Mythicism and Peer Review

Note what Earl Doherty says in the next sentence after the one I quoted in my previous post: Great. Finally something that will give mythicism a shot in the arm. After all, if someone like Bart Ehrman feels the necessity to take it on, that implies a certain degree of legitimacy. It can no longer [Read More...]

Bart Ehrman on Mythicism

As many of you will be aware, Bart Ehrman is working on an ebook about mythicism. If you would like a foretaste, here is a radio interview on YouTube with Bart Ehrman on the subject, in which the host Reginald Finley tries to suggest mythicism might have some plausibility to it, and digs himself deeper [Read More...]

Round-Up of Mythicist Blogging

I noticed that the link to my round-up of blogging about mythicism was wrong in one of my early posts on the topic here. Rather than just make a change there so long after posting, when it probably would not be noticed, I thought I would share the correct link here. Round-up of blogging about [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...]

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...]

Cranks according to Jonathan Kay

What cranks truly crave is the exhilarating sense of independence, control, and superiority that come from declaring oneself a self-sufficient intellectual force. Conspiracism is a natural outlet for this craving since conspiracy theories always exist in opposition to come received truth that enjoys the blessing of experts, and because the associated claims are regarded as [Read More...]

Minimalism, Mythicism and Modernism

A new article by Ronald Hendel in The Bible and Interpretation addresses the subject of cultural memory in a way that is relevant to minimalists, mythicists and other modernists. The idea that we are either going to precisely reconstruct the past, or conversely decisively disprove traditional views about it, without room for doubt or error, [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...]


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