Just heard/read this on NPR about the book 'Did Jesus Exist?'

'Did Jesus Exist?' A Historian Makes His Case

So, did Jesus really exist? With his new book, Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, Bart Ehrman, historian and professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, wanted to provide solid historical evidence for the existence of Jesus.

"I wanted to approach this question as an historian to see whether that's right or not," Ehrman tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.

The answer is straightforward and widely accepted among scholars of all faiths, but Ehrman says there is a large contingent of people claiming that Jesus never did exist. These people are also known as mythicists.

"It was a surprise to me to see how influential these mythicists are," Ehrman says. "Historically, they've been significant and in the Soviet Union, in fact, the mythicist view was the dominant view, and even today, in some parts of the West – in parts of Scandinavia — it is a dominant view that Jesus never existed," he says.

The rest along with the audio can be found here at the NPR website. 

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Comment by Shabaka Tecumseh on April 1, 2012 at 9:03pm

I wish I was interested in hearing more garbage, propaganda and made up history...I'll pass on this one. 

Comment by Doc Feral on April 1, 2012 at 9:24pm

Nelson.. thanks. I thought I had heard about and seen the cover of the book before. :) I'll have to check it out. Just from what I heard in NPR.. I agree with somethings he's and others I feel he's making assumptions about (such as knowing Jesus existed via his brother James..)


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