Lack of Evidence for the “Christ-Myth” Theory

I left the following text as a comment on this video interview of Dr. Robert M. Price by David LeBlanc:

The New Testament writers may have made some things up and gotten other things wrong, but I’ve read and studied their writing, and on their face it’s clear they believed Jesus was a historical person. If the writers didn’t know him, they knew people who claimed to have been disciples. 

Paul, writing maybe as early as 15-20 years after Jesus’ crucifixion, explicitly claims to have only known the ‘risen’ Christ’s teachings thru scripture and revelation, a remarkable and absurd-sounding claim that should have gotten both him and Jesus relegated to the waste bin of history with the other ‘loser messiahs’ that Dr. Price mentioned. If there was something different in this case, that could explain the massive difference in outcomes. We only know of these ‘loser messiahs’ today due to the intense interest in Jesus’ historicity, or lack thereof.

Dr. Robert M. Price alleged that Philo, visiting Jerusalem 40 A.D. and writing about the Essenes, would have written about the Christian cult, let alone Jesus, had they existed. If he had written about them, it would be evidence, but not having it isn’t evidence of Jesus’ non-existence. 

Dr. Price noted the Essenes, but omits discussion of the “Teacher of Righteousness” and the parallels to John the Baptist and/or Jesus:

Dr. Price mentions vegetation myths about dying-rising gods and the like that predate Jesus, but this isn’t evidence or a serious argument about the historicity of Jesus; Christian C.S. Lewis uses this to claim God sent humankind ‘good dreams’ before sending his Son.

Dr. Price mentions the “interpolation” in Josephus’ Antiquities Book 18, but this word choice implies he accepts the existence of an original text from Josephus, changed by a Christian copyist for theological reasons. However, Dr. Price ignores this, and instead implies Josephus said nothing at all about Jesus in this passage. 

Dr. Price omits mention/discussion of this other important statement about Jesus in Book 20 of Antiquities, which states James being stoned for a law violation was the brother of Jesus, specifying which Jesus he was referring to with the ‘Messiah’ moniker, which is unlikely to be an interpolation – see article at source linked:

“Being therefore this kind of person, Ananus, thinking that he had a favorable opportunity because Festus had died and Albinus was still on his way, called a meeting of judges and brought into it the brother of Jesus-who-is-called-Messiah … James by name, and some others. He made the accusation that they had transgressed the law, and he handed them over to be stoned.”13

Dr. Price omits mention of Josephus’ passage in Book 18 about John the Baptist, which corroborates a number of details reported in the Gospels, e.g. baptism for remission of sins in exchange for repentance and pursuit of righteousness, and his execution by Herod:

Dr. Price omits Tactitus mention of Nero blaming the ‘Chrestians’, associating a “deadly superstition” with ‘Christus’ executed by Pilate under Tiberius. That he was writing in 116 CE about an event in 64 CE means he’s removed from the events by decades, but it doesn’t mean his report is unreliable. Indeed, most historians accept this as evidence for Jesus’ historicity.

So who was Jesus? Good question.

Lyrics: The Kiffness x Rushawn – Beautiful Day

Jaw-dropping, tear-jerking, soul-moving music for life and praise: The Kiffness x Rushawn – Beautiful Day

I don’t want to act too high and mighty ‘coz tomorrow I may fall down on my face.

Lord, I thank you for sunshine, thank you for rain.

Thank you for joy, thank you for pain.

It’s a beautiful day ay ay ay ay, it’s a beautiful day aayay. (2X)

Sometimes life is good, but then trouble comes my way

But whatever happens Lord, I thank you for this day

And when I’m feeling troubled, I lift my hands and pray

That your will be done in the rain or sun

Oh, it’s a beautiful day

I don’t want to act too high and mighty ‘coz tomorrow I may fall down on my face.

Lord, I thank you for sunshine, thank you for rain.

Thank you for joy, thank you for pain.

It’s a beautiful day ay ay ay ay, it’s a beautiful day aayay. (2X)

I give thanks when I’m feeling lonely,

I give thanks when I’m feeling glad

I give thanks in the morning & thanks in the evening,

and thanks when I’m feeling sad

I don’t want to act too high and mighty ‘coz tomorrow I may fall down on my face.

Lord, I thank you for sunshine, thank you for rain.

Thank you for joy, thank you for pain.

It’s a beautiful day ay ay ay ay, it’s a beautiful day aayay. (2X)

“What did the body of Jesus of Nazareth actually endure during those hours of torture?”

Below are a set of some of the most brutal quotations from the article, “The Passion of Christ from a Medical Point of View” by C. Truman Davis, M.D., M.S., Arizona Medicine, Vol. 22, No. 3, March 1965.

See this blog post for links, excerpts and material related to my song made from a select reading of the article:

…  After the arrest in the middle of the night, Jesus was brought before the Sanhedrin and Caiaphas, the High Priest; it is here that the first physical trauma was inflicted. A soldier struck Jesus across the face for remaining silent when questioned by Caiaphas. The palace guards then blindfolded Him and mockingly taunted Him to identify them as they each passed by, spat on Him, and struck Him in the face.

… Preparations for the scourging are carried out. The prisoner is stripped of His clothing and His hands tied to a post above His head. … The Roman legionnaire steps forward with the flagrum (or flagellum) in his hand. This is a short whip consisting of several heavy, leather thongs with two small balls of lead attached near the ends of each. The heavy whip is brought down with full force again and again across Jesus’ shoulders, back, and legs. At first the heavy thongs cut through the skin only. Then, as the blows continue, they cut deeper into the subcutaneous tissues, producing first an oozing of blood from the capillaries and veins of the skin, and finally spurting arterial bleeding from vessels in the underlying muscles. The small balls of lead first produce large, deep bruises which are broken open by subsequent blows. Finally the skin of the back is hanging in long ribbons and the entire area is an unrecognizable mass of torn, bleeding tissue. When it is determined by the centurion in charge that the prisoner is near death, the beating is finally stopped.

… They still need a crown to make their travesty complete. A small bundle of flexible branches covered with long thorns, (commonly used for firewood) are plaited into the shape of a crown and this pressed into His scalp. Again there is copious bleeding (the scalp being one of the most vascular areas of the body.) After mocking Him and striking Him across the face, the soldiers take the stick from His hand and strike Him across the head, driving the thorns deeper into His scalp. Finally, they tire of their sadistic sport and the robe is torn from His back. This had already become adherent to the clots of blood and serum in the wounds, and its removal, just as in the careless removal of a surgical bandage, causes excruciating pain…. almost as though He were again being whipped —- and the wounds again begin to bleed.

… Simon is ordered to place the patibulum on the ground and Jesus is quickly thrown backward with His shoulders against the wood. The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square, wrought iron nail through the wrist and deep into the wood. Quickly he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms too tightly, but to allow some flexion and movement. …

… The left foot is pressed backward against the right foot, and with both feet extended, toes down, a nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees moderately flexed. The Victim is now crucified. As He slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrist, excruciating, fiery pain shoots along the fingers and up the arms to explode in the brain–the nails in the wrist are putting pressure on the median nerves. As He pushes Himself upward to avoid this stretching torment, He places His full weight on the nail through His feet. Again, there is the searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves between the metatarsal bones of the feet.

… In order that the Sabbath not be profaned, the Jews asked that the condemned men be killed and removed promptly from the crosses. The common method of ending a crucifixion was by crurefracture, the breaking of the bones of the legs. This prevented the victim from pushing himself upward; the tension could not be relieved from the muscles of the chest, and rapid suffocation occurred. The legs of the two thieves were broken, but when they came to Jesus, they saw that this was unnecessary.

Apparently, to make doubly sure of death, the legionnaire drove his lance through the fifth interspace between the ribs, upward through the pericardium and into the heart. The 34th verse of the 19th chapter of St. John: “And immediately there came out blood and water.”

New Song: Faster Slowness from forthcoming 6 Sucks Sex album Open Head Artism

Life makes me laugh sometimes, and it’s all good when it does. March 2018, at age 50, I learned I might be on the Autism spectrum – meaning I had been my whole life and didn’t know it. I began looking into it and the more I did, the more figurative light bulbs came on. I also began making the music for a new 6 Sucks Sex album, Open Head Artism. The album cover art is adapted from self-revealing (psychedelic) Open Head Art that I began in June 2017. Scroll way down past the blogibberish to get to the advance-release song and video – Faster Slowness.

Continue reading “New Song: Faster Slowness from forthcoming 6 Sucks Sex album Open Head Artism”

Comcast & FCC vs. Net Neutrality – Case studies in regulatory capture – take action if u care

These headlines from Fight for the Future in the last month illustrate the socially destructive power of government-corporate collusion – the essence of fascism. Continue reading “Comcast & FCC vs. Net Neutrality – Case studies in regulatory capture – take action if u care”

Beasts beat the elites – power to the people

You may have seen the famous ‘Battle at Kruger’ video posted to Youtube in 2007 – a huge herd of African buffalo rescue a calf alive from a group of lions that had taken it down, after the lions had almost lost their prey to a couple of crocs:

Continue reading “Beasts beat the elites – power to the people”

Removing the worm from the apple of Attenborough’s eye

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Worms in the apples of Atheist eyes

Updated 5/9/17. Many people have wondered if, or even claimed, that the existence of suffering in the world is evidence that either God does not exist, or that God is not love. For instance, the following quotes from David Attenborough, the famous, intelligent and personable British naturalist and TV personality, typify this POV: Continue reading “Removing the worm from the apple of Attenborough’s eye”

‘I’d known him all my life, and then one day I learned his name’ – Chinese girl

Known him all my life
The spiritual fire of God at

‘I’d known him all my life, and then one day I learned his name’ – do you know the author of this quote? I’d like to interview them. I recall coming across it in an article or book more than 20 years ago, but can’t find it in a search. That author included the quote, which they said was a statement made by a Chinese girl when asked about her conversion experience, in commentary on how people come to know God and develop a relationship with him. Continue reading “‘I’d known him all my life, and then one day I learned his name’ – Chinese girl”

Transformed by trauma: Heather Thompson, sudden savant artist

Amazing art and story. Heather Thompson got hit on the head by her SUV’s trunk hatch, and it changed her life – she could no longer function as the successful business consultant she had been, but serendiptitously discovered a genius talent for expressing her soul’s humanity through art, social media and public engagement.

Meet the female entrepreneur who became an artist overnight after a brain injury

What It’s Like Being a Sudden Savant


Who was Moses’ Cushite Wife and why is she in the Bible?

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White Hebrew Levite Moses and his Black Cushite (Ethiopian) wife, by Rubens, public domain. Num 12:1-2

Updated 4/22/17. In Num 12:1-2 there is a reference to a “Cushite” wife of Moses:

 Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. “Has Yahweh spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And Yahweh heard this.

This is the only place in the Bible where there’s a reference to Moses having a Cushite wife. In numerous other places, a wife of Moses’ is referred to as a Midianite named Zipporah. Continue reading “Who was Moses’ Cushite Wife and why is she in the Bible?”

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