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...]

James D. G. Dunn on Adamic Christology in Philippians 2:6-11

The possibility of a comparison between Jesus and Adam in Philippians 2:6-11 has been one of the major talking points in discussions of Pauline Christology over the past three decades. Since at least one major proponent of mythicism somehow managed to miss this entirely while allegedly doing research into early Christianity, I am sharing links [Read More...]

What Makes Something Historical?

As a result of recent discussions of mythicism, I thought it might be interesting and useful to post a question about the very nature of history. What makes a person or event “historical”? At the moment, I am inclined to think that it is, when it comes down to it, really nothing other than the [Read More...]

Julius Caesar Mythicism vs. Jesus Mythicism: Smackdown!

Tom Verenna shared some thoughts on something I wrote recently, in a comment on the Vridar blog, in which I suggested that it is not harder to be a mythicist about Julius Caesar than about Jesus, and that the same tactics and methods used by Jesus mythicists could be employed for good effect in the [Read More...]

Mythicism: The Heart of the Matter?

I think that Neil Godfrey’s recent post on “fear of mythicism” raises what may be the most important issue in relation to mythicism. After listing numerous comments on this blog which make comparisons between mythicism and other fringe views such as creationism and holocaust denial, Godfrey writes: I can read rational, evidence-based rebuttals of holocaust [Read More...]

Why the Scientifically Literate Can Believe Silly Things

Jim Kidder pointed to and quoted from a piece in Discover Magazine by Chris Mooney, and this quote from it is worth circulating widely: If you understand motivated reasoning, then you understand that high levels of knowledge, education, and sophistication are no defense against wrongheaded views like climate change denial and anti-evolutionism.  What I’ll call “sophistication” may [Read More...]

Making Stuff Up About Messiahs and Me

Neil Godfrey is at it again. I suspected from some of his recent posts that he had either misunderstood or was gearing up to misrepresent me – not to mention the field of Jewish studies. In his latest post, he writes the following: “James McGrath claims all Messiah figures were expected to be conquering kings.” [Read More...]

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...]


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