The True Core Of The Jesus Myth – Christopher Hitchens

Not my words, but I agree with Hitch on most points. I don’t think, however, that the convoluted cobbling together of disjointed story points leads necessarily to any sort of an historic figure as a basis. Those can can easily be attributed to multiple traditions existing before the writing of the first gospel story, the writer wanting to preserve as many as possible. Parallels to this can be seen in the stitching together of the Old Testament, particularly the Exodus story, which contains a few disjointed and contradicting points and has been found to be about as fictional as you can get. Jesus is a character used to sell a religion, and a successful one.

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