Pascal’s Wager and the Red Pill: Belief in the Historical Jesus as Self-Constituting Subjective Reality

“If the Jesus of faith is not also the Jesus of history, he’s powerless and he’s meaningless. Unless he’s rooted in reality, unless he established his divinity by rising from the dead, he’s just a feel-good symbol who’s as irrelevant as Santa Claus” (Strobel, 127). Strobel’s reaction to the claim that Jesus wasn’t historical is the same (failed) attempt of the early church to justify the historical Jesus: if he wasn’t historical, he would have been ...

Defining Jesus: Voting on Christ’s divine and human nature in the Ecumenical Church Councils

Although Christianity had finally been given state approval, Constantine soon saw that as a movement Christianity was deeply divided among itself in virtual all areas. In order to stifle disagreements and unify the empire under one, simplified religion, Emperor Constantine summoned the first Church Council. In the summer of 325, the bishops of all provinces were summoned to Nicaea (now in modern-day Turkey), a place easily accessible to the majority of delegates by Emperor Constantine, ...

Who was the Historical Jesus Christ?

Who was the historical Jesus and why does he matter? The controversy surrounding the existence of a historical person who founded the Christian movement has been raging for centuries - in fact much longer. This article is a very brief introduction to this lengthy subject. We will not focus here on the evidence concerning the historical Jesus; we only want to illustrate the extant and depth of the controversy. THE DEBATE SURROUNDING THE HISTORICAL JESUS “The day ...

Christ Myth: From Faith to History (15)

From Faith to History "Before God and before Christ Jesus who is to be judge of the living and the dead, I charge you, in the name of his appearing and of his kingdom: proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it." 2 Timothy 4 Believing that Jesus Christ was a radically new kind of savior, Christians were excited to spread the word. Obeying the scriptures and the commands of the church fathers, many gave ...

Christ Myth: Promise of Flesh (14)

"Many were led astray by reading the allegorical contents of the scriptures literally in the method of the Pharisees and Sadducees" Eusebius, Ecclestical History I believed in Santa Claus until I was nearly thirteen years old. Like my friends, I'd been brought up to think of him as a real person, who made his rounds on a sled pulled by magic reindeer. One day in my parent's kitchen, my best friend told me the truth. His ...

St. Paul and the ‘Stupid Galatians’ (13)

Finally we get to the crucial question: if Jesus was mythological, how and why did people ever start to imagine that he was a historical person? The answer is accidentally preserved in the biblical "Acts of the Apostles" and in the letters of Paul. The New Testament is arranged to appear chronological: the four gospels present the story of Jesus' ministry, Acts of the Apostles narrates the adventures of the disciples, and the letters of Paul ...

Was Christianity a Pagan Mystery cult? (12)

A lot of the articles I've provided so far have been background information, which is indispensable for first becoming aware of the possibility of the mythological Jesus, and then developing the ability to recognize him within the available evidence. I recognize that the material I've provided so far, while educational and fascinating, may still be dismissed as conjecture or fabrication by those who refuse to believe in the mythological Jesus Christ. However, as we approach the ...

Christ Myth: Snakes and Ladders (11)

In the last article we discovered how many creations myths include the icon of a serpent which divided the polarities - an idea inspired by the constellation Draco spinning over the north pole. In this article, I want to focus on the philosophy of expansion and retraction - how religious traditions portrayed the "fall" with holy icons and symbols, and how they developed theories of salvation as a means to return to the original unity. This ...

Where does evil come from? (10)

In the last section we examined how the basic biographical details of Jesus Christ can be traced to an ancient story about the sun. For many Christians, however, the biography of Jesus is not the important part anyway - it is his role as mediator, his divine sonship, and his sacrifice for our sins that sum up the real purpose and message of Christ's ministry. These are powerful spiritual ideas which cannot be removed even ...

Christ Myth: Jesus Zodiac (9)

Before King Herod tried to find and kill the infant Christ, who was smuggled safely into Egypt, a Pharaoh tried to kill the infant Moses, who also survived. Both returned to triumph over their adversaries. Before either of them came Horus and many others, all based on the sun myth. In the most recent adaptation of this story, the infant Harry Potter survived an attack from his enemy Voldemort, went into hiding, and likewise came ...

Jesus Christ, the Lion King (8)

In this article I will provide a basic overview of sun-mythology, including the battle between light and dark, the birth, death and resurrection of a savior, and the triumph over darkness. Next I will give some contemporary examples to show how deeply, and yet unrecognized, the sun story influences our lives, and finally, I will prove that Jesus Christ shares more than an accidental similarity with the story of the sun. The study of astro-mythology, or ...

Pagan Christs and Diabolical Mimicry (7)

Conventional wisdom views Jesus Christ as being a novel and revolutionary person, whose message of love and kindness was rejected by the wicked Jews and Pagans, because they were evil and stupid. This is Christian propaganda of the worst kind, and absolutely untrue; the reason that many could not accept Jesus Christ, was because they saw him as an obvious copy of Pagan spiritual tradition. Those who argue against the historical Jesus point out that ...