01. A Quick Survey of Jesus Mythicism



In A Quick Survey of Jesus Mythicism: New Paradigm or Old Pseudoscholarship?, Albert McIlhenny has written an introduction to the subject of Jesus mythicism for Christians who have little experience dealing with those who deny that Jesus ever existed. The book gives an overview of the topic. the type of evidence mythicists use, the major theories they promote, and a brief look at some of the major presentations of mythicism in book and video. The book will also include a brief look at some other related topics. This book is not intended as a full refutation but as a brief overview of the subject and explanation why scholars do not take mythicist theories seriously.

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The contents of the book are as follows:

Series Introduction

Introduction

Chapter 1 – Basic Information
1.1 – Hermetic Revival
1.2 – Mythicist Rundown
1.3 – Conclusion

Chapter 2 – Mythicist Evidence
2.1 – Church Fathers
2.2 – Pagan Parallels
2.3 – Pauline Epistles
2.4 – Extra-Biblical Evidence
2.5 – Gnosticism and Related Heresies
2.6 – Manuscript Tradition
2.7 – Church History
2.8 – Archaeology
2.9 – Conclusion

Chapter 3 – Mythicist Theories
3.1 – Astrotheological Solar Myth
3.2 – Philological Solar Myth
3.3 – Jungian Solar Myth
3.4 – Joshua Cult
3.5 – Popular Solar Myth
3.6 – Dying and Rising Gods
3.7 – Mystery Religions
3.8 – Hero Myth
3.9 – Wonder Workers
3.10 – Pagan Culture
3.11 – Radical Skepticism
3.12 – Conclusion

Chapter 4 – Mythicist Evidence
4.1 – The Naked Truth
4.2 – The Jesus Mysteries
4.3 – The Christ Conspiracy
4.4 – The Pagan Christ
4.5 – The Jesus Puzzle
4.6 – The God Who Wasn’t There
4.7 – Zeitgeist
4.8 – Nailed
4.9 – No Meek Messiah
4.10 – Proving History and On the Historicity of Jesus
4.11 – Conclusion

Chapter 5 – Miscellaneous Topics
5.1 – Of Skeptics and Mythicists
5.2 – Afrocentrism and Jesus Mythicism
5.3 – Christian Fundamentalism and Jesus Mythicism
5.4 – Future of Jesus Mythicism
5.5 – Conclusion

Conclusion

Appendix 1 – Academic Sources on Hermetism

Appendix 2 – Zeitgeist, Luxor Temple, and the Nativity of Jesus

Appendix 3 – Gerald Massey, Acharya S, and the Immaculate Conception

Appendix 4 – Acharya S and the Crucifixion of Horus

Appendix 5 – Acharya S, Attis, and William Butler Yeats

Appendix 6 – Acharya S on Christmas

Appendix 7 – Earl Doherty and the Exegesis of the Pauline Epistles

Appendix 8 – Carrier vs. Ehrman Scorecard

Appendix 9 – Augustine, Al Stefanelli, and Documentation

Appendix 10 – Mushroom of Revelation

Appendix 11 – The Orpheus Amulet

Appendix 12 – Acharya S, Bart Ehrman, and the Penis-Nosed Rooster Man

Bibliography

Notes