The Jesus Myth Theory, the belief that Jesus never existed and that the Gospels are based on pagan myths, just does not seem to go away. The recent appearance of a mythicists on the Unbelievable? podcast shows how much more prominent mythicist ideas are becoming. More and more books and websites are appearing that argue what is considered to be a fringe theory.
At the same time, I frequently see requests from Christians looking to know about this theory. Here are five things that you need to know about the Jesus Myth Theory:
- Not every mythicist who believes Jesus was based on pagan myths necessarily denies that there was a real historical Jesus at the core.
- Mythicists hold a historical standard for Jesus that no professional historian would hold to any other ancient figure.
- There is a consensus among Josephus scholars that Josephus did mention something about Jesus, even though there were later Christian additions.
- Mythicists are betting on the fact (usually accurately so) that most people will not read the original myths to find out if what they are saying is true.
- Mythicists define a “virgin birth” as any conception, even if it includes sexual intercourse, as long as there is a supernatural element to it.
These are some of the basics about the Jesus Myth Theory. If you want to find out more, make sure to check out my Jesus Myth Theory page.