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Posted inMyth & Folklore

The first 1000 words written about Jesus

Reading Time: 5 minutes Let’s remember what we’re not dealing with, and what we are dealing with, in a gospel writer. Goodbye journalist, biographer, historian. Hello mythologist and fabulist. Mythologists and fabulists have been the most successful storytellers in the history of writing. Their books have been on best seller lists for thousands of years. Some of their writings […]

Posted inReligion

The myth of Jesus’ resurrection

Reading Time: 3 minutes Jesus was crucified, died, and was resurrected this weekend many hundreds of years ago. Oh what joy this brings. To Christians. Except it didn’t happen. Well, certainly not the resurrection bit. I’m what I call a “minimal historicist,” which is to say I believe Jesus existed (though I: won’t die on that hill), but that […]

Posted inUncategorized

What Is the Evidence for Jesus?

Reading Time: 9 minutes I am presently grappling with Jesus mythicism. I am, at present, a historicist in terms of whether Jesus existed or not. My evaluation is somewhat intuitive, believing to the confidence of about two-thirds that a real Jesus existed under all the mythological overlay as opposed to one-third confidence in a completely mythological Jesus. Richard Carrier, on the other […]

Posted inHistory

Carrier’s Mythicism Is a Win-Win

Reading Time: 11 minutes Jesus scholarship is often… “a disguise to do theology and call it history, do autobiography and call it biography, do Christian apologetics and call it academic scholarship.” John Dominic Crossan, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography I’ve read a lot of Richard Carrier’s work, but very little on his case for the mythicism of Jesus. This is partly […]

Posted inHistory

Why Paul Didn’t Write More About Jesus – A Christian Rebuttal

Reading Time: 6 minutes Here is the latest Christian counterpoint piece from John Nelson (a Christian) in an ongoing conversation between an atheist (ex-evangelical, I believe) and a Christian theologian in training. The first and second guest posts (find them here and here) from Ed Atkinson of Wycombe Skeptics in the Pub, and occasional atheist appearer on Unbelievable on Premier Christian Radio […]

Posted inHistory

Why Paul Didn’t Write about the Historical Jesus – an Answer

Reading Time: 11 minutes Here is the first atheistic counterpoint piece from Ed Atkinson in an ongoing conversation between an atheist (ex-evangelical, I believe) and a Christian theologian in training. The first and second guest posts (find them here and here) from Ed Atkinson of Wycombe Skeptics in the Pub, and occasional atheist appearer on Unbelievable on Premier Christian Radio in the […]

Posted inHistory, Religion

Paul and the Historical Jesus: Continuing the Conversation

Reading Time: 8 minutes Here is the first response in an ongoing conversation between an atheist (ex-evangelical, I believe) and a Christian theologian in training. The first and second guest posts (find them here and here) from Ed Atkinson of Wycombe Skeptics in the Pub, and occasional atheist appearer on Unbelievable on Premier Christian Radio in the UK, hosted by Justin Brierley, […]

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