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- noun theology the scholarly opinion that the gospel is mythical
- noun the habitual practice of attributing everything to mythological causes;
superstition, the opposite of rationalism, or of realism
- noun the creative potential for the creation of mythology; the faculty of
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I do not even like the idea of appearing to sound as if I am defending "mythicism" per se, because to argue like that is to commit oneself to a certain explanation and resist alternative possibilities.
My point in this is that the existence of a historical Jesus, however minimal, is more probable than that he was invented from scratch, which is what the viewpoint known as "mythicism" claims.
I encourage you to do a search for "mythicism" and other related keywords to get a sense of how this issue has been discussed here previously.
If Prof. Balkin's "evangelistic pandering" appeals to and persuades those less inclined toward the rationalist view, it's not an appeal to so dangerous a form of "mythicism" as some I've heard lately.
What baffles me most about mythicism is the incredible degree of confidence its proponents have, a certainty that is in marked contrast to the uncertainty and careful qualification I hear from trained historians - most of the time.
Discussion of mythicism continues around the blogosphere.
The ongoing conversation has shown yet another parallel between mythicism and creationism.
No, of course I don't think this post will end mythicism or even discussion of mythicism.
Neil, if you think that Steven Carr should not be a basis for my judgments about mythicism, I'd appreciate it if you'd come right out and say so.
Rich and Steven keep asking for peer-reviewed "refutations" of mythicism.