Who was the Historical Jesus? Did Jesus really exist? An Introduction to Christ Myth Theory
Much of the material on this website concerns my continuing research into Christian traditions and the historical Jesus Christ: who was Jesus, really? Is there any evidence for his existence? What started the Christian movement? Although the debate continues, and it is impossible to “prove” that Jesus never existed, it is fair to say that the vast majority of both Christians and non-believers alike have a picture of Christian beginnings which has no basis in fact, and are grossly under-educated in regards to the true state of circumstance that fed into the development of the Christian movement.
If you’re curious about who Jesus “really was”, how he is related to the tradition of Christianity, and whether it is possible that Jesus was partially or fully mythical, please check out the following 15 part series on the Mythical Jesus Christ (which for simplicity I’ve also made into a PDF). It’s designed as an introduction to “Christ Myth Theory” and addresses some of the criticisms against my earlier book, Dead Little Fish: The Accidental History of Jesus Christ, which I’m also now giving away for free.
Below you’ll also find links to some of my more recent articles as well, much of which was background for my latest book, Jesus Potter Harry Christ.
To Recap: If you’re looking for a quick, easy guide to “get your feet wet” – grab Dead Little Fish. If you want the most exhaustive, fascinating argument against the historical Jesus Christ ever written, get your hands on Jesus Potter Harry Christ (click here to download the first four chapters for free).
The following web articles – a 15 part series – were the evolutionary step between them.
An Introduction to Christ-Myth Theory
- The Mythical Jesus Christ (1)
- Criticism against Christ Myth Theory (2)
- Jesus Christ and Paradox (3)
- Debate over the Historical Jesus (4)
- Evidence for the Historical Jesus (5)
- Was Jesus Christ a Myth? (6)
- Pagan Christs and Diabolical Mimicry (7)
- Jesus Christ, the Lion King (8)
- Christ Myth: Jesus Zodiac (9)
- Draco, The Dragon: Where does evil come from? (10)
- Snakes and Ladders (11)
- Was Christianity a Pagan Mystery cult? (12)
- St. Paul and the ‘Stupid Galatians’ (13)
- Christ Myth: Promise of Flesh (14)
- Christ Myth: From Faith to History (15)
You should also check out the very long post “Who was the historical Jesus and Why does he matter?”.
Popular Articles about the Historical-Mythical Jesus Christ
- The Egyptian Face of Jesus: How the politically created cult of Sarapis reveals Jesus Christ as constructed religious synthesis
- Jesus Proof! 5 Arguments in Favor of the Historical Jesus Christ (and 4 against)
- Mary’s Vulva: Jesus Christ, Vesica Pisces and the Christian Fish Symbol
- Defining Jesus: Voting on Christ’s divine and human nature in the Ecumenical Church Councils
- St. Paul’s Mysteries abolish the Law: Was Paul’s Jesus a Pagan God?
- In the name of God: Jesus, Christianity and ritual incantation of magical words with secret power
- Jesus and Mithras Revisited: Shared Symbolism between Mithraism and the Higher Christian Mysteries
- The Jesus Mysteries: Is Christianity a Jewish-Pagan Mystery Cult?
- Making Jesus in our own image: professor of religion Scot McKnight on the historical Jesus
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Derek Murphy is a writer and artist from Oregon, currently working on his PhD thesis on revolutionary literature while traveling the globe. He writes about comparative religion, popular culture and literary theory. If you’d like to hear about his upcoming projects or books, you can follow him on Twitter, join the Facebook page, or subscribe by RSS.