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- Publication Date: November 3, 2012
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The End of an Illusion: How Bart Ehrman's "Did Jesus Exist?" Has Laid the Case for an Historical Jesus to Rest Kindle Edition
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Anyone who has read Bart Ehrman's book DID JESUS EXIST, really NEEDS to read this book.
To read a thorough response to DID JESUS EXIST is actually quite fascinating. The bottom line appears to be that Ehrman's strategy amounts to 1) discard logic, 2) embrace assumptions, and 3) to claim a slam dunk victory (that is my opinion of course).
Not everything Doherty says was convincing to me, but he does a good job of exposing Ehrman's flawed strategy.
All I can say is "thank you, Earl Doherty, for this book."
Readers regularly asked when and if Doherty was going to publish those instalments in an e-book. It was, I understand, largely because of the evident strength of reader responses and many requests for an e-book edition that Doherty has produced this book. Doherty's writings have had a major impact on the revitalisation and added credibility of the Christ Myth hypothesis. This e-book is not only a thorough, chapter by chapter, critique of the supposedly "best" effort to date from a leading scholar to argue for the historicity of Jesus, but it is at the same time a distillation of many of Doherty's best arguments for the nonhistoricity of Jesus. So it is two books in one -- for those looking to a comprehensive response to Ehrman's "Did Jesus Exist?" and for those who are looking for a solid case against the historicity of Jesus that can stand alone.
Doherty in this volume exposes the logical fallacies underpinning Ehrman's arguments (the all too regular question begging), some of the embarrassing attempts to manufacture imaginary evidence for this Jesus (Ehrman would have readers believe scholars have over half a dozen independent testimonies dating before the Gospels), and Ehrman's utter failure to really comprehend the Christ Myth arguments. (As Doherty points out, Ehrman appears so befuddled by Doherty's own writings that he mistakes its central thesis -- that Paul's Jesus was entirely a heavenly being who had never been on earth -- as "one of Doherty's points".)
For those tired of reading personal attacks and misleading claims in this debate, note that Doherty was sometimes thanked by readers for his exemplary civil and courteous and fair-minded approach to Ehrman's arguments. There was much that Doherty could have seized upon in Ehrman's book to expose Ehrman cruelly, but Doherty has stuck to the main content of his arguments and not addressed the man instead.
Some readers posted disagreements with Doherty's arguments, and Doherty regularly took the time to engage those, too. (Roo -- the previous review here -- was also permitted to post his criticisms. But I did trash Roo's comments when they became repetitive, long-winded and off-topic.) This e-book is a reworking of those initial posts, taking on board some of the first readers' comments and feedback, and clarifying and expanding some points.
It's existence is testimony to the popularity of the original instalments and regular requests for having those posts all compiled, with revisions, in the one volume.
Ronald G. Crowe
What I'd like Doherty to examine is why there were so many factories manufacturing stories about the fictitious Jesus all at the same time, with very different product offerings: Jesus as the Christ, Jesus the healer, Jesus the magician/miracle worker, Jesus the Orthodox rabbi, Jesus the New Age guru, etc. Why the spontaneous outburst of theological creativity in just a few decades?
Where were these manufacturing plants? And were they coordinated? Very interesting and intriguing debate
Over to you, Earl.
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Few books of biblical scholarship have recently been so roundly criticized and dissected as Bart Ehrman's "Did Jesus Exist?Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why (2005), and Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible" (1971),
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