Around the Fringe of the Blogosphere

A few bloggers have mentioned my article about mythicism in The Christian Century: Otagosh: “McGrath blasts the fringe” John Byron: “Did Jesus Exist?” (I also loved his name for this blog: “Exploring Our Matrix Together”!) Paleojudaica also shared a link [Read more...]

Fringe View: The World of Jesus Mythicism

The article I mentioned in The Christian Century can now be read online. Click through to read it, then come back here and leave a comment if you’d like to discuss it or comment on it! [Read more...]

In This Month’s Christian Century

If you have access to the November 15th, 2011 issue of The Christian Century, there is an article in it by me on pp.12-13. The title is “Fringe View: The World of Jesus Mythicism.” If an electronic version becomes available on The Christian Century‘s web site, I’ll let you know! [Read more...]

Are Science And History That Different When It Comes To Denialism?

Via Phil Plait, a hilarious video from Jon Stewart on how challengers to science do what they do. Since I can’t embed it, here are links to it on Hulu and on the Daily Show web site. Can anyone really say that the real opponents of science that are parodied in the video are fundamentally [Read More...]

Mythicism Miscellanies

Here are a few posts relevant to mythicism from around the blogosphere. From Tom Verenna, two posts on “Defining Mythicism,” one of which addresses the appeal to Galatians 1 as though Paul’s words there give a clear indication one way or the other about Jesus’ historicity, while the other post emphasizes that an all-or-nothing approach [Read More...]

Need a Break from Jesus Mythicism? Try Shakespeare Mythicism!

Thanks to Mike Wilson for pointing out this article in Slate about the movie Anonymous. There’s also one along similar lines in the New York Times. [Read more...]

Have We Been Going About This All Wrong? Fun With Conspiracy Theories

A cartoon from XKCD (HT P. Z. Myers) illustrates a different approach to conspiracy theories: combating like with like. How might that be applied to some of the conspiracy theories that regularly get discussed here? I wonder what would happen if someone played mythicists’ conspiracy theories off against others: Might one, for example, be able [Read More...]

Mythicism and Paul’s Claims to Supernatural Revelation

Mythicists regularly claim (as one commenter on this blog recently did) regarding Paul that “Our earliest Christian source claimed to have learned nothing from the Christians who came before him.  He claimed to know what he knew by divine revelation.” Since the subject has come up once again, in the same form in which it [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]

Doherty Mythicism?

Commenter Dave Burke has shared some thoughts on the hurdles that would confront any attempt to quest for a historical Earl Doherty. Would it not be simpler to conclude that he is a myth? I quote three comments here, but I encourage you to click through and read them in their original context. Doherty claims [Read More...]

Richard Carrier on Crucified Messiahs

As someone who has appreciated things that he has written in the past, I have kept hoping that Richard Carrier might eventually come around, see the folly of getting bogged down in that realm of nonsense known as mythicism, and return to the rigor and attention to detail expected in mainstream historical critical scholarship. If [Read More...]


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