One of my main areas of research is the Jesus myth theory. What is the Jesus myth? This is a theory that argues that the historical Jesus never existed and that the Jesus of the Gospels is based on pagan myths. The purpose of this page is to provide links to resources dealing with the Jesus myth.
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From the Archives
Building a Case for the Historical Jesus (ChristianWeek)
The Strange Case of the Missing Jesus (ChristianWeek)
Jesus From the Pagans (Video)
What is the Jesus Myth Theory? (Podcast)
Jesus Myth: A Short Introduction (Podcast)
How We Know Beyond ALL Doubt that Jesus Existed: 8 Quick Points – Saints and Sceptics
Why the Pre-Jesus Mythologies Fail to Prove That Jesus Was a Myth – J. Warner Wallace
Why The Claim That “Jesus Never Existed” Is Complete Nonsense – Scott Sullivan
Was Christ a Copycat? – Clayton Kraby
Ancient Evidence for Jesus from Non-Christian Sources – Michael Gleghorn
Mythicism, Moon Landings and Bad Apologetics – Albert McIhenny
Method or Madness – J.W. Wartick
Some Difficulties With the “Christ-Myth” Theory – David Haines
Sources for Caesar and Jesus Compared – Darrell Bock
The Jesus Myth Theory: Investigating Claims of Copying – Mary Jo Sharp
Resources to Help You Defend the Historicity of Jesus – J. Warner Wallace
Why the Historicity of Jesus Matters – J. Warner Wallace
The Pre-Jesus Mythologies Fail to Prove Jesus is a Myth – J. Warner Wallace
Is Jesus a Myth? – Got Questions?
Zeitgeist – Glenn Andrew Peoples
Is Jesus a Product of Pagan Myth? – Timothy Paul Jones
Did Jesus Exist? The Jesus Myth Theory, Again. – Tim O’Neill
The Zeitgeist of the ‘Zeitgeist Movie’ – Ben Witherington III
Response to a Defense of Zeitgeist: Sources – Albert McIlhenny
An Evaluation of the Work and Influence of D.M. Murdock – Albert McIlhenny
Was the Resurrection Story Borrowed From Ancient Myths? – C. Michael Patton
Zeitgeist: The Persuasive Power of an Awful Argument – Jon Morrison
Was Christianity Copies from the Pagans? – James Rochford
Refuting 5 False Theories About Jesus – Kyle Dillon
Refuting the Myth That Jesus Never Existed – James Hannam
A Refutation of Acharya S’s book, The Christ Conspiracy – Michael Licona
Scholarly Articles on the Jesus Myth
Parallelomania – Samuel Sandmel
Fraudulent Claims of the Jesus Myth Theory – Mary Jo Sharp
Did Jesus Exist? – Lawrence Mykytiuk
Paul and the Historical Jesus: A Case Study in 1 Corinthians – Stephen J. Bedard
Methodological Problems With the Jesus Myth Hypothesis – Stephen J. Bedard
The best way to respond to the Jesus myth theory is to read the actual myths. They are counting on people not going to the primary sources. Once you read the myths, you will see that the parallels are only apparent when they rewrite them with biblical language.
Mysteries of Mithra (This is not a primary source but is an introduction to Mithraism from both a non-Jesus myth and non-evangelical perspective)
Free course (audio format) on Classical Mythology
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Josephus’ mention of Jesus a forgery?
Josephus did mention Jesus but unfortunately a well-meaning Christian added to his description in an attempt to make Jesus look more exalted. There is also an uncontested mention of Jesus in the account of the death of Jesus’ brother James.
Are the Gospels disqualified as historical sources because they are included in Scripture?
Inclusion in the Christian canon has no bearing on the historical value of the Gospels.
Are the Gospels disqualified as historical sources because they are biased?
There are no writings, ancient or modern, that are unbiased. We need to be aware of the bias and work with what we have.
Did the Apostle Paul only speak of the glorified Christ?
While Paul’s emphasis is on the resurrected Jesus and our current relationship with him, he did speak of Jesus during his earthly ministry and even quoted him. See this article.
Was Horus born of a virgin?
Horus was conceived through sexual intercourse between Isis and Osiris (who was dead at the time) and it is unlikely that Isis was a virgin before this.
Is Mithras a dying and rising god?
Nowhere in the Mithras myth is he killed, much less resurrected.