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Shattering the Christ Myth (Tekton Building Blocks) Paperback – June 27, 2008
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Within is an excellent introduction by James Hannam, a thorough exploration of the arguments used by proponents of the Christ Myth, and even a response to the popular Zeitgeist movie.
The book could be of tremendous benefit to Christians unfamiliar with the material, and Mr. Holding (Ed.) deserves credit for taking the time to put it together.
For a while, Christian apologists all but ignored the growing chorus of "Jesus mythicists" so they could concentrate their efforts on "important matters" like the Jesus Seminar and Bart Ehrman. After all, why waste time on what is obviously absurd. The problem was that if no one explained why it was absurd, it would not be obvious why it was absurd. All that came from most apologists was the curt dismissal of the claims without any details. This left most Christians unfamiliar with the arguments without a real defense.
For those who searched the web for an answer, the likely place they started to find it was at J. P. Holding's Tektonics apologetics website. Eventually, much of the material was assembled, refined, and included in Shattering the Christ Myth: Did Jesus Not Exist? Holding serves as editor of the volume and the author of about two thirds of the included articles that cover just about every issue concerning Jesus mythicism at the time of its printing (2008). Most importantly, it addressed the Zeitgeist film that had recently been released and was an internet sensation. Thus it was as close to a "real time" response as any printed book could be.
The book begins with an introduction by historian James Hannam who gives a brief history of the Jesus Mythicist position that illustrates its connections to conspiracy theories, outdated scholarship, and general quackery. The main body of the book is divided into five parts on the evidence for Jesus outside the New Testament, the "Silence Thesis" version of Jesus mythicism (using arguments from silence), the "Copycat Thesis" version of Jesus mythicism (claiming Jesus was based upon pagan mythology), films supporting Jesus mythicism, and additional issues. Each covers the main attacks upon Christianity in each category.
For many Christians confused by these claims, this was the first thorough refutation written for a lay audience and the first time many Jesus mythicists were put on the defensive. Although the book is in need of some updating, it still remains the most thorough response to the various forms of Jesus mythicism and the first read for Christians needing a response.
S aka Dorthy Murdock and her poor scholarship in regards to the so called pagan paralles and astrology she claims are within Christianity. Finally JP takes on other so called scholars like Kenneth Humphereys and Brian Flemming of the God Who Wasn't There leaving their arguements in the dust! this book is a must for true seekers and Historians. In the end all the Jesus mythers have no case except frindge scholarship, shoddy research and conspiracy theories!
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