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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

(REVIEW part 3) “Varieties of Jesus Mythicism: Did He Even Exist (2021)?” Ch. 1: Why Mythicism Matters, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Jesus (Myth Theory) By David Fitzgerald

There are a couple of notable elements I’d like to point to here about Fitzgerald’s chapter. He writes: In his letters, Paul often rages and fumes that his rivals are evil deceivers, with false Christs and false gospels so different from his own true Christ and true Gospel, that he accuses them of being agents (REVIEW part 3) “Varieties of Jesus Mythicism: Did He Even Exist (2021)?” Ch. 1: Why Mythicism Matters, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Jesus (Myth Theory) By David Fitzgerald

Message to Herschel Walker and His Creationist Comrades — Why Other Apes Still Exist Along With Us Humans 

Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker offered up the common creationism pseudoscientific line, stating that “At one time, science said man came from apes. Did it not?…. If that is true, why are there still apes? Think about it…. We have an evolution that is — we’ve gotten so intelligent that if that is still true, Message to Herschel Walker and His Creationist Comrades — Why Other Apes Still Exist Along With Us Humans 

(REVIEW) “Varieties of Jesus Mythicism: Did He Even Exist (2021)?” editors John Loftus and Robert M. Price [Review Part 2: Introduction: New Testament Minimalism By Robert M. Price]

One thing I would like to highlight in Price’s introduction is the embarrassment of riches of Jesus portraits we have in (i) mainstream historical Jesus portraits, just as we do in (ii) mythicist portraits. Price comments: (i) As you are probably aware, today’s mainstream Jesus scholarship is quite diverse. Many theories have attracted dedicated partisans, (REVIEW) “Varieties of Jesus Mythicism: Did He Even Exist (2021)?” editors John Loftus and Robert M. Price [Review Part 2: Introduction: New Testament Minimalism By Robert M. Price]

(REVIEW) “Varieties of Jesus Mythicism: Did He Even Exist (2021)?” editors John Loftus and Robert M. Price [Review Part 1: Foreword by Richard C. Miller]

To begin our exploration of this volume, in the foreword Miller declares the Quest For The Historical Jesus has been a fool’s errand. Miller comments: Similar to contrived faith-based efforts to class the Gospels within the genre of historiography, despite close familiarity with the genre, early Christians likewise avoided applying biographical labels to the Gospels. (REVIEW) “Varieties of Jesus Mythicism: Did He Even Exist (2021)?” editors John Loftus and Robert M. Price [Review Part 1: Foreword by Richard C. Miller]