The strange case of the missing Jesus

By Stephen J. Bedard

It is a common occurrence to hear skeptics question whether Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God or that He was raised from the dead. Such claims have been with us since the time of Jesus.

What may surprise you is that there are a growing number of people who question whether Jesus even existed.

Jesus Myth Theory

This theory began in nineteenth century German scholarship and was soon refuted by the majority of New Testament scholars. It is rare for scholars to find a consensus, but the existence of Jesus as a historical figure is one of those cases.

Despite this, there has been a growing movement among laypeople to question the existence of Jesus. This is a part of what is called the Christ Myth or the Jesus Myth Theory. Mythicists often look to pagan myths as the inspiration for the Jesus of the Gospels, but start with claims about his non-existence.

This theory has spread like wildfire on the internet, being preached on numerous websites, blogs and even a popular internet movie named Zeitgeist.

Some of the well known authors include Timothy Freke, Peter Gandy, D.M. Murdock, Robert Price and Richard Carrier. There is much variety within the Jesus Myth Theory and some of these authors disagree strongly with each other…

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