Jesus never lived. Aliens walk among us. The Holocaust never happened. Three statements of similar credibility.

3 Jan

From Dr. John Dickson (“A fight they can’t win: the irreligious assault on the historicity of Jesus”):

The study of the historical Jesus is one of the West’s most focused, rigorous and voluminous academic inquiries into an ancient figure. In the library of Macquarie University, home to the largest Ancient History Department in Australia, students will probably find as many historical tomes on Jesus of Nazareth as on Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great combined. It is a vast discipline operating on entirely secular principles of linguistic, literary and historical analysis. Recourse to theological validation, while a legitimate intellectual route in itself, never features in this literature.

When Richard Dawkins says “a serious historical case” can be made that “Jesus never lived at all,” he no doubt receives applause from his followers, and perhaps even from his fellow experts in zoology, but in departments of Classics, Ancient History, New Testament, Jewish and Near Eastern Studies (the relevant disciplines) such a comment is entirely bemusing – all the more so when one discovers that Dawkins’ sole example of this serious history is G.A. Wells. As is well known, Wells is a professor of German language at London University who, in any case, has publicly retracted his argument of the 1970s that Jesus was a myth. I have often wondered what Dawkins would say if I disputed biological evolution and cited a language professor as my sole authority (one that had changed his mind to boot).

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