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Did Jesus die by crucifixion?

Reading Time: 7 minutes Easter is fast approaching… Apologists like William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, and Mike Licona often use the “Minimal Facts” argument to “prove” that the Resurrection of Jesus can be shown to be a historical “fact.” This approach seeks to establish—or take as givens—certain claims that most everyone will agree to, and these then supposedly lead […]

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Answering Dan Barker’s Easter Challenge

Reading Time: 7 minutes With Easter not far away, I thought it would be instructional to examine the Easter story in some detail, and how the four Gospels seem to contradict one another on crucial details, and whether the different accounts can be harmonized. This situation inspired Dan Barker, a former evangelical Christian preacher, to issue a challenge to […]

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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 […]

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The Swoon Theory: Did Jesus Really Die?

Reading Time: < 1 minute In short, yes, I think so. But these theories are interesting and are far more probable than the Christian thesis in explaining the data (the Gospel and Pauline accounts). “Swoon Theory” comes from “swooning”, meaning to fall unconscious, and several of these theories contest that Jesus actually died on the cross, claiming he was taken […]

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Going Live on MythVision Tonight

Reading Time: < 1 minute I know I’ve been neglecting you a bit recently for which I keep apologising. I am appearing live on Derek Lambert’s MythVision YouTube channel/podcast today, 24th, 11am EST, 4pm BST. Here is where it will be live streamed – watch it on YouTube to access the live chat: Derek Lambert has been pretty legendary in […]

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