An Odd Diatribe from Thomas L. Thompson

In the latest issue of The Bible and Interpretation, Thomas L. Thompson offers a very odd rebuke to Bart Ehrman. Thompson mentions things like Philo's love of allegory and Qoheleth's assertion of our lack of novelty, as though these somehow will allow one to open the door to any and all interpretations of texts, including [Read More…]

Tackling Denialism With Painful Logic

Compared to historians and scholars dealing with Jesus mythicists, those who tackle other forms of denialism seem to have it somewhat easier – or would, if denialism could be combated with logic of the sort illustrated in this XKCD cartoon: In related news, while I myself have used the comparison between the tactics used by [Read More…]

Better Atheist Fact-Checking

Tom Verenna shared a short image reflecting common mythicist misinformation, and (quite justifiably) complained about it. It appears that someone also went through it and illustrated point by point how fact-checking should be done. Here is the result: [Read more…]

Jesus, John, Paul, George, and Ringo Mythicism

Commenter Admiral Mattbar shared a link to a site, “The Beatles Never Existed.” I got a glimpse of it, but the next time I tried to reload it, it was as though it was not there. I began to wonder if perhaps I should become a “The Beatles Never Existed” web site mythicist… But then there [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (R. Joseph Hoffmann)

Mythicism is not so much a conspiracy theory as a mass of cobbled  improbabilities that can only be compared to explaining the existence of a discovery by postulating that the scientist credited with  formulating it was really created by a mad scientist who invented the first and a  third who created the one who created him.  This [Read More…]

Dead, Buried – and Likely to be Believed Resurrected

Thom Stark posted “It Is Finished for Richard Carrier’s Dying Messiah: Part 2.” Joel Watts linked to it with the title “Thom Stark buries Richard Carrier.” Joel also shared 11Q Melchizedek and Wisdom of Solomon as relevant ancient texts to the discussion. So apparently the argument is dead and buried. But I suspect that mythicists [Read More…]

The Danger of Backfiring Skepticism

Skepticism ought to be about critical thinking. But it often ends up being something else, which is illustrated nicely in the latest cartoon by David Hayward: It is a bit like the point made in Richard Beck’s recent blog post about scapegoating. Going against the flow, once looked down upon, is now highly appreciated in [Read More…]

Richard Carrier Illustrates Historical Jesus Methodology

While one might or might not see fit to dispute Richard Carrier’s specific conclusions in his recent post, “The Dying Messiah Redux,” I think that the most important thing to note is the approach to history that it illustrates. Carrier argues that, because certain views expressed in Jewish literature from several centuries after the rise [Read More…]

More Mythicism around the Blogosphere

There seems to be quite a bit of buzz about mythicism in the blogosphere. Today’s round-up starts with another post by Joseph Hoffmann on the topic, which begins with the following statement: The train crash that is modern mythicism is built on the train crash that was earlier mythicism. The chance of the crash happening [Read More…]

Mythicism around the Blogosphere

First place in this post has to go to the recent post on this topic on the blog Unreasonable Faith. Here’s a lengthy quote that is insightful and will surely lead those interested in this topic to click through and read more: At one point in the interview, Price suggests that one letter mentioning Jesus [Read More…]