Mythicism and the Teacher of Righteousness

A comment was left here recently by a mythicist, which asked why, if there was a historical Jesus, he (1) is mentioned for the first time by people other than his followers so much later, (2) none of his contemporaries took an interest in him, and (3) his biography seems pieced together out of parts of the [Read More...]

Did Jesus Die in Outer Space?

Over the past several weeks I’ve been reading Richard Carrier’s book, On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt, which The Bible and Interpretation kindly sent me a copy of, asking me to provide them with a review. It soon became clear to me that a single review with an overview of [Read More...]

The Jesus Birther Movement

I recently had my attention drawn to a rather bizarre web page, connected with the “Jesus Birther Movement.” They oddly dismiss sources like Josephus because they were written somewhat later than Jesus’ time, as though that is uncommon, or normally means that an author writing slightly after a person’s own time is unlikely to be able to [Read More...]

Skeptics of a Feather

I happened across a document reflecting mythicist claims and views recently, and was struck when I noticed where it was hosted. The blog is “Citizen for 9/11 Truth.” It is not a coincidence that fundamentalist Christians often accept conspiracy theories about the government and uncritically accept as “news” things that could be easily debunked with a [Read More...]

Liveblogging Richard Carrier Inspiring Doubt

The video above should let you watch the Richard Carrier interview as it is happening now. I’m liveblogging it. Carrier is now talking about people sowing doubt about biology, for instance. But that is precisely an example of people manufacturing controversy about a consensus. He says that consensus has value. So he is trying, it [Read More...]

Zeba Crook and Richard Carrier Discuss the Historicity of Jesus

Click the above to watch their discussion on YouTube. I didn’t watch the whole thing, having just gotten back from Israel late last night, but I listened to snippets. On the whole, the parts I listened to seemed to provide a good overview of the scholarly consensus view as well as of the mythicist viewpoint. I [Read More...]

Excellent Historical Fiction or Poor History?

Richard Carrier’s talk about the Acts of the Apostles seems to slip back and forth between two claims. One is that the work is historical fiction. The other is that it is trying to be history but failing. The actual evidence complicates this claim. Carrier mentions Colin Hemer’s classic study of Acts, Book of Acts [Read More...]

Luke vs. the Inerrantists

The prologue to the Gospel of Luke is unique among the Gospels. Its author provides a prologue indicating something about his aims and methods. This would have been a great opportunity to mention something like his receiving of divine revelation. Instead, here is what he wrote: Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly [Read More...]

His Testimony is Truthyish

The Gospel of John may be the first Gospel that we know of to bring the question of its author’s credentials into the work itself (the Gospel of Luke does something similar, with its emphasis on the author’s research, but it may or may not be earlier than John). In the period not long after [Read More...]

Beyond Jesus-Agnosticism

Rick Sumner poses some interesting questions on his blog The Dilettante Exegete – during some of which he has an imaginary gun to his head! One that I think is particularly interesting is the question of what one ought to call the stance that there probably was a historical Jesus – the brother of the [Read More...]

Finally, There Will Be a Peer-Reviewed Case for Mythicism

I’ve long described Richard Carrier as the last, best hope for mythicism. While other mythicists have been content to self-publish shoddy pseudoscholarship online or elsewhere, Carrier has been a voice of sanity, recognizing that a scholarly consensus is not something to be treated lightly, and that, if there is to be a serious case for [Read More...]


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