Jesus for skeptics. How to respond to those who say Jesus is a myth
By Justin Brierley
Under what circumstances does a sceptical non-believing Bible scholar begin to sound like a Christian apologist? One of the most bizarre moments of hosting my radio faith debate show Unbelievable? was interviewing New Testament historian Bart Ehrman on the subject of Jesus’ existence. The agnostic scholar is well known for popular books which cast doubt upon aspects of Christianity. Yet, when it came to the historical question of whether Jesus actually existed, Ehrman was unequivocal: Yes he did. And anyone who says otherwise is guilty of bad history.
Ehrman is no advocate of Christianity, yet he was appalled by the rise of so-called ‘Jesus mythicism’. After years of reading the arguments of sceptical atheists who claim that Jesus never existed (the movement primarily exists online, not in any credible sphere of academia) he felt compelled to write a book titled Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth.
However, mythicist theories don’t only exist on hyper-sceptical websites…