SkepSun #133 (04_05_2015)

On Freethought Radio, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Baker inform us about a recently passed Madison, Wisconsin, City Council resolution that will add atheism as a protected class to city ordinances; FFRF takes out TV and New York Times print ads opposing religious school vouchers and the state and federal Religious Freedom Restoration Acts. After celebrating the birthdays of freethinking songwriters Tom Lehrer and Yip Harburg, they interview Wendy Thomas Russell, author of the new book, Relax, It’s Just God: How and why to talk to your kids about religion when you’re not religious. Then, Gordon Bonnet of Skeptophilia has a look at some of the crazy stuff American Evangelicals have been up to lately. Finally, on this Easter Sunday we’ll consider the question of whether Jesus was an historical figure mythicized, or a mythical figure historicized. Historian Richard Carrier discusses his scholarly theory for a mythical Jesus that he lays out in his peer reviewed book, On the Historicity of Jesus, Why We Have Reason For Doubt. The gospels, and the book of Acts, are unreliable, says Carrier, and neither Paul’s Epistles nor extra-Biblical sources relate any information about a human Jesus on planet Earth. Carrier concludes that the mythicist hypothesis is more probable than a historical Jesus.

Jesus: historical figure mythicized or mythical figure historicized?

Jesus: historical figure mythicized or mythical figure historicized?


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