The biblical scholar Acharya S (AKA D.M. Murdock) in her blog has posted a couple of links to articles she wrote about mythicism (and she also has many other articles on her Truth Be Known website about mythicism and related subjects such as astrotheology).
What is a Mythicist? by Acharya S
I have created two new articles:
These articles deal with the third option in the believing versus non-believing debate as concerns various religious traditions, specifically Christianity and bibliolatry in this case.
I appreciate those articles. A major problem of discussions is that many people don’t even know basic definitions.
There is only one issue I’d like to see clarified further. As I see it, theories about myth and theories about history inform eachother but aren’t dependent on eachother. They should be discussed separately rather than conflated.
In terms of Jesus mythicism, I think it’s irrelevant whether an actual person existed because we can never know. Mythicism definitely undermines historical claims, but it doesn’t entirely disprove the possibility. Even though I think the evidence is extremely weak to say the least, there are rational arguments for a historical Jesus because it always depends on how the evidence is interpreted.
The problem with conflating theories about mythology and history is that it creates an all-or-nothing polarization. This just leads to heated debate that too often lacks nuanced understanding.
I for example am strongly in support of mythicism but mostly indifferent of whether or not Jesus is historical. To feel strongly about one doesn’t necessitate I feel strongly about the other. Even if Jesus were somehow proven to have actually lived, it wouldn’t change my mind about mythicism as the stories about Jesus would still only have a loose connection to any supposed history.
A person could simultaneously think that there was both a historical Jesus and a mythical Jesus. They could do this by accepting that there is a distinction between the Jesus of scholarship and the Jesus of faith. Maybe the two understandings of Jesus simply have nothing to do with eachother. I was raised in New Thought Christianity and I can tell you many of the Christians I grew up around didn’t have a faith in Christ that was dependent on history.