Jesus of Nazareth: Man or Myth?

On April 5 2014, the Centre for Inquiry, Ottawa hosted a lively discussion between Zeba Crook, professor of religious studies at Carleton University, and historian and philosopher, Richard Carrier on this controversial topic: “Did a man named Jesus live in Palestine 2000 years ago?”

The Atheism TV video of the discussion between Carrier and Crook is now available:

Did a man named Jesus live in Palestine 2000 years ago? – See more at: http://centreforinquiry.ca/jesus-of-nazareth-man-or-myth/#sthash.se2Sqw3j.dpuf
a lively discussion on this controversial topic.
a lively discussion on this controversial topic.
a lively discussion on this controversial topic.
a lively discussion on this controversial topic.
a lively discussion on this controversial topic.
a lively discussion on this controversial topic.

a lively discussion on this controversial topic.

2 thoughts on “Jesus of Nazareth: Man or Myth?

  1. Who cares if there was a real Jesus? The issue
    is do gods exist? If gods do not exist then Jesus
    is irrelevant real or not.

  2. Canada’s political and economic structures are interwoven with the idea of Jesus’s existence being real. Prisons, hospitals, schools, mortuaries and military establishments divert financial resources towards those who defend the real Jesus hypotheses.

    Also politics itself revolves, to some degree, around Jesus not being just a story. Most likely we should, as a society, look into who made up these stories and for what political advantages did these people make up these stories.

    Protestantism was the earliest walk down this path; until it became mired in its own interpretations. What we are looking at in this video is a secular analysis of the Jesus story creation.

    We have to do this. There are other stories that want to extract political and financial resources from our physical environment. There will be future conflicts over these limited real economic resources.

    One thing that should be very clear to us by now is that these stories were invented for political and economic dominance. They were constructed to divert our energies away from individual learning and recreation and directing these limited energies towards worshiping gods and obeying priests.

    The people who care if Jesus is mythical or real are in charge of a great deal of our national resources. After the creators of the fake histories and the real mythologies are exposed, these same people(unfortunately), who care about the reality of Jesus, will likely still be in charge of our tax revenues. However, with reduced religious consumption of our national wealth, there will be more capital and human resources available to make life on earth more fun and less dangerous.

    Maybe even a few extra dollars will become available for our National Broadcasting agency.

    On the other hand, “Is god real?” is a question the politicians and priests love to debate. They know you can’t prove a negative. It’s as easy to say, “Of course there is a God.” as it is to say “Of course there isn’t a God.”

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