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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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Did Jesus Really Have a Brother? 0

Did Jesus Really Have a Brother?

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...

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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

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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5 Things You Need to Know About the Jesus Myth 0

5 Things You Need to Know About the 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...

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Sean McDowell and Ken Humphreys on the Martyrdom of the Apostles 0

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...

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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

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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C.S. Lewis Challenges the Jesus Myth 0

C.S. Lewis Challenges the Jesus Myth

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...

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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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An Evaluation of the Work and Influence of D. M. Murdock 5

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

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...

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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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Jesus from the Pagans

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...

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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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The Historicized Jesus? 0

The Historicized Jesus?

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...

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Is Jesus a Sun God?

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...

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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...

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The Lost Gospel 0

The Lost Gospel

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...

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Messiah as Mishnah 0

Messiah as Mishnah

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...

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The Christ Cults 0

The Christ Cults

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,’...

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The Jesus Movements 0

The Jesus Movements

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...

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Reconstructing Christian Origins 0

Reconstructing Christian Origins

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...

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Translating the Jesus Myth For You 0

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...

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Mary, Isis and the Great Virgin 1

Mary, Isis and the Great Virgin

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...

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Why Jesus Never Existed

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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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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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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Reinventing Jesus 0

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...

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Reasons For the Jesus Myth Theory 0

Reasons For the Jesus Myth Theory

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...

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Horus Ruins Christmas 2

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...

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Theophilus on Early Christian Attitudes Toward Mythology 2

Theophilus on Early Christian Attitudes Toward Mythology

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...

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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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People Kill

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...

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The Magi 2

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...

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Jesus as the Solar Messiah 0

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...

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Mary and Pagan Virgin Mothers

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...

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What We Can Learn From Tom Harpur 0

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...

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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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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...

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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...

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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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