This book-length rebuttal by Earl Doherty to Bart Ehrman’s much anticipated and unexpectedly disappointing case for an historical Jesus (“Did Jesus Exist?”, published March 2012) first appeared in installments from March to August 2012 on the Vridar blog (under copyright), and is now being offered in e-book form, with extensive minor revisions.
It addresses virtually every claim and argument put forward by Ehrman in his book, and demonstrates not only the faultiness and inadequacy of those arguments, but the degree to which the author has been guilty of a range of fallacy, special pleading, and clear a priori bias against the very concept of mythicism and those who promote it.
In “Did Jesus Exist?” historicism has demonstrated the bankruptcy of its case for an historical Jesus, while in “The End of an Illusion” Earl Doherty has both exposed the failings of Bart Ehrman’s book and further developed the case for the non-existence of any traditional founder of Christianity.
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