Posted: Feb 15, 2016 5:26 am
by lpetrich
There are three main source of Jesus mythicism that I've seen. Let's see which ones involve conspiracy theories.

Jesus Christ was a myth, but Paul was likely real, and everything after him was real

This is by far the most common theory. It is also the only one that has variants that are not conspiracy theories. The variant that I consider the most plausible is the Earl Doherty / Richard Carrier variant, and that is that JC was worshipped as a sort-of god and reinterpreted as having a human existence.

JC and Paul and the New Testament were invented by some late-first-century Roman aristocrats

Joseph Atwill's theory: Caesar's Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus -- a conspiracy theory

The entire early Christian church was invented by Constantine and Eusebius and the like

Did Constantine Invent Christianity? at -- a conspiracy theory