Christ Myth Theory

The Myths that Surround Jesus and Christmas w/ Dr. Richard Carrier

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Brian Edward and Kristyn Whitaker Hood interview Dr. Richard Carrier on the Mythinformed podcast, where they delve into the myths that surround Jesus and the Christmas holiday. Christmas does not belong to Christianity. People have celebrated winter solstice in many areas around the world through many religions that date back to the ancient world. This is a fgantastic discussion that covers some of those celebations. 

Richard Carrier is a world-renowned author and speaker. As a professional historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American freethought movement, Dr. Carrier has appeared across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and on American television and London radio, defending sound historical methods and the ethical worldview of secular naturalism. His books and articles have received international attention. With a Ph.D. from Columbia University in ancient history, he specializes in the intellectual history of Greece and Rome, particularly ancient philosophy, religion, and science, with emphasis on the origins of Christianity and the use and progress of science under the Roman empire. He is also a published expert in the modern philosophy of naturalism as a worldview.

He is the author of On the Historicity of Jesus, Proving History, Sense and Goodness without God, Science Education in the Early Roman Empire, Not the Impossible Faith, Why I Am Not a Christian, and Hitler Homer Bible Christ, and a contributor to The Empty Tomb, The Christian Delusion, The End of Christianity, and Christianity Is Not Great, as well as copious work in history and philosophy, online and in print. He is currently working on several projects, but also teaching affordable online courses in secular philosophy, history, and methodology at The Secular Academy, and blogging and speaking about history, philosophy, feminism, and other moral causes, as well as his past in the military and his current life in polyamory. To learn more about Dr. Carrier and his work follow the links below.

Why do People Believe What They Believe? w/ Ben Fama Jr.

Ben Fama Jr. is an award-winning filmmaker, freethinker, and entrepreneur, noted for his work on his short film A Virus Called Fear, the new documentary Reasons To Believe, host of the podcast Reality Trip with Ben Fama Jr., and owner of Fama Media Productions, LLC.

As a graduate of the Zaki Gordon Institute for Filmmaking and the Sedona Film School (where he won Best Director both years), he has been featured in Huffington Post and his films have been featured on PBS, Medibiz.tv, and IndieFlix. Ben’s films and talks reflect the social and psychological behavior of humans and their social constructs on society.  His goal is to challenge the way we think and see the world, as well as what we believe.

Ben is an open advocate for mental health, science and education. Ben loves psychology, music, film, art, nature, science, and knowledge.

Batman & Jesus Movie News

Movie Production News

Holy Lincoln Memorial, Batman! For those who missed the Batman & Jesus teaser trailer on the big screen at the Reason Rally 2016 - watch it now!

The Batman & Jesus teaser trailer was filmed in April at Calvary Church in downtown Milwaukee.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the filming to be in the congregation. It's not often you have the opportunity to attend a Batman church.

Check out a behind-the-scenes clip montage from the day.

Director, Jozef K. Richards screened the trailer for the crowd gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial. One of the few presentations on the big screen, some attendees were confused to begin with while others wondered if it was all a joke.

Richards was interviewed about Batman & Jesus on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show podcast. He is also featured with Paul Provenza on the Reason Rally 2016 Roundup podcast.

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Experiencing Myth with Tim Freke

Timothy Freke Joins us on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show

Tim Freke is the standup philosopher that is pioneering an accessible new way to experience a profound spiritual awakening. 

He has spent his life exploring the awakened state he often simply calls the ‘mystery experience’ and is able to guide others directly to it.

Tim has an honors degree in philosophy and is an internationally respected authority on world spirituality. He is the author of over thirty books that have established his reputation as a scholar and free-thinker. He became well known for his groundbreaking work on Christian Gnosticism with his close friend Peter Gandy, including "The Jesus Mysteries", which was a top 10 best-seller in the UK and USA, and a ‘Book of the Year’ in the UK Daily Telegraph.

He is often featured in documentaries and chat shows broadcast by the global media, such as the BBC and the History Channel. Tim blogs for The Huffington Post and care2.com among many others. 

in May of 2015, Tim is returning to Las Vegas to present a Mystery Experience Retreat, featuring his latest groundbreaking ideas from the book he is currently writing called 'SOUL FORMATION : The Meaning of Life'.

Jesus Mythicism in 30 Minutes with David Fitzgerald

David joins us for a quick impromptu interview and shares a behind the scenes look at his upcoming book on the Christ myth theory. 

David Fitzgerald is a writer, public speaker and historical researcher who has been actively investigating the Historical Jesus question for over ten years. He has a degree in history and was an associate member of CSER (the former Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion). He is the author of “NAILED: Ten Christian Myths that Show Jesus Never Existed at All” and   The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion Book One: The Mormons” Secretly, he is also an award winning sci fi/fantasy/ and paranormal erotica writer under the pen name Kilt Kilpatrick.

His most recent discussion focused on the Mormon religion (LDS) where he points out how far one’s mind must stretch in order to believe in it. David is an LGBT activist, feminist, and a voice for others to feel stronger about themselves in this harsh world we live. David Fitzgerald has been called "one of the busiest atheist activists in the Bay Area." In addition to serving on the board of San Francisco Atheists and Center For Inquiry-SF, he is also the Director/Co-Founder of both the world's first Atheist Film Festival and Evolutionpalooza!, San Francisco's oldest annual Darwin Day celebration.

Kenneth Humphreys Finds the Humor in the Fables of Religion

Kenneth Humphreys holds a Master's degree from the University of Essex in history and social sciences, a post-graduate pedagogic certificate from the University of Leicester, and a higher national certificate in business studies. He taught for many years in the UK and abroad. Religion, and in particular the claims of Christianity, have been a life-long interest.  

His new Book “Jesus Never Existed: An Introduction to the Ultimate Heresy” is a scholarly yet easily digestible and entertaining approach to the Christ myth theory.  His website Jesus never existed.com receives more than a million visitors a year. He is now fully occupied as a writer, radio broadcaster, and public speaker, and campaigns energetically against the tide of resurgent superstition and unreason.

Kenneth frequently uploads very entertaining videos questioning Jesus’ historicity on his YouTube channel. In this interview Kenneth shares his incredible sense of humor and knowledge on the Christ myth theory. This is a must listen interview for anyone that is interested in the fables that are found in the Bible. 

 

Dr. Richard Carrier Deconstructs Christianity in One Hour

Dr. Richard Carrier deconstructs the mythological origins of Christianity as well as how it has adapted through the centuries in this one hour interview. He addresses the evolution of early Christianity through the lens of myth and the politics of the second and third century of the Roman empire.  

Dr. Richard Carrier is an atheist activist, author, public speaker, and blogger. He is a trained historian and one of the leading current proponents of the Christ myth theory. Carrier received a PhD in ancient history from Columbia University in 2008: his thesis was entitled 'Attitudes towards the natural philosopher in the Early Roman Empire'. He has published several articles and chapters in books on the subject of history and philosophy 

He is the author of the books “Proving History” and “On the Historicity of Jesus”. These books explain and utilize a historical methodology that employs Bayes's Theorem for the purpose of historical inquiry; specifically within the context of Jesus studies. He is also an advocate of atheism and metaphysical naturalism, which he has defended in his book “Sense and Goodness Without God.” 

In 2014 Dr. Carrier published his latest book entitled: “On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt” , which is "the first comprehensive pro-Jesus myth book ever published by a respected academic press and under formal peer review"

He will be traveling to Milwaukee on April 25th as the keynote speaker of the  Mythinformation Conference brought to you by Mythicist Milwaukee. Make sure to purchase your tickets today!

David Fitzgerald on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show

David Fitzgerald is a writer, public speaker and historical researcher who has been actively investigating the Historical Jesus question for over ten years. He has a degree in history and was an associate member of CSER (the former Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion). He is the author of “NAILED: Ten Christian Myths that Show Jesus Never Existed at All” and “The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion Book One: The Mormons” Secretly, he is also an award winning sci fi/fantasy/ and paranormal erotica writer under the pen name Kilt Kilpatrick.

His most recent discussion focused on the Mormon religion (LDS) where he points out how far one’s mind must stretch in order to believe in it. David is an LGBT activist, feminist, and a voice for others to feel stronger about themselves in this harsh world we live. David Fitzgerald has been called "one of the busiest atheist activists in the Bay Area." In addition to serving on the board of San Francisco Atheists and Center For Inquiry-SF, he is also the Director/Co-Founder of both the world's first Atheist Film Festival and Evolutionpalooza!, San Francisco's oldest annual Darwin Day celebration.

Here is a short list of the topics discussed during the show:

· Did Mark, Matthew, Luke and John write the gospels? Were they eyewitnesses to the life of Jesus?
· How is Paul’s Jesus different from the Jesus found in the Gospels?
· Does history confirm the gospels?
· What does archeology say about the gospels?
· Did Christianity start with Jesus and his apostles?
· Was Christianity a “new and different religion” in the first century?
· Was the New Testament written in Greek? Why??
· When do we see the first Christian writings appear?
· What is the Con behind Mormonism? 

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Jason Torpy on "The Mythicist Milwaukee Show"

Are there atheists in foxholes?

Jason Torpy serves as the President of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (MAAF), a national non-profit building community for atheists and humanists in the military. MAAF provides a number of services for secular service members, including deployment assistance, coordination with other nontheist organizations, and support for secular students in the military.

Mr. Torpy also holds seats on the board of the Secular Coalition for America, the premier lobbying organization for secular issues, and the American Humanist Association, which fosters Humanist community and ethics.

After joining the military in 1994, Mr. Torpy has addressed issues of separation of church and state and equal opportunity for nontheistic service members in the Army. Mr. Torpy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from West Point and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. He is a Humanist Celebrant recognized by the Humanist Society.

After earning top graduate honors from two intelligence training programs, Mr. Torpy was offered direct admission to the United States Military Academy. Upon graduation, Mr. Torpy was commissioned as an officer and served for five years in Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq with the Army's 1st Armored Division.

Jason has spoken to large audiences at national conventions, awards banquets, oand press conferences, as well as radio appearances on programs such as BBC World Today, Alan Colmes, RT Television, and NPR.

Some of the topics covered in this interview include:

What is a humanist chaplain? 

What is the tie between Catholicism and military chaplains?

Live action nativity scenes in the military

Mandatory prayer in the military 

George Washington ordering chaplains in the military

The progress of the LGBTQ community and how it relates to humanism in the military 

And Much More!!

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White Horses: Another Common Mythological Thread

 

White horses (carrying their respective prophets or leaders) are yet another recurring figure in a large number of highly-visible religions and mythologies: Muslim, Christian, Celtic, Greek, Norse, Hindu, Buddhist and even the Native American Blackfoot tribe.

Below are their stories in short. Interesting to see another common thread throughout various historical cultures' myths. Add to our list if you have found others!

Muslim
Al-Burāq (Arabic: البُراق al-Burāq "lightning") is a mythological steed, described as a creature from the heavens which transported the prophets. Al-Buraq carried the Islamic prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem and back during the Isra and Mi'raj or "Night Journey", which is the title of one of the chapters (sura), Al-Isra, of the Quran.

Christian
The Rider on the White Horse (Revelation 19:11-21) is a story of a magnificent white horse which carries Jesus Christ as he leads angels and saints in a dramatic battle between good and evil after Jesus' return to Earth.

The verse reads as follows:
11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty...

Celtic
In Celtic mythology, Rhiannon, a mythic figure in the Mabinogion collection of legends, rides a "pale-white" horse. Because of this, she has been linked to the Romano-Celtic fertility horse goddess Epona and other instances of the veneration of horses in early Indo-European culture.

Greek
In Greek mythology, the white winged horse Pegasus was the son of Poseidon and the gorgon Medusa. Poseidon was also the creator of horses, creating them out of the breaking waves when challenged to make a beautiful land animal.

Norse
In Norse mythology, Odin's eight-legged horse Sleipnir, "the best horse among gods and men", is described as gray. Sleipnir is also the ancestor of another gray horse, Grani, who is owned by the hero Sigurd.

Hindu
In the Puranas, one of the precious objects that emerged while the devas and demons were churning the milky ocean was Uchaishravas, a snow-white horse with seven heads. (A white horse of the sun is sometimes also mentioned as emerging separately). Uchaishravas was at times ridden by Indra, lord of the devas. Indra is depicted as having a liking for white horses in several legends - he often steals the sacrificial horse to the consternation of all involved, such as in the story of Sagara, or the story of King Prithu.

Buddhism
Kanthaka was a white horse that was a royal servant and favourite horse of Prince Siddhartha, who later became Gautama Buddha. Siddhartha used Kanthaka in all major events described in Buddhist texts prior to his
renunciation of the world.

Native American Blackfoot
In Blackfoot mythology, the snow deity Aisoyimstan is a white-colored man in white clothing who rides a white horse.