Defining Mythicism: Explaining ‘Jesus Possibilianism’

Recently I have become acquainted with the concept of Possibilianism (and I think it best represents what I am now).  But not only does it fit me epistemologically, but I think it fits my position on the figure of Jesus as well.  Steven Carr has asked (I think, since at times it is difficult to get at his meaning) about my agnosticism, as if I am suggesting I sort of just sit on the fence about it.  And that isn’t necessarily my position at all, as I do not just throw my hands up in the air and say, sighing, “Well, I guess my job is done now since I don’t have a specific definitive position on historicity.”  But I was wont to explain it in more detail as I hadn’t quite had an opportunity to weigh out what exactly my position was.  Thankfully, it seems Possibilianism has proven to be quite useful.  I’d like then to propose a new term for your consideration and one I’d like to become accepted within the community, Jesus Possibilianism.  Essentially, as it should be defined:

Jesus Possibilianism: (noun) The position that, while not accepting current trends in mythicism (or as I call it, Zeitgeist Mythicism) nor aligning oneself with the theistic epistemological positions on Jesus, refuses to take any hardline approach on historicity (that is, not accepting nor denying affirmitively historicity) while actively engaging in attempting to discover (through academic pursuits) the reality of the multiple positions on the figure of Jesus as they are today, were in the past (both distant and near), and will be in the future (through meme theory).

That is to say, while I doubt historicity, I still seek to determine the value of historicity and do not refuse the possibility, as I recognize the limitations of the evidence and the differences in interpretation which can be as valid (or more valid, in some instances) as those produced by those who call themselves mythicists.


Hot off the Press: Biblioblog Reference Library Updates!

According to Steve Caruso, the Biblioblog Reference Library has some exciting updates ahead.  First the announcement of a new version (Beta 3) going live:

Once this goes live, you will have the ability to create a Library ID, which opens up a large number of new features, among them being:

  • The ability to build a public profile for yourself and your academic work.
  • Link that profile to author names and blogs in the archive by claiming them.
  • Customize what claimed blogs and author accounts display on their information pages and how often the Archivist software checks for updates.
  • Create, organize, and share lists of posts (“portals”) of your own.
  • Contribute to specific portals by setting up unique tags.

It’s going to be awesome, and I hope to have it up to use by the end of this month, and fully functional by the end of September.

The Biblioblog Reference Library | Biblioblog Library Anouncements: New Version, New Journal, New Press.

Then the announcement comes after a long wait: The Ephemeris Bibliablogarum! What is this you ask?  It’s the new Biblioblog Journal!  The first of its kind–that I know if–for an online Blog community.

With all of the well-written articles and so much talk about a journal over the past number of years, we’re actually going to do it. The peer review system is going to be fully integrated with Beta 3 of the Library, and will have a bunch of spiffy features that will be revealed over the next month as well, so keep watching this space. It will be published in both traditional paper and digital open-access (via a special section of the website).

And last but not least, a Biblioblog publishing house to look after the Journal!

With a journal, there should be a publishing house to look after it, and The Biblioblog Reference Library Press will fill that role. With a strong peer review and editing process, the Press will publish titles in the Humanities that fall in and around Biblical Studies as a field in both traditional paper and digital formats (Kindle, Nook, iBooks, etc.).

Not everyone in the community will approve, some may worry, others may ponder the implications (as I have done in the past), but none the less, I will be participating.  This is quite exciting news indeed.

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