There is a growing number of people (not in scholarship) that deny the existence of Jesus. Despite the mountain of evidence to the contrary, and despite the fact that no one questioned Jesus’ existence for eighteen centuries, the “mythicist” movement has gained enough traction that it should be directly addressed. Justin Brierly gives you a few points to respond with in this article, but I highly recommend Bart Ehrman’s Did Jesus Exist? which put the question to bed. That Jesus existed and was crucified is as sure a fact as anything from antiquity. Deny this, and you might as well deny all of antiquity. The question is: did he rise?
5 thoughts on “Jesus for skeptics. How to respond to those who say Jesus is a myth”
Robert Price is a scholar.So there’s one.
There is no evidence to suggest the biblical character Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead.
Does it make that much difference whether there was an eschatological itinerant
1st century Rabbi wandering around Galilee who was eventually crucified by the Romans for sedition?
The real question is how does one deal with the unsubstantiated claims made about this figure?
Here, we can definitely agree. Despite being an atheist, I argue staunchly against the mythicist position. The best presentations of it, I find to be untenable. The worst are flat-out lies and misconceptions.
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The historical Jesus is not a myth. The New testament Jesus with super powers and diety most certainly is
Just clarify: you’re certain?
@kiabooks, I wouldn’t say that the NT depictions of Jesus of Nazareth are mythological so much as that they have elements which are consistent with embellished legendry.
By analogy, when Tacitus tells us that Emperor Vespasian used divine authority to heal the blind and the lame, I would not consider this Vespasian to be a myth. Historical accounts of dubious veracity are not necessarily myths, even if they are religious in nature.