Shattering the Christ Myth
Xulon Press, 2008 - 388 pages
How To Get Rid of Jesus: Prove He Didn't Exist! A popular question posed by Christians today asks, "WWJD?" - which stands for, "What Would Jesus Do?" For more and more Skeptics of Christianity, however, the answer to this question is, "JDNE" - which stands for, "Jesus did not exist!" In this volume, edited by prominent Internet apologist James Patrick Holding, a team of Christian authors provide a series of essays giving detailed answers to those who argue for the "Christ myth." Though rejected by mainstream scholars, this theory continues to grow in popularity among popular writers and Internet antagonists. The need for Christians to be ready to give an answer to it will only become more urgent. "Here's a clear and compelling rebuttal to fallacious claims that keep resurfacing in books and on the Internet. It's well-researched, expertly presented, and ultimately convincing." - Lee Strobel, author, The Case for the Real Jesus
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A water walking, death defying, magical cloud riding jesus did NOT exist except in the gospel fantasy world. A mere mortal non magical "jesus" of some kind behind all the decades later embellishments, ok sure.
Those who don't support the Christ Myth theory would be well advised to avoid this book. The old tired standbys of Josephus, Tacitus, and Pliny the younger are trotted with all the pomp of Don Quixote showing off his "magnificent steed" and about as believable if you know the facts--Josephus is know to have been tampered with, Tacitus use of the wrong title shows that odds are he was repeating rumor NOT history, and all Pliny does is show there are Christians in the 1st century CE something not even the most rabid Christ Myth denies.
Holding's research to put it bluntly is poor. He doesn't know that Christ myth has MANY meanings (including "(the) view states that the story of Jesus is a piece of mythology, possessing no more substantial claims to historical fact than the old Greek or Norse stories of gods and heroes,...". Note the "story of" there; there are plenty stories of people who really lived that have little or no basis in fact--George Washington chopping the cherry tree; Davy Crocket and the Frozen Dawn; and Jesse James and the Widow all come to mind. Yet many apologists like Holding will make the illogical jump from "story of" Jesus to "man didn't exist" even though Drews stated that if one insisted there had to be an actual person behind the Gospel Jesus we knew nothing about him and Robertson was willing to say that a historical Jesus that "preached a political doctrine subversive of the Roman rule, and . . . thereby met his death" may have been one of the components that went into the Christ Myth.)
The book is a prime example of what Carrier in his PEER REVIEWED and SCHOLARLY PUBLISHED work _On the Historicity of Jesus_ says is too common on both sides of the debate--poorly researched work that mixes Reductive theory ("Jesus was an ordinary but obscure individual who inspired a religious movement and copious legends about him") and Triumphalist theory ("The Gospels are totally or almost totally true.") together and makes a mess of things.