Jordan Peterson and the Jesus Myth

Apologetics and Theology

I am currently reading Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules For Life. It is written as a self-help book, and it is fine within those limits. But some of his religious interpretation are a stretch. One is […]

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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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Why Didn’t Paul Mention the Virgin Birth of Jesus?

Apologetics and Theology

Jesus Mythicists frequently comment on Paul’s lack of description of aspects of Jesus’ life, including the virgin birth. Does Paul omission of this event mean that Paul was unaware of it or rejected it? It […]

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10 Steps to Become a Jesus Mythicist

Jesus Myth

Jesus mythicism is growing despite being rejected by the majority of biblical scholars and historians. I have read a lot from Jesus mythicists and have heard their arguments. From my observations, these are the ten […]

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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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Jesus Mythicist Discovers His Own Nonexistence

Apologetics and Theology

Please note that the following article is satire. While studying online articles about the Jesus Myth, Philipp Bullocks of Buffalo, NY, came to a startling conclusion. The Jesus Myth (aka Christ Myth) claims that Jesus […]

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The Jesus Myth and How Scholars Almost Failed the Church

Apologetics and Theology

The first book that I ever wrote was co-written with Stanley Porter. It was called Unmasking the Pagan Christ and it was written in response the the Jesus Myth, the theory that Jesus never existed […]

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Sound Reasoning and the Jesus Myth

Jesus Myth

I recently had the opportunity to talk to Perseus Poku of Sound Reasoning Ministries on the subject of the Jesus Myth. The Jesus Myth is one of my main areas of research and it is always […]

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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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The Jesus Myth and the Crucifixion

Jesus Myth

It is common for Jesus Mythicists to claim that Jesus’ crucifixion was based on earlier (and sometimes later!) pagan myths. They will suggest that god-men such as Horus, Dionysus, Mithras, etc. were all described as […]

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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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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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4 Ways in Which the Incarnation of Jesus Christ is Unique

Incarnation

People who subscribe to the Jesus Myth Theory argue that there is nothing unique to the incarnation of Jesus. They attempt to draw all sorts of parallels that end up disappearing as soon as you […]

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Herodotus, Osiris, Dionysus and the Jesus Myth

Jesus Myth

A major part of some forms of the Jesus Myth Theory is the identification of the Egyptian god Osiris with the Greek god Dionysus. Why is this so important? Because in order to even get […]

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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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Did Jesus Really Have a Brother?

Jesus

Richard Carrier argues that the James who is described as the brother of Jesus, is not really his brother. Why is this important to Carrier? Unlike Catholic apologists who want Mary to be a perpetual […]

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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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5 Things You Need to Know About the Jesus Myth

Jesus Myth

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? […]

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Sean McDowell and Ken Humphreys on the Martyrdom of the Apostles

I recently listened to the debate between Sean McDowell and Ken Humphreys on the Unbelievable? podcast. One of my main areas of research is the Jesus myth theory and Humpreys is a mythicist, so this […]

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James George Frazer’s Golden Bough

Apologetics and Theology

One of the books that I have heard much about and wanted to read was James George Frazer‘s Golden Bough. Although it was first published in 1890, it still is influential even if that influence […]

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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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C.S. Lewis Challenges the Jesus Myth

C.S. Lewis and Friends

Certain forms of the Jesus Myth Theory make a big deal out of the dying and rising theme where the experience of a god represents what is taking place in nature with regard to seasons […]

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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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An Evaluation of the Work and Influence of D. M. Murdock

Apologetics and Theology

The following is a guest post by Albert McIlhenny. I really appreciate the work of Albert as we share an interest in the Jesus Myth Theory. Albert blogs at Labarum and I would especially like to […]

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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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Was Dionysus Born of a Virgin?

Apologetics and Theology

Some time back I responded to the claim of the Jesus Myth Theory (JMT) that the Egyptian god Horus was born of a virgin. The evidence demonstrated that Horus was not born of a virgin. But […]

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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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Jesus from the Pagans

Jesus

The Myth Master, who in this video proved that Jesus never existed, is back. Now the Myth Master demonstrates beyond a shadow of a doubt that the story of Jesus was borrowed from the pagans. […]

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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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The Historicized Jesus?

Apologetics and Theology

This is the last instalment in my series of responses to Robert Price’s Deconstructing Jesus. If you know his book, you will see that I am skipping his chapter on “Cruci-fiction.” The reason for this […]

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Is Jesus a Sun God?

Apologetics and Theology

Some versions of the Jesus Myth Theory attempt to argue that Jesus was a sun god and that he was derived from other sun gods. But other than a desire to connect Jesus with Horus […]

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Sacred Scapegoat

In the sixth chapter of Robert Price’s Deconstructing Jesus, he focuses on the work of René Girard. The foundation of Girard’s theory is that there is literary theme of a crowd or mob grabbing an individual […]

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The Lost Gospel

Apologetics and Theology

In this post, I look at the fifth chapter of Robert Price’s Deconstructing Jesus. This chapter brings up some of the same concerns as were found in previous chapters. In this chapter, Price shares some […]

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Messiah as Mishnah

Apologetics and Theology

Continuing through Robert Price’s Deconstructing Jesus, we find more of Price’s assertions about the earliest beliefs of the Christians. Price attempts to argue that because of anachronisms, “the gospel traditions in question must be removed […]

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The Christ Cults

Christ

This is my response to the third chapter of Robert Price’s Deconstructing Jesus. Price, still arguing for a wide diversity among the earliest Christians, presents three “Christ cults.” When you hear the word ‘cult,’ don’t […]

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The Jesus Movements

Apologetics and Theology

In the second chapter of Deconstructing Jesus, Price continues to attempt a picture of the earliest church that differed on major issues. Price makes much of Q, the hypothetical document that contains sayings common to […]

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Reconstructing Christian Origins

Apologetics and Theology

I am currently reading Robert Price’s Deconstructing Jesus and I thought I would blog my reflections on each chapter. Although the book was published in 2000, Price is one of the few Jesus Mythicists who […]

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Translating the Jesus Myth For You

If you have encountered the Jesus Myth Theory (JMT), you may be confused. They claim that the stories of pagan god-men are almost exactly the same as the story of Jesus. But when you read […]

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Mary, Isis and the Great Virgin

Apologetics and Theology

In a previous post, I demonstrated that Horus was not born of a virgin as Isis was likely not a virgin before the conception and because Horus was conceived through sexual intercourse. That would seem […]

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Was Horus Born of a Virgin?

Horus

Among those who promote the Jesus Myth, one of the favourite pagan gods is that of Horus. It is claimed that much of what we read in the Gospels about Jesus is found in the […]

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Why Jesus Never Existed

Apologetics and Theology

A presentation on the nonexistence of Jesus by the Myth Master, whose resemblance to a certain apologist is only a coincidence. Anyone interested in the Jesus myth theory will like this.

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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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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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Reinventing Jesus

I have had Reinventing Jesus on my bookshelf for some time. While it looked interesting, it was not a priority for me to read. It looked like more of the same popular level historical Jesus […]

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Reasons For the Jesus Myth Theory

Apologetics and Theology

One of my main areas of research is the Jesus myth theory. I have done a lot of work in refuting it but the question remains: Why has theory returned? Komoszewski, Sawyer and Wallace suggest […]

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Horus Ruins Christmas

Horus Ruins Christmas

One of my main areas of interest is the Jesus Myth, which argues that there was no Jesus and the Gospels are just versions of pagan myths. I came across this video, called Horus Ruins […]

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Theophilus on Early Christian Attitudes Toward Mythology

Apologetics and Theology

Authors such as Tom Harpur, suggest that not only was Jesus based on already existing pagan god-men, but the early church was well aware of this.  According to Harpur and others, it was only much […]

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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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People Kill

Apologetics and Theology

I have just finished reading the chapter “Religion Kills.”  It was a very frustrating chapter to read.  Hitchens’ argument is that religion seems to lead to greater violence.  His evidence is that numerous groups that […]

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The Magi

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of […]

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Jesus as the Solar Messiah

Much of my research is in the area of the Jesus myth theory.  Part of this theory is that Jesus was created as another solar messiah or god along the lines of Helios, Apollo and […]

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Mary and Pagan Virgin Mothers

Mary

Very often, skeptics claim that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is just another version of other pagan virgin mothers such as Isis.  I have done some work to demonstrate that often these pagan mothers are […]

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What We Can Learn From Tom Harpur

As many people know, I have some serious disagreements with Tom Harpur.  However, it is easy to get so caught up in how much we disagree that we neglect to take the opportunity to learn. […]

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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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Meri, Mary and the Mother of the Saviour

A recent comment on this blog asked about the Egyptian Meri as a name for Isis as a connection to Mary the mother of Jesus.  If you Google Meri and Mary you will find dozens […]

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Laozi, Jesus and the Virgin Birth

One of the most common arguments of the Jesus myth hypothesis is that the virgin birth of Jesus in the Gospels is just another version of the many virgin births in other religions.  When one […]

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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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