Tag: mythicism

Rabbi: Did Jesus actually exist?

Below is a talk by “countermissionary” and “Jewish apologist” Rabbi Tovia Singer regarding “Jesus mythicism” or the opinion that Jesus Christ is a mythical figure. Initially, I thought Singer would adhere to the typical “historical Jesus” party line, proffering “proofs” that have been rebutted for centuries. I was pleasantly surprised at certain parts as I […]

What is a mythicist?

Christ Myth

Just as declaring oneself an atheist does not make one automatically an expert in religion, seeing Jesus as a myth does not make someone an automatic expert in Christian origins. There are many people calling themselves “mythicists” – i.e., someone who views various biblical/supernatural figures as mythical, not historical – who are not experts in […]

Jesus Christ is a mythical figure

The “Jesus Christ” of the New Testament is a fictional compilation of characters, not a single historical individual. A compilation of multiple “people” is no one. When the mythological and midrashic layers are removed, there remains no historical core to the onion. The evidence reveals that the gospel story is myth historicized, not history mythologized. […]

Dr. Price needs our help!

UPDATE (1/30/14): Bob Price is struggling again and could really use some assistance! I see that Bob’s got a funding page here – so far, so good in the past month. That should help! http://www.gofundme.com/5uex70 —– (Originally published on Oct 17, 2012) Bad news about my beloved friend, muse and colleague Dr. Robert M. Price! […]

Christian book admits Jesus mythicism is having unprecedented influence

In January 2013, biased New Testament scholar Maurice Casey published an anti-mythicist rant called Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths? The book contemptuously misrepresents my work in a string of ad hominem attacks and fallacies. Of course, I’ve addressed a significant portion of his arguments already, but he’s willfully ignored me in order to […]

Mainstream scholarship: Abraham and Moses mythicism is respectable

moses smashes the tablets

Note how this Wiki article reports that modern scholars question the historicity of the biblical story of the Israelite patriarch Joseph, using comparative religion/mythology: “Modern day scholars believe the historicity of the events in the Joseph narrative cannot be demonstrated. Hermann Gunkel, Hugo Gressmann and Gerhard von Rad identified the story of Joseph as a […]

Dawkins tweets Jesus mythicism

On April 10, biologist and atheist writer Dr. Richard Dawkins tweeted about comparisons among Jesus, Dionysus, Horus and Krishna, posting an image from the film “Zeitgeist” that included Attis and Mithra. He asks: Comparisons often made of Jesus with Horus, Dionysus, Krishna etc. Any real scholars out there confirm each one? I responded, naturally, with […]

Jesus of where? A response by Frank Zindler to Bart Ehrman

(We welcome FTN guestwriter and fellow mythicist Frank Zindler, editor of American Atheist Magazine and Director of American Atheist Press, rebutting the “historical” Jesus of Bart Ehrman’s rendering in his recent book Did Jesus Exist?) Bart’s Subtitle By Frank R. Zindlerfzindler@atheists.org The subtitle of Bart Ehrman’s Did Jesus Exist? promises The Historical Argument for Jesus […]

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