“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.
Oh… and if the only person you can refute is Stanley Porter, son, you’ve got some credibility issues.
- Bart Ehrman’s Huffing and Posting Against Mythicism (vridar.wordpress.com)
- Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth By Bart D. Ehrman (evolutionarymystic.wordpress.com)
- Earl Doherty’s comments on my posts about Ehrman’s treatment of his book (vridar.wordpress.com)
- Ehrman book review now on René Salm’s website (vridar.wordpress.com)
- Bart Ehrman says that Jesus existed (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- Ehrman’s Most Bizarre Criticism Of All Against Doherty (vridar.wordpress.com)
- Ehrman & Wallace Debate (ldstalk.wordpress.com)