The website Patheos, a new US site that covers all aspects of religion, has published a retooled version of an article I wrote several years ago debunking the theory that Jesus never existed. This idea has been around for ages and has enjoyed new vigour as the internet helped it spread. I cut my debating teeth at Internet Infidels arguing over this with the likes of Earl Doherty and Richard Carrier.
Patheos have split my original article into four bite-sized chunks:
1) Explaining why we can rely on Josephus as evidence Jesus existed;
2) Dealing with the thesis that Jesus’ life shows parallels with pagan god-men;
3) Looking at the evidence that St Paul knew about the historical Jesus; and
4) Satirising the Christ Myth by using similar methods to show that Hannibal didn’t exist either.
Unfortunately, much of this material is as relevant now as when I wrote it. The Christ myth has been endlessly reheated and so I can’t apologise for reheating the rebuttals as well. We must await Richard Carrier’s promised new book to see if he can bring anything new to the party.
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