It’s time to ponder whether a Jesus really existed

I’m always surprised at how much rancor is directed toward “mythicists”—those who deny that there was a real Jesus who, whether or not he was divine, was the nucleus around which Christianity accreted. I’m also surprised at how certain many biblical scholars are that Jesus existed (Bart Ehrman, to give a prominent example). Yet although I am the first to … Continue reading It’s time to ponder whether a Jesus really existed

Once again: did Jesus exist?

UPDATE: Several readers have said in the comments that this is a non-issue: why should anyone care whether a historical Jesus existed?  I would have thought the answer was obvious, but I’ll let Sajanas, who has already commented, give it: But so much of Christian philosophy is based around the argument for authority, that Jesus … Continue reading Once again: did Jesus exist?

Was Jesus made up by the Romans?

I guess this “news” has been circulating for over a year, but it’s been off my radar screen. We all know about the squabbles dealing with the existence of Jesus: was he really a divine, wonder-working son of God (WIlliam Lane Craig), an apocalyptic preacher who wasn’t divine at all (Bart Ehrman), or was there … Continue reading Was Jesus made up by the Romans?

The historicity of Jesus: Bart Ehrman responds to Richard Carrier (sort of)

Well, Bart Ehrman has responded on his website (Christianity in Antiquity: The Bart Ehrman Blog) to Richard Carrier’s criticisms of Ehrman’s new book affirming the historicity (but not the divinity) of Jesus. Well, he’s sort of responded, because, in his reply, called “Acharyna S, Richard Carrier, and a cocky Peter (or ‘A cock and bull … Continue reading The historicity of Jesus: Bart Ehrman responds to Richard Carrier (sort of)

I have a look at Ehrman’s new book on Jesus

As anyone who reads this site should know, Bart Ehrman has published a new book on the historicity of Jesus: Did Jesus Exist? The historical argument for Jesus of Nazareth.  You’ll also know that that the book doesn’t assert the divinity of Jesus, claiming, as Ehrman has consistently, that the man was a fully human … Continue reading I have a look at Ehrman’s new book on Jesus