Earl Doherty’s response to James McGrath‘s “review” of JNGNM & other criticisms (& misc)

Some of the following posts are my comparisons of James McGrath’s criticisms and Earl Doherty’s original arguments. Others are by Doherty himself.



  • julie mackey
    2016-05-04 13:18:01 UTC - 13:18 | Permalink

    As a Christian (Catholic) convinced of mythicism I yearn to find discussion of the implications for faith and the implications for the legitimacy, or otherwise, of Christian institutions. Where can I find it?

    • Neil Godfrey
      2016-05-04 13:29:39 UTC - 13:29 | Permalink

      I presume you know of Thomas Brodie, correct? Or Thomas L. Thompson?

      I suggest trying to contact Thomas Brodie or one of his colleagues/students and/or perhaps even Thomas L. Thompson. Brodie’s publisher will probably be willing to forward your contact details to Brodie for him to contact you.

      TLT is at Copenhagen University and I only know he has described himself as a Roman Catholic and appears to be at least open to the question of mythicism.

    • Damon
      2016-05-04 21:12:25 UTC - 21:12 | Permalink


      There are many fascinating approaches that suggest that if Christianity is myth, then it shares the power and romance after all, of other myths.

      I know I’ve seen some of these. But can’t quite recall specifics. Often TV/video shows cover myths spectacularly, and with lots of emotion.. While faintly hinting at haunting similarities with Christianity. Due to problems with Christian dogmatists though, such things were often only very, very elusively hinted at.

      Maybe someone like Joseph Campbell, talking on heroes, etc.? If you want to feel the emotions in such mythic connections.

      You might though, in your own, read Bullfinch’s account of the burning of Hercules; and on your own, compare it to Paul’s Marcionist idea. Of the flesh being burned away, to leave the immortal soul triumphant.

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