral traditions are remarkable repositories of deep history and ancient knowledge. They are [Read More...]

Bart Ehrman on Jesus Mythicism

Mike Bird shared this video of Bart Ehrman giving a nice succinct response to a mythicist. [Read more...]

Jim Davila (and) the Hero

Jim Davila mentioned my article about the Rank-Raglan hero archetype and the historical Jesus. Jim notes that, if one includes all the Synoptic Gospels, then Jesus can be ranked higher than I suggested. When I referred to our very earliest sources, I had in mind the letters of Paul and the Gospel of Mark, which [Read More...]

Could Jesus Win This Contest?

The website IO9 asked, “What Real Historical Figure Is Portrayed The Least Accurately Onscreen?” Suggestions thus far have included Abraham Lincoln, Cleopatra, and Rasputin. No one has mentioned Jesus as of my writing this blog post. Do you think he should be in the running? Ought he to win? Has anyone been portrayed onscreen less [Read More...]

Article on the Elusive Jesus

Valerie Tarico interviewed me, as well as Raphael Lataster and Neil Godfrey – for an article she wrote for The Humanist. The article’s title is “Savior? Shaman? Myth? Ink Blot? Why Christianity’s Main Man Remains So Elusive.” Since the article needed to be trimmed for publication, Tarico has posted the complete full-length version on her blog. Have [Read More...]

Jesus’ Thinking and Theology

While they may have genuinely thought they were being skeptical and critical, from our later vantage point, it seems that those who felt that we cannot say anything about Jesus’ own statements and views, but only those of the later church, were rather giving expression to their reverence for Jesus as a figure who still [Read More...]

An Interpolation in 1 Thessalonians?

When we moved from introductory matters to diving into one of the epistles in my Paul class, we started with 1 Thessalonians, usually thought to be the earliest of Paul’s letters. This gave me the opportunity to revisit the question of whether 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16 is a post-Pauline interpolation. It is worth noting that there [Read More...]

Valerie Tarico’s Historical Denialism

In a recent online article, Valerie Tarico suggests that “a growing number of scholars” are concluding that there was no historical Jesus. It isn’t clear to me that Richard Carrier, Robert Price, and Thomas Brodie represent a “growing number” compared to past generations. If one goes back half a century or more, the idea had [Read More...]

Noah and Spider-Man

This response to a common argument from conservative Christians is brought to you by the blog God of Evolution. [Read more...]


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