How Much Does Historicity Matter, Outside History?

How Much Does Historicity Matter, Outside History? August 23, 2014

This is a question for my readers to discuss as I’m curious to hear different views.

Today I finished reading On Historicity of Jesus by Dr. Richard Carrier. I’ll review the book soon, but before that I wanted to ask a question.

Basically, if you’re not a historian, how much does it matter that Jesus and other prophets existed or not? If you’re already an atheist, you already know it’s mostly a myth, so historical examination will give you evidence that the Bible and the Qur’an are myth books, and that might dissuade some religious people. But except evidence to debunk religion, is there any significance?

Let me put it this way: the myth plays a more significant role in the world and in our lives than the reality. If Mohammad didn’t exist or did, if he was completely different or exactly the same, people are going to read this fiction or fictionalized version of reality and make laws based on it and derive their values and reason based on it. So whether the myth is real or unreal, it’s still very significant as it plays a huge role in how we live our lives.

So, how much of a difference really does it make that these stories are myth? Shouldn’t we be concerned more with their effects on our lives than the fact that they’re not true?

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