Posted: Jan 11, 2023 12:50 am
by dogsgod
archibald wrote:
dogsgod wrote:It was Doherty's book, The Jesus Puzzle, that convinced Carrier that the earliest Christians, the pre-gospel epistle writers, believed in a mythical Christ.

I know.

Doherty's thesis was very weak, imo. I read that book, and if memory serves me right, I actually joined a discussion with him about it on some forum or other a number of years back. To say that he did not impress me would be an understatement. I haven't been able to take his case particularly seriously since around that time.

Problem number 1 is that the epistles clearly refer to an actual man. I could go on, but I've been there done all that before.

I do accept that it's an open question, obviously. He may not have existed.

I read the epistles for myself and it appears to me that Paul's Christ figure is along the same lines as Muhammad's Gabriel, or Joseph Smith's Maroni. I do not know what man you speak of.