MAY 23, 2021 11 AM

HAPI – Humanist Alliance Philippines, International

Was Jesus Christ a legitimate historical figure who walked the earth (and then ascended beyond)? What do actual historians have to say about him?

The Humanist Alliance Philippines, International invites you to the second episode of HAPIstorya: Jesus – Mything in Action with historical researcher and renowned author David Fitzgerald on May 23, 11AM (GMT+8). ✨

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  1. hi david: just finished your excellent book on the 10 jesus myths and it confirmed most of my conclusions on the subject. it left me with an idea that might be worthy of your attention in a future book or paper, although it is possible it has been done before (if so, please let me know about it). your work, and that of many others, is based on identifying and subjecting to critical analysis the christian narrative on the historicity of jesus. what i would like to read is an alternative narrative based on how and why this christian narrative got started and evolved into its present form. starting with the earliest recorded references to a jesus/christ (presumably by paul), through the establishment and atomization of the various jesus factions, to the adoption of christianity by constantine, through the middle ages and the selection of certain texts and rejection (and destruction) of others leading to the ascendancy of christianity as a major world player, through the renaissance and its (too) gradual decline into the modern day. in other words, how and why does a myth whose origin is based on the flimsiest evidence (if any evidence at all), develop into the dominant political/spiritual power in the middle ages and the biggest religion today. cui bono? did the romans initially commission the work of josephus and later the gospels in order to develop the jesus myth (turn the other cheek, a forgiving god) to create an alternate religion for jews to pacify their perpetually warring (eye for an eye, a vengeful god) ways after they had been defeated in the war of 68-70? did rome ultimately adopt christianity in the 4th century because the empire was on the decline and it saw christianity’s potential to unite the warring factions and appease the slaves?
    the book would be the alternative narrative to the story of jesus and christianity.

  2. Hello Robert:
    Thank you for the kind words! I love the idea of doing the entire history of Christianity in novel form – For what it’s worth, volume 3 of Jesus: Mything in Action is a fictionalized (though extensively footnoted!) look through some of the highlights of the early evolution of Christianity. A novel covering the entire history of Christianity would be a colossal undertaking; it would basically be a novelized history of the last two thousand-plus years.
    Incidentally, I don’t hold with any variations of the Roman provenance notion (that the Romans and/or Flavius Josephus invented Christianity); to make that work, you have to ignore whole decades (if not centuries) and generations of religious evolution. Besides that, it took Christianity centuries to show up on Rome’s social radar even as a minor fringe cult.

    In chapter 10 of Nailed, I discussed some of the factors that suggest why Constantine eventually turned his favor to Christianity, what was in it for him, and about his interesting dual relationship to both paganism and Christianity played out during his reign. Richard Carrier’s On the Historicity of Jesus has some exhaustive background info on the evolution of Christianity, as does his latest book Jesus From Outer Space (don’t let the title fool you; it is serious and excellent). Lately, I’ve been really impressed by how well Robert Wright’s book The Evolution of God dovetails with the research I’ve been doing on all the major world religions, and the very interesting similarities in their stages of development (see my recent YouTube interviews for more on that).
    All the best,

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