Jesus Myth Crackpot

It has been some time since I have posted a blog, and perhaps this is the first on the new Peace Evolutions site. What prompted this blog was last week, when I was called a "Jesus Myth Crackpot!"

Here's what happened. I saw a link to a video by Darrell Ray, who wrote the book, "The God Virus, How Religion Infects our Lives and Culture." I watched it, and then looked at some other Christian videos about Jesus, religion, etc. I posted a comment on one, saying, "Well, the ironic thing is that there really never was a historical figure named Jesus Christ. There were many stories of many such saviours, and the stories are allegories to learn about how one can find the peaceful inner self."

I received a response addressed to "Jesus Myth Crackpot." The poster said I should not post 'crazy' comments on his video site unless I could meet two challenges: name a historian before 1800 who wrote about there not being a historical Jesus, and also to name five professors at major universities who taught there was never a Jesus.

I replied, that is a false challenge. As to the first, anyone who suggested such a thing prior to 1800 would have been accused of heresy and perhaps killed! As to the second, I really don't know. I have read several persuasive books on this point, and told the poster about them. But I am not sure there are professors teaching this.

I explained that, as a child, many of the stories of the bible didn't make any sense, other than to demonstrate that Jesus was superpowerful, such as the calming of the seas. Then, when my friend Reverend Peter Ainslie explained that it was really a lesson about how one should not be afraid in the storms of life, but just let the inner light shine though and be peaceful and calm, that it made some sense.

I think it is very hard for people to actually believe that there was never a Jesus, because that is such a given in this Christian country. As Montaigne said, "Nothing is so firmly believed as that which is least known."

However, I am given hope that more people are understanding the allegorical nature of many religious stories, as opposed to their historical accuracy.

But what should people believe in, if they don't believe in a religion? That is a big question, and one that I don't think most atheists have an answer for, at least not the one's I've read.

And that is the issue that I want to address in my next book, tentatively titled "A New Perspective on Life, Love, and Faith." What we do have to believe in, as I hope to explain, is that we can have faith in ourselves, in the planet, in the moment, and ultimately in love and peace over fear to help allow us to have peace of mind.

Comments

Hi, I did read your book. Excellent, and I learned much. My thought would be that the virus that you speak of is really fear, that desperate fear of damnation that is at the base of many religions. What do you think?

Jefferson Glassie

Thanks for your comment on my video. Hope you will read the book as well. While I don't really know if there was a Jesus, Earl Doherty has written a good piece of research called The Jesus Puzzle which lays out the evidence that Jesus was nothing more than a myth. I am inclined to say neutral on the subject as I really don't care. There is far more evidence for Mohamed or Julius Ceasar than for any Jesus. No one even wrote anything about him until at least 30-40 years after he died. So it is perfectly reasonable to think he may have been mythical. The religion named after him was really founded by Paul and should be called Paulism. All the best to you, and don't let the Christianists get to you.
Darrel Ray, Author of The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture

I would be glad to hear more from you. You can visit my blog at http://atheistnexus.org/profile/DarrelRay

All the best,
Darrel