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Did Jesus Exist?
- Modern Historians on the Jesus Myth
- Proponents of the idea that Jesus never existed complain real historians
never take their ideas seriously. Christopher Price has trawled through
a pile of books to find comments by professional academics to find out what
- A History of Scholarly Refutations of the Jesus
- We are often told by Jesus Mythologists that their work has never been
refuted. This is not actually the case and serious scholars have
occasionally taken the trouble to debunk the myth that Jesus never existed.
As this survey by Christopher Price shows, the Mythologists have been refuted
many times in the past and have rarely answered the original challenges to
Myth that Jesus Never Existed
- This light-hearted article serves as an introduction to the question that
atheists never tire of asking - did Jesus really exist? We also look at
why almost no reputable scholar takes the idea that Jesus never lived
seriously and have a go at using the methods of the Jesus Mythologists to
prove another famous figure never was.
- Replying to Earl Doherty: i) Doherty's use
of the Epistle to the Hebrews (and Part 2);
ii) Doherty and the Apostolic Tradition;
iii) Doherty on Christian use of the Hebrew Bible;
iv) Doherty's use of the phrase 'According to the
- There is no need to take all Jesus Mythologists seriously, but Doherty is
an exception. He has written a book and has a large
website devoted to his particular
take on the idea. While he has complained that the Society of Biblical
Literature has refused to engage with his ideas, we are happy to oblige.
Christopher Price subjects his book and its theories to the kind of serious
criticism that Doherty has been asking for.
- An Evening with GA Wells
- The grandfather of today's Jesus Myth movement came to visit and I went to
meet him. Here are my impressions on the talk he gave to the Cambridge
Humanist Society in 2003.
Christianity and Paganism
- A lot of bandwidth has been taken up in the examinations the alleged
parallels between Christianity and various forms of paganism. Guest
writer, Justin Martyr, a professional classicist, casts an experienced eye
over all of this and explains why the arguments about archetypical heroes and
Homeric epics all fail.
- Links to Jesus Myth and Historical Jesus sites
- The internet gives everyone a platform and no idea is without a supporter
or three. The Jesus Myth has plenty of proponents, a few of whom have
something sensible to say and many of whom do not. We review the Jesus
Myth web sites as well as those who have taken the trouble to provide a
rebuttal. If you know of a site that I should review then please contact
- Books for and against the Jesus Myth
- Books on the Jesus Myth are still quite rare and there is no monograph I
know of that is devoted to attacking it. However here are some reviews
of those books that put forward the idea in all its forms in the first place.
If you know of a book that I should review then please contact me
© James Hannam 2003.
20 January, 2010