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Decoding the Jesus Myth

CNN recently republished a 2012 article Decoding Jesus: Separating man from myth, written by John Blake. It is another rehashing of the Jesus myth, the theory that Jesus never existed. There is nothing much new...

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5 Questions to Ask Jesus Mythicists 3

5 Questions to Ask Jesus Mythicists

The Jesus Myth Theory claims that Jesus never existed and that the narratives of the Gospels are based on pagan myths. In my recent book, Unmasking the Jesus Myth, I attempt to give practical...

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Unmasking The Jesus Myth Now Available in Print 0

Unmasking The Jesus Myth Now Available in Print

My book, Unmasking the Jesus Myth, which has been available in Kindle, is now available in print. It is short book that is meant to be a practical introduction to the Jesus Myth, giving...

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5 Reasons I Write About the Jesus Myth 0

5 Reasons I Write About the Jesus Myth

If I have a specialty in apologetics, it is in responding to the Jesus Myth Theory. The JMT argues that there was no historical Jesus and the Jesus of the Gospels is based on...

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Unmasking the Jesus Myth 0

Unmasking the Jesus Myth

I am excited to tell you about a brand new resource. My newest book, Unmasking the Jesus Myth, is now available in Kindle! What is this book and why should you buy it? In...

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Why Didn’t Paul Speak More About the Historical Jesus? 0

Why Didn’t Paul Speak More About the Historical Jesus?

It is true that Paul did not speak as much about the earthly life and ministry of Jesus as we would have liked. Rudolf Bultmann claimed, “The historical Jesus plays no role or practically...

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Top Ten Jesus Myth Posts 0

Top Ten Jesus Myth Posts

Somehow, I have found myself with the Jesus Myth Theory as my area of specialization. It makes sense in that I have an interest in historical Jesus studies and well as classical mythology (I...

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Yes Maclean’s, Jesus Really Did Exist 4

Yes Maclean’s, Jesus Really Did Exist

Just in time for Easter, Maclean’s magazine ran an article called Did Jesus Really Exist? written by Brian Bethune. It is a bit of strange article, blending theories by Bart Ehrman and Richard Carrier....

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A Great Resource Responding to the Jesus Myth Theory 0

A Great Resource Responding to the Jesus Myth Theory

One of my first introductions to serious apologetics was responding to the Jesus Myth Theory by co-writing Unmasking the Pagan Christ. That was back in 2006, a time when many people were not taking...

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A Problem for the Jesus Myth 0

A Problem for the Jesus Myth

Jesus mythicists argue that Jesus never existed and the Jesus of the Gospels are based on pagan god-men, mostly Egyptian and Greek. I have examined the myths and have not found the parallels they...

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Responding to Jesus Skeptics 0

Responding to Jesus Skeptics

I find that Christians are still surprised when they hear that there are people who doubt the historical existence of Jesus. People have always doubted that Jesus was the Christ or the Son of...

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5 Books on Jesus That You Should Read in 2016 0

5 Books on Jesus That You Should Read in 2016

For Christians, there is no more important topic than that of Jesus. Thankfully there are some great books on Jesus available to us. Here are my recommendations for books on Jesus that would be...

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5 Bad Reasons to Suspect That Jesus Never Existed 1

5 Bad Reasons to Suspect That Jesus Never Existed

The Jesus myth theory continues to live on. Valerie Tarico recently wrote an article called “Here are 5 reasons to suspect that Jesus never existed” on Raw Story. Before going into details, it is interesting...

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5 Reasons Why Jesus Was a Real Person 3

5 Reasons Why Jesus Was a Real Person

I am deeply disturbed that a recent study in the UK showed that 40% of people believe that Jesus was a mythical or fictional character and not a real historical figure. Even though 99.9%...

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Did Jesus Even Exist? 0

Did Jesus Even Exist?

Andy Bannister of RZIM Canada addresses the topic of the existence of Jesus. While most people assume it is obvious, there is a growing number who doubt it. If you are interested in this...

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The Historical Jesus: Five Views 1

The Historical Jesus: Five Views

At the beginning of twentieth century, Albert Schweitzer wrote a book called, The Quest of the Historical Jesus. In this book (which I highly recommend), Schweitzer guides the reader through the post-enlightenment attempts of...

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James Dunn on Oral Transmission 0

James Dunn on Oral Transmission

Some skeptics suggest that we do not have accurate sources in the Gospels because they were written too late (often assumed to be 40-50 years after the crucifixion). This claim makes some major assumptions....

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Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes 0

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes

Not to boast, but I have read quite a few books on the New Testament in general and the Gospels in particular. To be honest, it can easily become more of the same. Not...

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Bart Ehrman Takes On the Jesus Myth 0

Bart Ehrman Takes On the Jesus Myth

Some atheists have begun to adopt the Jesus myth theory, that is the claim that Jesus was not a historical figure. New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman, himself an agnostic, speaks to the Jesus myth...

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5 Things to Remember When Talking About the Historical Jesus 2

5 Things to Remember When Talking About the Historical Jesus

Some Christians feel uncomfortable when discussions start about the historical Jesus. The fear is that historical Jesus studies may compromise Christian beliefs about Jesus. The truth is that many of the top historical Jesus...

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Michael Paulkovich and the 126 Who Did Not Know Jesus 2

Michael Paulkovich and the 126 Who Did Not Know Jesus

Michael Paulkovich is getting some attention with his list of 126 writers who should have written about Jesus but did not. According to Paulkovich, if Jesus existed we would expect each of these writers...

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If Jesus Existed, Christianity May Be True 0

If Jesus Existed, Christianity May Be True

Nigel Barber recently wrote an article called “If Jesus Never Existed, Religion May Be Fiction” in the Huffington Post. While he deals with a few religious movements, I will only deal with Jesus in...

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7 Reasons Why I Reject the Jesus Myth 2

7 Reasons Why I Reject the Jesus Myth

The Jesus myth theory (the idea that there was no historical Jesus and that the Christ of the Gospels is based on pagan myths) has become quite popular in recent years. I have talked...

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10 Reasons Why There Really Was a Historical Jesus 7

10 Reasons Why There Really Was a Historical Jesus

Was there really a historical Jesus? Was there a religious teacher that started a new movement in the first century? I’m not even talking about whether he was the Christ or the Son of...

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The Wrong Jesus 0

The Wrong Jesus

I believe that one of the main battlefronts for apologetics at this time is in New Testament studies, more specifically in the study of the historical Jesus. In many ways, things have not changed...

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The Lack of Unbiased Evidence for Jesus 8

The Lack of Unbiased Evidence for Jesus

When I speak to critics and skeptics, it is common to hear comments about the lack of unbiased evidence for Jesus from the first century.  They reject the New Testament evidence for Jesus as...

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Did the Church Make Up the Words of Jesus? 8

Did the Church Make Up the Words of Jesus?

What do we do with those red letters in the Bible?  Did Jesus really say those words?  Or did the church just make up sayings related to the issue of the day and place...

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Craig Keener on the Existence of Jesus 0

Craig Keener on the Existence of Jesus

People doubting the existence of Jesus is persistent theory that just does not seem to want to go away.  Is there any evidence for the existence of Jesus?  New Testament scholar Craig Keener wrote...

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The Majority Report 2

The Majority Report

I was recently challenged on why I use the fact that the great majority of historians say that Jesus existed or that the majority of Josephus scholars acknowledge that Josephus said something about Jesus,...

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Why I Believe in the Resurrection 1

Why I Believe in the Resurrection

Is believing in the resurrection of Jesus reasonable? Since we have just come out of Easter, I thought I would share why I believe in the resurrection of Jesus.  These are not “proofs.”  If...

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Clay Jones on the Jesus Myth Theory 0

Clay Jones on the Jesus Myth Theory

Clay Jones on his blog recently addressed the Jesus myth, which argues that Jesus never existed and that the story was based on pagan myths.  Since that is of interest to me, I thought...

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Did Jesus Exist? 0

Did Jesus Exist?

Among Christians, it is common to think of a trilemma in regards to the identity of Jesus. In part inspired by C.S. Lewis, the trilemma suggests that there are three options for the identity...

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The Founder of Christianity 0

The Founder of Christianity

One of the books that I have recently read is C.H. Dodd’s The Founder of Christianity.  Dodd was one of the most important New Testament scholars of a previous generation.  This was his last book...

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The Quest of the Historical Jesus

I finally got around to reading book I have been interested in for some time: The Quest of the Historical Jesus by Albert Schweitzer.  Schweitzer (1875-1965) was an incredible individual with doctorates in theology,...

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Bocking at the Jesus Seminar 0

Bocking at the Jesus Seminar

The web-site www.bethinking.org has a great lecture by Darrell Bock on the Jesus Seminar.  I enjoy Darrell’s work and I read his blog regularly.  Dr. Bock teaches New Testament at a conservative seminary (Dallas...

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Testamonium Flavianum 2

Testamonium Flavianum

When we look for the evidence of the historical Jesus, we must spend time dealing with the first century Jewish historian Josephus.  Josephus wrote a number of books including one called the Antiquities of...

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Fabricating Jesus 0

Fabricating Jesus

I just finished reading Craig A. Evans’ Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels.  This was one of the best books on apologetics that I have ever read.  Evans tackles the Jesus Seminar,...

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Wine into Water 2

Wine into Water

I have a new article published in the McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry. It is a response to Tom Harpur’s latest book, Water into Wine. My article is entitled “Turning Wine into Water:...

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Jesus Now and Then 0

Jesus Now and Then

I just finished reading a book called Jesus Now and Then by Richard Burridge and Graham Gould.  The book is divided into two section written by each author: one on the New Testament and...

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John Dominic Crossan and the Historical Jesus 3

John Dominic Crossan and the Historical Jesus

As part of some research I am doing into the historical Jesus, I just finished reading John Dominic Crossan’s The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant.  Crossan was a part of...

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The Jesus Myth 0

The Jesus Myth

One of my interests is the claim that Jesus was not a historical figure but rather just another myth.  Despite my interest, I must confess a certain level of frustration.  In many ways it is...

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Paul and the Historical Jesus 1

Paul and the Historical Jesus

One of the things that I get frustrated with is the claim that the Apostle Paul never spoke of the historical Jesus.  If this is true, it leaves wide open the claim that the...

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