2014-12-16

Jesus Mythicism: An Introduction

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by Neil Godfrey

An English language version of Minas Papageorgiou’s book is due out in March 2015. (It has only been available in Greek until now.) You can find details on a dedicated Facebook page.

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The range of names interviewed and types of mythicism represented in the book is very wide indeed. Here is the back cover blurb with some of the details:

One of the most fundamental axioms of Christianity is the faith in the historical existence of Jesus, in his miracles, his martyrdom on the cross and his resurrection as described in the New Testament. But is there any historical evidence for all the above? Is this a true story or another myth? These exact questions are raised by Mythicism, a movement that since the Enlightenment advocates that many old gods, including Jesus, are not real persons. Also, mythicists detect archetypal similarities between a large number of pre-Christian deities and texts that lead to fascinating conclusions. The early mythicists started to investigate the problem of the historicity of Jesus back in the late 18th century. Since then additional evidence has been reported by several academics, historians, theologians, and independent researchers that shed more light on the mystery of Jesus’ life. This book brings for the first time together the views of various mythicists and other experts creating a very interesting mosaic of views. Minas Papageorgiou from Greece, has selectively gathered here nineteen interviews by prominent academics and researchers who were all asked to comment upon the question: Did Jesus really exist? The interviewees are: Dr Robert Price (theologian), Dr Richard Carrier (historian), Dr Maria Dzielska (historian), Dr Gerd Ludemann (theologian), Dr Gunnar Samuelsson (theologian), Dr Lena Einhorn (biologist and history researcher), Dr Payam Nabarz (writer and recreationist of the Mithraic Temple), Raphael Lataster (academic and researcher), Earl Doherty (historian), D.M. Murdock/Acharya S (writer and scholar of comparative religion and mythology), Kenneth Humphreys (writer and researcher), Joseph Atwill (writer and researcher), Neil Godfrey (coordinator of the mythicist blog Vridar), Fritz Heede (filmmaker), Francesco Carotta (linguist and researcher), Daniel Unterbrink (writer and researcher), Ioannis Mpousios (writer and organiser of the “Gardens of Adonis” celebrations), Christos Morfos (writer and researcher), and Harita Meenee (philologist and writer).

Some of these names appear in the Who’s Who: Mythicists and Mythicist Agnostics page. I’m looking forward to it.

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4 Comments

  • Neil Godfrey
    2014-12-16 20:17:26 UTC - 20:17 | Permalink

    I have just updated the original post. Readers may have wondered at first at the absence of D.M. Murdock/Acharya S but the book does indeed include her. It looks like the full spectrum of the better known mythicist approaches is represented. I may have to update my Who’s Who page.

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  • jt
    2015-03-11 20:30:50 UTC - 20:30 | Permalink

    Can’t wait. It looks very interesting.

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