Christ Myth Theory
Christ Myth Theory (or Jesus Myth Theory) "is the view that the person known as Jesus of Nazareth had no historical existence." It is accepted by a minority of secularist scholars and is mostly considered a fringe theory. In his book, Bart Eherman explains this position, "In simpler terms, the historical Jesus did not exist. Or if he did, he had virtually nothing to do with the founding of Christianity." Jesus is mentioned in historical works of Josephus and Tacitus. This is considered to be solid evidence for the historical existence of Jesus. Mythicists reject the idea that Pauline epistles, when referring to Jesus, refer to a historical person. Roman historian Tacitus refers to Jesus, and there is no evidence that this passage was added by a Christian scribe. Though some secularists question the historical value of this passage.
Modern Scholars' View
- F.F. Bruce, Jesus and Christian Origins Outside the New Testament, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1974) p. 23