Bart Ehrman asks: ‘Did Jesus Exist?’

Ehrman challenges mythicists in this post, but he does so with vitriol and a tone which is quite unpleasant.  Frankly, I just don’t have the time to answer the post and it wouldn’t help the mythicist cause anyway (because (a) I’m not a mythicist and (b) I’m not yet credentialed).  It would be nice if Carrier or Price would address this, however, since I believe someone should.  Maybe I’ll write up a response, but it will have to wait until I have time since I am in the midst of school work and I have a paper on Talpiot I have to finish so I can submit it for publication.  Here is a snippet of the article:

In a society in which people still claim the Holocaust did not happen, and in which there are resounding claims that the American president is, in fact, a Muslim born on foreign soil, is it any surprise to learn that the greatest figure in the history of Western civilization, the man on whom the most powerful and influential social, political, economic, cultural and religious institution in the world — the Christian church — was built, the man worshipped, literally, by billions of people today — is it any surprise to hear that Jesus never even existed?

via Bart D. Ehrman: Did Jesus Exist?.

Read on if you’d like.

2 Responses

  1. I think the standard response to Bart’s short answer to Mythicism (and other questions) is “But isn’ t appeal to authority a logical fallacy?”

    Mind you, I am the polar opposite of a Mythicist, but I can see their point on that aspect of the argument.

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