Lessons in Pseudoscholarly “Logic”: The Argument from Lack of Authority

The “argument from authority” is a well-known logical fallacy which involves citing an expert as though appeal to the opinion of any one such qualified individual could, on its own, settle the matter. Mythicists, in my experience, are notorious for appealing to authority. as long as one can find a historian who penned a sentence [Read More...]

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Ari Dives Into The Abhorrent Mythicist Void

Over at Ari’s Blog of Awesome, there is a post reviewing Robert Price’s contribution to the volume Sources of the Jesus Tradition: Separating History from Myth. Ari describes it as “one of the most frustrating essays” in the volume, and having previously reviewed a chapter Price wrote for another volume, I am not surprised. Still [Read More...]

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In Mythicism but not of Mythicism

It is perhaps ironic that there is a well-worn conservative Christian phrase, of Biblical derivation, which illustrates wonderfully a point that Earl Doherty and Neil Godfrey either are missing themselves, or are fully aware of but hope that their readers will miss, namely that in and of are not universally interchangeable or synonymous. There are [Read More...]

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Missing Your Daily Dose of Mythicism?

If you are disappointed that I have not blogged about mythicism today, here’s something that may make up for it: Tim O’Neill has posted a review of David Fitzgerald’s book Nailed. And since he says that mythicists needn’t try again to debate him on the subject, if anyone wishes to comment on the review here, [Read More...]

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The Name Above Every Name

Over at Vridar, Neil Godfrey discussed the argument (a point of agreement between mythicist Paul-Louis Couchoud and his opponent A. D. Howell-Smith) that the “name above every name” bestowed upon the central figure in Philippians 2:6-11 is the name Jesus. I concur with Godfrey that this is a matter about which it is possible to [Read More...]

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Chapter 6 of Earl Doherty’s Jesus: Neither God Nor Man

My blogging through Earl Doherty’s book Jesus: Neither God Nor Man continues here with chapter 6. For those who wish to read a post trying to put a positive spin on the weak and unpersuasive claims in this chapter, Neil Godfrey has what you are looking for on his blog Vridar. What I will offer [Read More...]

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Blogging about Jesus Mythicism: The story so far

Regular readers of Exploring Our Matrix know that one of the topics I have been blogging about for some time is mythicism – the viewpoint that Jesus is more likely to be a purely fictional figure invented more-or-less from scratch based on earlier mythical figures and texts, than to be a historical figure around whom [Read More...]

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Born of a Woman (Merry Mythmas)

The day when the birth of Jesus is celebrated might seem like an unfavorable occasion to address mythicism. After all, it is a date that has no historical connection with the birth of Jesus, the earliest stories about the event not only contain elements that are patently unhistorical (angels and miracles) but are irreconcilable with [Read More...]

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The Death of the Mythical Messiah

No, of course I don’t think this post will end mythicism or even discussion of mythicism. But I still find myself most puzzled by mythicists’ treatment of the crucifixion. If we only had the Letter to the Hebrews, I might find the mythicist account of things more persuasive: when the action takes place in a heavenly [Read More...]

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