10 Problems With the Jesus Myth (and Why it Matters)
by Stephen J. Bedard
Ten years ago, I co-wrote my first book entitled, Unmasking the Pagan Christ. My friends were understandably excited for me. They asked me the natural question of what it was about. I explained the book demonstrated that the person and life of Jesus was not based on pagan myths and that he was indeed a historical figure. There was silence.
To my friends, writing a book on this was like trying to argue that fish like water. After all, everyone knows that Jesus is real, even if they don’t believe he was the Son of God or that he rose from the dead.
Except not everyone believes this.
There is something called the Jesus Myth, a theory that has existed in some form or another, since the nineteenth century. The basic argument is that Jesus never existed as a historical figure and that the Jesus of the Gospels was just another version of other pagan gods such as Horus, Dionysus, Mithras, etc.
A form of the Jesus Myth was found in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code and the theory has become so popular that even ex-Christian and agnostic, Bart Ehrman, felt the need to respond to the theory.
I have been researching the Jesus Myth for ten years and have seen the need to provide resources only grow. Even if many scholars see the Jesus Myth as not worth responding to, the fact is that people are accepting this theory in growing numbers.
Ten Problems with the Jesus Myth
Here are ten problems with the Jesus Myth that will hopefully help you to encourage those being troubled by it…
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