Atheists and the Jesus Myth

Apologetics and Theology

A recent Twitter poll by philosopher Stephen Law asked atheists about their belief in the existence of God. The results were interesting. Atheists only: do you believe Jesus was real, that Jesus is a myth, […]

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Rudolf Bultmann and the Jesus Myth

Jesus Myth

Rudolf Bultmann was no friend of evangelicals. In fact during the mid-twentieth century, we would have been seen by many as the enemy. Bultmann believed that the New Testament was filled with myth. The virgin […]

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On the Historicity of Jesus Christ and Santa Claus

Santa Claus

Is believing in Jesus the same thing as believing in Santa Claus? It depends on what you mean by that. Jesus and Santa Claus (St Nicholas) both existed. So there is some similarity there. But […]

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Jesus Mythicists Are Not Skeptical Enough

Jesus Mythicists

The Jesus Myth Theory basically has two components: 1) that Jesus of Nazareth didn’t exist and 2) the Jesus of the Gospels is based on pagan myths. They would argue that their skepticism leads them […]

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What Evidence is There That Jesus Existed?

Jesus

This question comes up regularly. Although I have written extensively on the theory that Jesus never existed, it might be helpful to present the primary evidence for the existence of Jesus in a concise and […]

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12 Things You Need to Know About the Jesus Myth

Jesus Myth

Jesus mythicists often try and make a big deal about the twelve disciples as being related to the twelve signs of the Zodiac (even though it is really related to the twelve tribes of Israel) […]

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God Among Sages – Review

God Among Sages

I have been enjoying Ken Samples blog and I frequently link to it. He consistently provides good content that is theologically sound. So I was very happy when I was offered a review copy of […]

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How the Jesus Myth Really Started

Apologetics and Theology

A small dwelling in Jerusalem, some time in the mid-30s AD. Saul: Thank you for meeting me on such short notice. I have been watching you for a while and I think you are exactly […]

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Decoding the Jesus Myth

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 in […]

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William Lane Craig on Paul’s Epistles and Jesus Traditions

William Lane Craig

I have heard a number of skeptics argue that Paul’s lack of quotations of Jesus are a serious problem for our understanding of Jesus. Jesus was a well known historical figure, why doesn’t Paul quote him […]

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Did Luke Believe in the Jesus Myth?

Apologetics and Theology

The Jesus myth claims that Jesus never existed and that his story is not based on history but on myth. Jesus would be no different than Horus or Dionysus. If the Jesus myth is true, […]

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The Jehovah’s Witnesses Take on the Jesus Myth

Jesus Myth

Since I have written a book on the Jehovah’s Witnesses and a book on the Jesus Myth, I was quite interested when some ladies came to my door and gave me the latest issue of […]

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5 Questions to Ask Jesus Mythicists

Apologetics and Theology

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 advice […]

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5 Reasons I Write About the Jesus Myth

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 pagan […]

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Unmasking the Jesus Myth

Apologetics and Theology

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 2006, […]

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

Apologetics and Theology

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 none […]

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Evidence for the Historical Jesus Infographic

Historical Jesus

Here is my first attempt at an infographic. While there is other evidence for the historical Jesus, this infographic gives the primary sources. If you are interested in more on this topic, make sure to […]

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Top Ten Jesus Myth Posts

Apologetics and Theology

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 was […]

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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. There […]

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A Problem for the Jesus Myth

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 claim. […]

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The Gospels Are Reliable and the Gospel Jesus is a Historical Person

Apologetics and Theology

I recently came across a post called The Gospels are Unreliable and the Gospel Jesus is Not a Historical Person on a blog named Academic Atheism. The author of the blog does not provide their […]

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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 God, […]

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5 Bad Reasons to Suspect That Jesus Never Existed

Apologetics and Theology

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 that […]

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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% of […]

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1170 Reasons to Respond to the Jesus Myth

Jesus Myth

In 2006, when our book Unmasking the Pagan Christ had just come out, some people were confused by why we wrote it. My friends were happy for me but were confused why we would argue […]

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Did Jesus Even Exist?

Apologetics and Theology

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.  

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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 (mostly […]

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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. It […]

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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 so […]

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5 Things to Remember When Talking About the Historical Jesus

Apologetics and Theology

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 scholars […]

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Michael Paulkovich and the 126 Who Did Not Know Jesus

Apologetics and Theology

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 or […]

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If Jesus Existed, Christianity May Be True

Apologetics and Theology

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 this […]

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7 Reasons Why I Reject the Jesus Myth

Apologetics and Theology

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 to […]

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10 Responses to D.M. Murdock and the Zeitgeist Movie

Zeitgeist

D.M. Murdock had an article published in the Examiner titled “Top 10 Myths About the Religion of Zeitgeist.”  These are ten responses to the Jesus myth that she thinks are false. I would like to […]

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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 God. […]

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Why Should We Care About the Jesus Myth?

Jesus Myth

What is the Jesus myth theory? There are a number of variations of this concept. The version I originally came into contact with claimed that there was no historical Jesus and that the Jesus of […]

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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 that […]

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Dale Allison on the Existence of Jesus

Apologetics and Theology

I still often come across people who deny the existence of Jesus. They suggest that believing in a real Jesus is just evangelical wishful thinking. I came across this interview with Dale Allison. Allison is […]

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The Lack of Unbiased Evidence for Jesus

Apologetics and Theology

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 biased […]

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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 them […]

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The Apologetic Value of Philo Not Mentioning Jesus

Apologetics and Theology

Fairly regularly, I hear skeptics mention Philo’s silence regarding Jesus as being devastating to claims about the historical Jesus.  If Jesus really lived, then surely Philo would have mentioned him. The truth is, aside from […]

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Craig Keener on the Existence of Jesus

Apologetics and Theology

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 a […]

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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, although […]

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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 you […]

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Clay Jones on the Jesus Myth Theory

Apologetics and Theology

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 I […]

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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 of […]

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Top Ten Problems With the Jesus Myth Theory

Jesus Myth

As I sit here watching the documentary on Tom Harpur’s Pagan Christ, I find myself reminded of all the problems that I see in the Jesus myth theory.  I will share my top ten problems […]

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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 and […]

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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, medicine […]

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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 Theological […]

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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 the […]

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Fabricating Jesus

Apologetics and Theology

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, John […]

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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: Tom […]

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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 the […]

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Josephus, John the Baptist and the Historical Jesus

Josephus

The idea that Jesus was not a historical figure stubbornly remains in some areas.  Is there truly any historical evidence for Jesus?  There most definitely is.  Some of the best non-biblical evidence comes from the […]

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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 the […]

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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 a […]

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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 early […]

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