A Hitchhiker’s Guide To Jesus: In Which Norm’s Experiences Illustrate Important Matters for Students and Professors Alike

This is the second part of my blog review of A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus by Bruce N. Fisk, the first installment of which I posted yesterday. For more about the blog tour of which this is a part, visit the blog tour web site. Norm’s adventure begins on an airplane, and with a great [Read More...]

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus: Day One of a Multi-Blog Adventure

Several other bloggers who are participating in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus blog tour which I previously mentioned would be taking place have already posted their contributions for today. Here’s mine. I suppose that the title was the hook that initially lured me in – reminiscent as it is of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the [Read More...]

Hitchhiker’s Historical Jesus Giveaway

As I mentioned a while back, I’ll be participating in a “blog tour” around the book A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus. In connection with that, Baker Academic Press is holding a giveaway, and you can now visit their site and participate. [Read more...]

What Can You Assume People Know About Jesus?

Those of us who teach are aware (or should be aware!) of the relevance of prior knowledge to education. One of the things I wrestle with most is the fact that, in the same class, I may have students who have never read the Bible before ever, and some who read it regularly for devotional [Read More...]

First Monthly Bibliovlog Carnival (Topic: Mythicism)

Joel Watts, inspired by Rodney, posted the following: During the first week of October, I would like to host a carnival or sorts on mythicism. I would like two ten-minute presentations, pro and con. They must be a video of some sort. No, you don’t have to be on the camera, and yes, you can [Read More...]

Review of Earl Doherty’s Jesus: Neither God Nor Man chapter 10 part one

It has been almost a month since the last installment of my review of Earl Doherty’s book, Jesus: Neither God Nor Man, although I have blogged about mythicism and even interacted with Doherty himself in the intervening period. Chapter 10 begins part four of the book, “A World of Myths and Savior Gods,” and the [Read More...]

The Signs Gospel and Mythicism

The blog Synoptic Solutions, at the end of a post on the tradition history of the story about the stilling of the storm, shared these thoughts relevant to the topic of mythicism, which I thought deserve attention and discussion: He most closely resembles one of the tannaim, the rabbinic scholars and holy men of the [Read More...]

Historians on Jesus

Neil Godfrey posted on this topic over at Vridar, and it seems that the post may go some way towards explaining the puzzling tension between his affirmations of mainstream historical scholarship on the one hand, and his positive view of mythicism on the other. Godfrey writes: But what if historians (whose careers are in history [Read More...]

A Rejoinder in Song to Rafael Rodriguez’s Second Point in Third Place (or Something Like That)

Thanks to Rafael Rodriguez for continuing the conversation in not one but two posts on his blog. I think that there are several issues that are getting entangled, which it would be worth disentangling (to the extent that we can) before proceeding. First, can we identify redactional tendencies in works? I think so, and I [Read More...]

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...]


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