Bart Ehrman says that Jesus existed

NOTE ADDED:  Several people have pointed this out, but when we’re asking whether Jesus existed in more than the sense of simply somebody named Jesus, there are two ways of construing that claim. 1. An itinerant apocalyptic preacher around whom the myths of Christianity coalesced (and who may or may not have been crucified). 2. … Continue reading Bart Ehrman says that Jesus existed

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

More on Bart Ehrman’s new book about Jesus

This should anger up those readers who think that Jesus was largely mythological (i.e., not even based on a real person), or that the evidence supporting such a person was weak at best.  HuffPo has a piece on Bart Ehrman’s new book, Did Jesus Exist? called “In ‘Did Jesus Exist?’, Bart Ehrman’s portrayal of Jesus … Continue reading More on Bart Ehrman’s new book about Jesus

How do we judge whether Jesus existed? A philosopher comments

A reader whose name escapes me recommended a paper that will interest those of us who have been following the Ehrman/Carrier debates about the historicity of Jesus. It’s by Stephen Law, a philosopher at the University of London, editor of the popular philosophy journal Think, issued by the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and Provost of … Continue reading How do we judge whether Jesus existed? A philosopher comments