We know Maurice Casey has claimed to have researched the backgrounds of mythicists and claimed that the evidence is clear that most of them are reacting against fundamentalist or similarly strict and closed-minded religious backgrounds. Other scholars such as James McGrath, Jim West and James Crossley have picked up Casey’s claims and repeated them in their online and print publications. They were only too keen to believe Casey’s declarations, of course, and did not even bother to check the evidence Casey presented in his own book, Jesus: Evidence and Argument Or Mythicist Myths?
So I took note of all the evidence Casey himself cited and drew it up in table format. Lo and behold, it turned out that contrary to Casey’s own claim the evidence he cited demonstrated that the least likely predictor of a person who has published a mythicist argument is a fundamentalist or strict/conservative religious background. Quite the opposite, in fact. The most likely predictor is one who has a liberal (including liberal Catholic) or no church background at all.
I have since been alerted to another published mythicist I overlooked in my earlier table and have now added Ken Humphreys to the list. Ken is neither an American (a species of human for whom Casey seems to have a special loathing — see my earlier posts, especially those dated 8th and 10th of March) and is reputed to have been an atheist all his life. So I guess that evangelical angry lying Jimmy West will have to start blaming the “angry atheists” for this mythicism business now.
(Heading above links to the original post)
Roman Catholic Background
(Note N. American/Australian Catholicism is a notoriously liberal form of Catholicism)
Liberal or No Church Background
|Tom Harpur (very positive towards Christianity)||Earl Doherty||Richard Carrier [“Freethinking Methodist”]||George Albert Wells” (for many years published mythicist books but in recent years has come to argue Jesus existed at some time as a teacher of the Q community)|
|Robert M. Price (very positive towards Christianity)||Thomas Brodie (Irish Catholic. Very positive towards Christianity)||Roger Viklund (Den Jesus som aldrig funnits = The Jesus Who Never Was) [Source: comment]||Peter Gandy|
|Frank R. Zindler||Roger Parvus (Paul)||Derek Murphy (Jesus Potter Harry Christ) [Episcopalian]
||Jay Raskin (The Evolution of Christs and Christianities)|
|David Fitzgerald (Nailed)||Joe Atwill (Source: Caesar’s Messiah)||Dorothy Murdock [liberal Congregationalist]
||Stephan Huller (?)|
|Hector Avalos (Mexican Pentecostal: HJ agnostic)||René Salm (now Buddhist and atheist)||Timothy Freke [Source: ch.3 Mystery Experience]||Charles O. Wilson|
|Tm Widowfield (HJ agnostic)||Francesco Carotta (very positive towards Christianity)||Herman Detering (Paul — also denies HJ) (very positive towards Christianity)||Kurt Noll|
|Neil Godfrey||Thomas L. Thompson (Danish/European)||Sid Martin (Secret of the Savior: source online email)||Arthur Droge|
|Raphael Lataster||Thomas S. Verenna||Ken Humphreys (jesusneverexisted.com) [no church background]||Philip R. Davies|
|Raphael Lataster||Neil Godfrey||Steven Carr|
|R. Joseph Hoffmann (Probably a bit rude to include Hoffmann here now since he has become virulently anti-mythicist since Carrier joined the ranks; he used to publish sympathetically towards mythicist ideas of G. A. Wells.)||Robert Eisenman (?)|
|R. G. Price|
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