05. Evaluating Jesus Mythicist Claims



In Evaluating Jesus Mythicist Claims: Responding to Pseudoscholarship, Albert McIlhenny gives a quick critique of some of the most common claims spread across the internet by Jesus mythicists and explains what Christians should look for in crafting a response. Some Christians and many mythicists may be surprised at just how bogus the claims actually are and how easy it is to debunk them. By the end of the book, you should have a good idea just how baseless most of these claims actually are and how to best respond to newly minted claims.

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The contents of the book are as follows:

Series Introduction

Introduction

Chapter 1 – What Are Your Sources?
1.1 – How Did They Come Up With That?
1.2 – An Historical Recap
1.3 – Send in the Cranks
1.4 – A Long, Long Time Ago…
1.5 – Quotemines
1.6 – Conclusion

Chapter 2 – Parallel Memes
2.1 – Blueprint for a Deity
2.2 – Born of a Virgin
2.3 – Merry Solstice
2.4 – Stellar Announcement
2.5 – Angels We Have Heard on High
2.6 – While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
2.7 – Visit of the Magi
2.8 – Massacre of the Innocents
2.9 – Teaching at the Temple
2.10 – Baptism in the Jordan
2.11 – Temptation
2.12 – Disciples
2.13 – Teachings
2.14 – Miracles
2.15 – Titles
2.16 – Last Supper
2.17 – Betrayal
2.18 – Crucifixion
2.19 – Resurrection
2.20 – Ascension
2.21 – Parallel Iconography
2.22 – Parallel by Translation
2.23 – Conclusion

Chapter 3 – Other Memes
3.1 – Paul Did Not Believe in a Historical Jesus
3.2 – Church Fathers Knew about Parallels
3.3 – Church Fathers Were Scoundrels
3.4 – Ritual Parallels
3.5 – Nicaea and the New Testament
3.6 – Historians on Parade
3.7 – Conclusion

Conclusion

Appendix 1 – Academic Sources on Hermetism

Appendix 2 – Births of Romulus and Quirinus

Appendix 3 – Birth of Perseus

Appendix 4 – Mary and the Ark of the Covenant

Appendix 5 – Acharya S, Cyprian of Carthage, and the Winter Solstice

Appendix 6 – Acharya S on Christmas

Appendix 7 – Zeitgeist, Luxor Temple, and the Nativity of Jesus

Appendix 8 – We Three Kings

Appendix 9 – The Twelve Disciples of Mithra and Horus

Appendix 10 – Acharya S and the Crucifixion of Horus

Appendix 11 – Acharya S, Attis, and William Butler Yeats

Appendix 12 – Usil on the Run

Appendix 13 – The Orpheus Amulet

Appendix 14 – Gerald Massey, Acharya S, and the Immaculate Conception

Appendix 15 – Augustine, Al Stefanelli, and Documentation

Appendix 16 – The Body and Blood of Mithra

Bibliography

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