Round-Up: My Blogging On Mythicism Thus Far

Newcomers to the blog have asked about my views on or engagement with a variety of topics, arguments, and individuals. And so I thought a collection of links to my posts on mythicism thus far might be in order.

Why I Find Mythicism Disturbing in a Nutshell
Scholars Assembling Puzzles: Illustrating Differences Between Scholarly Research and Mythicist Blog Conversations
Mythicism and Mainstream Historical Method
Born of a Woman (Merry Mythmas)
Defining Mythicism
Mythicist Misunderstanding
Jesus Probably Existed: The Argument from Mythicism
David Fitzgerald on the Existence of Jesus
Responding to David Fitzgerald
Jesus – Now With Fewer Miracles! Dialogue with David Fitzgerald, Part 2
Richard Carrier on Bayes’ Theorem, Historical Probability, and the Existence of Jesus
Mythicism, History and Rhetoric
Mythtaken Genre: Epistles and Mythicism
Battling Mythicism in the Heavenly Places
Mythicism vs. the Socratic Historians
Mythicism and John the Baptist
Mythicism, Plausibility and Uncertainty
Is There Evidence For Mythicism
Mythicism and Paradigm Shifts
Mythicist Quote of the Day (Neil Godfrey)
More on Mythicism
More Mythicist-Creationist Parallels: Messiahs, Wisdom and Jesus
Mythicism, Intelligent Design, Courts, and Sports
Once More On The Resemblance Between Mythicism And Creationism
Mythicism and Historicism as Theories (and an Altar Call to Take a Leap of Doubt)
What More Could I Have Said About Paul? The New Perspective, Acts, and Mythicism
Mythicist Eisegesis in 1 Corinthians 11
Hobsbawm vs. the Mythicists

There are also several other attempts at humor (some of which try to make a serious point), mentions of books and links to blog posts by others that could also have been included. But the above posts provide my own perspectives on and engagement with the subject.
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  • Alex Dalton

    This is very helpful. Thx for being one of the few biblical scholars to directly address the mythicists. Alex

  • AIGBusted

    This is a very good resource, James, and I'll be sure to post this on my blog.BTW, I saw the comment you left on my blog, and, just to clarify: I don't have any bone to pick with the claim that Jesus was buried. What I am curious about is whether that burial took place in a tomb or just in the ground (i.e. a grave, burial pit, trench). Do you have any thoughts?

  • James F. McGrath

    It seems like the best thing is to link to your post where I commented and continue the conversation there. Anyone who wants to can click through!

  • BlogHer

    I've been following this blog for a while now keeping up with what's new. I agree with what Alex said and will add that you are brave.

  • Vincent

    I've seen all those blogs on mythicism and they consistently fail miserably at ever taking the newly created mythicist position and evidence that goes with it by Acharya S into consideration. Instead, I see an endless stream of derogatory comments ridicule and utter misrepresentation. I have tried to post her info here many times in the past but, McGrath refuses to ever put it through as if he's afraid to. There's a youtube video titled "The Mythicist Position" with a few articles in the info box. She also has a thread at her "Freethought Nation" forum giving further explanation. Pretending like it doesn't exist seems like intellectual cowardice to me because I know McGrath is aware of it but chooses to omit it. The fact of the matter is that the work on mythicism by Acharya S is far better than she gets credit for. In fact, it's the best out there."I find myself in full agreement with Acharya S/D.M. Murdock"- Dr. Robert Price, Biblical Scholar"Your scholarship is relentless! The research conducted by D.M. Murdock concerning the myth of Jesus Christ is certainly both valuable and worthy of consideration."- Dr. Kenneth L. Feder, Professor of Archaeology

  • James F. McGrath

    Vincent, I do not modeerate comments. Your comments in the past have been caught in the spam filter because they all feature the same advertisement for D. M. Murdoch, the same content but no actual engagement with anything in the post you commented on. it doesn't seem like anything has changed, but if Blogger decided that this comment isn't spam, who am I to disagree?I have never devoted extensive space on this blog to either the Flat Earth Society or to D. M. Murdoch's brand of mythicism. In neither case is it due to intellectual cowardice. The fact that something is on the Internet doesn't constitute an obligation to pay it attention, just so you know. :-)