By Stephen Bedard
What is the Jesus myth theory? There are a number of variations of this concept. The version I originally came into contact with claimed that there was no historical Jesus and that the Jesus of the Gospels was just an updated version of other god-men such as Horus, Dionysus and Mithras. There are some who believe that there may have been a real Jesus but the version that has come down to us is based on the pagan myths. Others focus on the non-existence of Jesus and do not try and find his origins in the pagan myths.
When I talk to other Christians about this, they give me a blank stare. How could someone believe that Jesus never existed? How could someone believe that Jesus is like the Egyptian and Greek gods? Many Christians do not know that this is actually a conversation that people are having.
What about scholars? For a long time, scholars refused to get involved in this. The whole concept is so laughable that it is not worth responding to. Anyone with a basic understanding of history should be able to see through this.
What happened? Although the Jesus myth has been around since the nineteenth century, it had a very limited influence. Some people talked about it but it had a very limited impact.
Now we live in the information age and we have access to more information than we have ever had. Now we have more access to Jesus myth books but we also have access to blogs and websites that preach the Jesus myth. Bold claims are made against Jesus and Christians are made to look ignorant for believing that Jesus was a real person…
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