Funny Mythicist Quote of the Day (Neil Godfrey)

“Recently one theologian who teaches an undergraduate historical Jesus class recommended to me two works on historiographical methods. When I quoted back to him key sections that contradicted the most fundamental processes of historical Jesus scholars he was enraged. I was misrepresenting them. It turned out that he was the one who had simply failed [Read More…]

Paul Mythicism?

There certainly are those Jesus mythicists who would also deny that there was a historical Paul. But for many mythicists, perhaps the majority, the historicity of Paul and the authenticity of Paul’s letters is in fact important to their argument, since their case for mythicism focuses much attention on what Paul allegedly did not say [Read More…]

Mythicism as Selectively Critical: The Example of Couchoud’s Treatment of John the Baptist

That mythicism is selectively critical, and selectively applies rigorous skepticism to sources, is easy to illustrate. Take  Couchoud’s treatment of John the Baptist as summarized in a recent post on the blog Vridar. There is no skepticism expressed about the words and views attributed to John the Baptist in the New Testament, no suggestion that [Read More…]

Mythicism as Conspiracy Theory

That’s the title of an article in Slate by Evgeny Morozov, and there are a couple of quotes in which a simple substitution can be made so that they apply equally well to creationists, mythicists, and other denialists. Here’s an example: “In other words, mere exposure to the current state of the scientific historical consensus [Read More…]

Discussions of Evolution and Creationism Around the Blogosphere

Here are some links to discussions around the blogosphere which connect with this blog in some way, shape or form. First, let me link to a post by Sam, a former student of mine, whose blog post “Redoing Theology” reflects what so many of us have experienced: our views change over time, and it is [Read More…]

Bart Ehrman’s Did Jesus Exist? to be published in hardback

Thanks to Tim Henderson for pointing out that Bart Ehrman’s book Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth will be published in hardcover and not only in ebook form, as originally planned. [Read more…]

More Mythicist Misrepresentation

I sometimes wonder if mythicists realize when they are making fools of themselves. If they do, then they are presumably akin to clowns and comedians who provide a useful service in providing us with entertainment. If they are unintentionally funny, then their clowning around in some instances may include misrepresentation of others which, however ridiculous, [Read More…]

As Bad as Mythicism: Jesus as Caesar

Mythicism is just one of several categories of implausible claims that one will encounter in connection with Jesus. The Life of Antoninus Pius has a blog post about another one, that proposed by Francesco Carotta, who claims that Jesus was Caesar. Click through to read about it, and why no one ought to find it persuasive. [Read More…]

History is to Mythicism and Science is to Creationism as McDonald’s is to…

In discussing areas related to my teaching and interests lately, whether Biblical studies or biological science, the question has come up whether it might not make sense to actually examine an example of pseudoscholarship or junk science in teaching students to recognize the real thing. It is easy enough to say that young-earth creationism is [Read More…]

Neil Godfrey on Paul-Louis Couchoud

Paul-Louis Couchoud has something in common with other mythicists: he was not a historian. But Couchoud also has something in common with the kinds of mythicists that could, at one point, be taken seriously: he died more than half a century ago. He thus formulated his ideas and wrote about them before the Dead Sea [Read More…]


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