John MacDonald

(REVIEW part 8) “Varieties of Jesus Mythicism: Did He Even Exist (2021)?” Robert M Price’s response to Bart Ehrman

The passage I would like to focus on from Price’s response to Ehrman in chapter 14 of the anthology is the following: I don’t think a reasonable argument can be made that Jesus was killed by anyone besides other humans, which I will outline at a later time, but speaking to the above claim Jesus’s (REVIEW part 8) “Varieties of Jesus Mythicism: Did He Even Exist (2021)?” Robert M Price’s response to Bart Ehrman

(REVIEW part 7) “Varieties of Jesus Mythicism: Did He Even Exist (2021)?” Neil Godfrey’s Response to James McGrath

Around 2010 there was intellectual sparring going on between Prof James McGrath of the Exploring Our Matrix blog (now the Religion Prof blog) and Neil Godfrey of the Vridar blog. James argued for the historical Jesus, while Neil was skeptical. One of the issue that James hung his historicist hat on was the conundrum of (REVIEW part 7) “Varieties of Jesus Mythicism: Did He Even Exist (2021)?” Neil Godfrey’s Response to James McGrath

(REVIEW part 6) “Varieties of Jesus Mythicism: Did He Even Exist (2021)?” Earl Doherty on Hebrews

Earl Doherty deserves special mention as the catalyst for the modern mythicism movement, inspiring both Robert M Price and Richard Carrier with his “The Jesus Puzzle.” In his chapter of the anthology. Doherty argues for a mythicist reading of Hebrews with Jesus’ sacrifice taking place in heaven. The heavenly sacrifice is almost universally regarded as (REVIEW part 6) “Varieties of Jesus Mythicism: Did He Even Exist (2021)?” Earl Doherty on Hebrews

Dr. James Tabor on Paul

This new interview with Dr. James Tabor by Derek from MythVision is interesting on a number of counts. One point is Tabor argues the Philippian Christ Hymn is NOT arguing Jesus was a pre-existent angelic being, but rather a human. Second, he takes mythicists to task because Paul says Jesus was “born of a woman,” Dr. James Tabor on Paul

After School Secularism Programs

Here at Secular Web / Internet Infidels, we have a website called Secular Web Kids, which is an educational website that provides fun and informative secular related information and activities for kids. Check it out here: https://secularwebkids.freethinkers.org/ Some schools, which hosted religious afterschool activity clubs for many years, are hosting secular based afterschool activity clubs. After School Secularism Programs

Mythicism and Method (2/2)

So to continue from last time, regarding Carrier’s Cosmic Sperm Bank hypothesis, Tim O’Neil, who is a historian who investigates the historicity of Jesus, said regarding Price’s evaluation that the Cosmic Sperm Bank hypothesis is lunacy, that: Carrier’s own defense of this idea was bolstered when Nicholas Covington pointed out to Carrier that there is Mythicism and Method (2/2)

Mythicism and Method (1/2)

Probably no one has pushed for the mathematization of historical Jesus studies more than mythicist Richard Carrier. When it comes to mathematizing history, we see such diverse ends of the spectrum such as Carrier and William Lane Craig using Bayes theorem (math) to, oppositely, “prove” there is only a 1/3 chance Jesus existed in Carrier’s Mythicism and Method (1/2)

(REVIEW part 5) “Varieties of Jesus Mythicism: Did He Even Exist (2021)?” Ch. 3 Dying and Rising Gods By Derreck Bennett

Bennett places himself in a long line of mythicist sympathetic scholars who try to argue the dying/rising God theme was conspicuous in the ancient world, and so Jesus was just another example of this theme. For example, regarding Baal, Bennett concludes that: The sources and scholarship firmly establish that Baal was a dying and rising (REVIEW part 5) “Varieties of Jesus Mythicism: Did He Even Exist (2021)?” Ch. 3 Dying and Rising Gods By Derreck Bennett

(REVIEW part 4) “Varieties of Jesus Mythicism: Did He Even Exist (2021)?” Ch. 2 Jesus Christ by Barbara G. Walker

This chapter reminded me of the movie Religulous which tries to show everything about the Jesus story was copied from earlier religious belief. For instance, the Cana wine miracle is prefigured by the lore of Dionysus (Which Dennis MacDonald fleshes out in a recent book). The author comments: Nothing in Jesus’ myth occurred at random; (REVIEW part 4) “Varieties of Jesus Mythicism: Did He Even Exist (2021)?” Ch. 2 Jesus Christ by Barbara G. Walker