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American Atheist Magazine (Fourth Quarter 2011)

American Atheist Magazine (Fourth Quarter 2011)

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OUGHT
 
THE
CHRIST-MYTHTHEORY
and
ItsProblems
By
Robert
M.
Price
Intheopinionofmanybelieversandscholarsalike,thefinalchapterofthisbooksaysitall:"WorsehanAtheism."Itisonethingtosay"Therearenogods"or"Jesuswasnotagod,justaman."Itisquiteanotherthingtosay"JesusofNazarethneverexistedatall"orthat"Christisamyth."Butscholarshavebeensayingexactlythatsinceatleast1793whentheEnlightenmentscholarCharlesDupuisbegantopublishhis13-volume
OriginedeTauslesCultes,auReligionUniverselle,
whichelucidatedtheastraloriginsnotonlyofChristianitybutofotherancientreligionsaswell.NewTestamentscholarRobertM.Price,oneofAmerica'sleadingauthoritiesontheBible,heresummarizesmuchofthescholarshipthathasledhimandagrowingnumberofmodernscholarstoconcludethatChrist-apartial synonymforJesusofNazareth-ismythical.Mostusefully,Pricehasassembledevidencethatshowsthatalmostthe entire"biographyofJesus"hasbeencreatedfromGreekOldTestamentstoriesandthemesandevenincorporatesmotifsfromHomer,Euripides,andperhapsAesop.Becausereaderswillhaveahardtime"takingitonfaith"thattheJesusbiographyismerelyareworkingofpreviousmaterial,broadswathsofOldTestamentcontextarequoted inassociationwitheachNewTestamentequivalent,soreaderscanjudgeforthemselveswhetherornotDr.Price's claimistrue:thatthe"lifeofChrist"wasnotthefulfillmentofOldTestamentprophecies;itwas,rather,aconsciousreworkingofearlierliterature.
AmericanAtheistPress
Toordergotoatheists.org/store,amazon.com,orca11908-276-7300.
 
AMERICANATHEIST
AJournalofAtheistNewsandThought
4thQuarter2011
Vol.49,No.4
ISSN0516-9623(Print)ISSN1935-8369(Online)EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
PamelaWhissel
mageditor@atheists.org
AMERICANATHEISTPRESS
MANAGINGEDITOR
FrankR.Zindler
editor@atheists.orgLAYOUTANDGRAPHICSEDITOR
RickWingrove
rwingrove@atheists.orgPublishedbyAmericanAtheists,Inc.MailingAddress:P.O.Box158CranfordNJ07016Phone:908.276.7300 FAX:908.276.7402 www.atheists.org
©2011AmericanAtheists,Inc.
Allrightsreserved.Reproductioninwholeorinpart withoutwrittenpermissionisprohibited.
AmericanAtheist
isindexedintheAlternativePressIndex.
AmericanAtheist
magazineisgivenfreeofcostto membersofAmericanAtheistsasanincidentof theirmembership. AnnualIndividualMembershipwithsubscription foroneyearof
AmericanAtheist
printmagazine: $35.Onlineversiononly:$20.Couple/Family Membershipwithoptionalprintmagazine:$35. Signupatwww.atheists.org/aam.Discounts availableformultipleyearsubscriptions:10%for twoyears,20%forthreeormoreyears.Additional postagefeesforforeignaddresses:Canadaand Mexico:add$10/year.Allothercountries:add$30/ year.Discountsforlibrariesandinstitutions:50% onallmagazinesubscriptionsandbookpurchases.
FOURTHQUARTER2011
Cover:AUHPAroadsidememorialinitspresentalteredstate,withthebeehive paintedover.Theofficer'snameremains,butweremoveditherebecausethelawsuit wasneveraboutthefallentroopers. PhotobyEricDaenitz
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EdBuckner,MichaelBuckner
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DeconstructingDominionism
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BeckyGarrison
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AnInterviewwithPennJillette
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PamWhissel
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WritersContemporarytoJesus?
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