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  • Series: Tekton Building Blocks
  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Xulon Press (June 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606472712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606472712
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unlike either movie, this book contains genuine scholarship on these subjects.
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"Schaeffer was not a serious Biblical scholar but a theologian with' no relevant credentials for contextual exegesis.
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JP Holding has written a number of apologetic books, and much criticism of him by anti-Christians exists on the web.
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43 of 61 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Porvaznik on July 23, 2008
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Having been aware of this so-called "debate" on the Internet (please note: it is entirely an "online debate" not one advanced by serious NT or historical Jesus scholars) since the mid 1990s, I am glad that J.P. Holding has finally transcribed and edited some of his impressive "Tektonics" online articles for an entire book on "Shattering the Christ Myth." He and his amateur scholar contributors have pulled together an excellent set of articles and chapters debunking both the "myth" hypothesis and the "copycat" or "pagan parallel" thesis presented by many an anti-Christian conspiracy buff and uninformed skeptic of historical Christianity.

Chapters include an introduction on the history and origin of the "Christ myth" claims dating from the early 1800s; detailed defenses of the standard non-biblical references to Jesus from the Jewish historian Josephus (his two passages), the Roman historian Tacitus, Lucian, Pliny the Younger, and Papias; responses to the various "silences" argued by "mythicists" from Remsburg to G.A. Wells to Earl Doherty; analysis of the supposed "pagan Christs" from Mithra to Krishna to Horus to Dionysos; reviews and refutations exposing the abysmal scholarship and poor arguments of recent "Christ myth" movies "The God Who Wasn't There" and "Zeitgeist"; and additional material on the city of Nazareth, the academic and Internet mythicists, and more.

This book shows there is really nothing at all to the "mythicist" claims: they are groundless historically, poorly argued based on "silence" and refuted by numerous reliable witnesses to Jesus, and that includes the canonical Gospels and the earliest writings of St. Paul.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kurgan on November 1, 2010
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This is a readable, and up-to-date debunking of a conspiracy theory that still has many followers today, especially on the internet. While some critics have pointed out that the author himself is not a biblical scholar (Holding holds a degree in library science, which essentially means he's good at looking things up), most of his opponents have no better credentials either. Likewise, the objections that Holding raises against this theory are sound, and his sources are legitimate. Perhaps it will help first time readers to gain a little bit of history:

The idea that Jesus of Nazareth, the Jewish preacher called Christ and worshiped by 2 billion Christians today, was actually a fictional character, dreamt up long ago by purveyors of Myth, or even copied from ancient pagan gods, was, believe it or not, once a popular theory amongst enthusiastic amateur writers. Fueled by new discoveries from Egypt, and a post-Enlightenment hubris, these writers set out to prove what they already believed... that all the real knowledge of the world came from one ancient source in the East. Some wished to blend neo-occult practices, secret societies and new religious movements together with a mythical link to the past. Some wished to provide a justification for rejection of state Churches (especially those of the old order in Europe where the Catholic Church had lost so much ground). Negatively, others would take up their work and declare that all religions were false, coming from the same initial font of superstition. The 19th century was a very productive period for works espousing Christ Mythicism.
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18 of 27 people found the following review helpful By F. Maddalena on June 26, 2012
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I have read some of the previous reviews (amd replies) and much, maybe too much has already been said and debated.

First I want to clarify something.

There are three types of works in science (using in a very a broad meaning here) and especially regarding the figure of Jesus:

1- The scholarly work. This usually comes out in forms of articles in peer-reviewed journals that are mostly unavailable to the general public otherwise it comes in the form of books that target the specialist in the area or in the form of conference proceedings.

2- The amateurish work. This can be good at times, but there is usually a big difference in depth and skill. Most of these works are self-published rubbish.
Works from people Acharya S, Sitchin, Richard Carrier, Doherty, Richard Dawkins and other are the worst kind of this category regarding the historicity of Jesus. They are text written by amateurs or people mostly ignorant of the field. They are both amateurs and make outrageous claims only to fail to give good arguments for them and, more often than not, full of gross mistakes.
True scholars largely ignore such works, since they are comparable to people who publish why Einstein is wrong without even knowing what a metric tensor is.
Usually, if a scholar bothers to pay attention to them, they are easily refuted by them.

3- Pop-books by scholars to the general public. These can be a mixed bag.
This arises sometimes when the scholars make claims that half true but presenting them as fully true, while the general public is none the wiser.
Some authors are more honest than other when writing to the general public.
That occurs in the physical sciences as well.

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That out of the way let's turn to the author.
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