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there was no Jesus, there is no God: A Scholarly Examination of the Scientific, Historical, and Philosophical Evidence & Arguments for Monotheism Paperback – September 2, 2013
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"Although I am not a Jesus mythicist, I do think that Lataster makes a good case that one cannot simply dismiss all versions or all aspects of Jesus mythicism. His work addresses the work of Bart Ehrman and W. L. Craig, among many others." - Professor Hector Avalos
About the Author
A former fundamentalist Christian, Raphael Lataster is a professionally secular PhD researcher (Studies in Religion) at the University of Sydney. His main research interests include philosophy of religion, sociology of religion, Christian origins, logic, epistemology, Bayesian reasoning, justifications and social impacts of atheism, Taoism, overpopulation and sustainability concerns, pantheism, and pandeism. Being passionate about education, Raphael hopes to eventually teach in Religious Studies and possibly Philosophy (critical thinking and philosophy of religion), and also to make every effort to engage with the public, through popular books, speaking engagements, public debates and websites. His other interests include rock-climbing and volunteering with the State Emergency Service.
Raphael wrote his Master's thesis on Jesus mythicism (the view that even a 'historical', non-miraculous Jesus may not have existed), concluding that historical and Bayesian reasoning justifies a sceptical attitude towards the 'Historical Jesus'. For his doctoral work, Raphael is analysing the major philosophical arguments for God's existence (as argued by William Lane Craig, Richard Swinburne, Alvin Plantinga and Thomas Aquinas), attempts to demonstrate the logical implausibility of the monotheistic concept, explores the theological tendencies of Philosophy of Religion, considers the plausibility of pantheistic worldviews, and ponders the sociological impact of certain sophisticated apologists, such as Craig, whom he dubs the 'New Theologians'.
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I suppose I should not be too critical of the book as there is not much you can say about Jesus or Christianity once you are convinced it is mythical. It just seems to be a bit pointless going on to have an intellectual discussion about something that is simply "made up". It was particularly silly in my opinion for the author to attempt a mathematical proof based on probability theorems that Jesus could not have existed. He said there was total absence of evidence that he existed. That was enough for me.
It was enough for me because I agree with one of his principal points which he put simply and decisively. He said the proposition that Jesus was God on Earth and the miracles attributed to him are counter to our modern understanding of physics. Therefore it is the Christians who are beholden to prove their point and not the disbelievers to disprove it. Of course the Christians cannot prove their point.
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I have read books on this subject going back to GRS Mead (Did Jesus Live...Read more