Maurice Casey’s book is slated to appear in the early days of 2014. Here’s the info (or as the kids say, the 411) –
Did Jesus exist? In recent years there has been a massive upsurge in public discussion of the view that Jesus did not exist. This view first found a voice in the 19th century, when Christian views were no longer taken for granted. Some way into the 20th century, this school of thought was largely thought to have been utterly refuted by the results of respectable critical scholarship (from both secular and religious scholars).
Now, many unprofessional scholars and bloggers (‘mythicists’), are gaining an increasingly large following for a view many think to be unsupportable. It is starting to influence the academy, more than that it is starting to influence the views of the public about a crucial historical figure. Maurice Casey, one of the most important Historical Jesus scholars of his generation takes the ‘mythicists’ to task in this landmark publication. Casey argues neither from a religious respective, nor from that of a committed atheist. Rather he seeks to provide a clear view of what can be said about Jesus, and of what can’t.
And here’s what’s in it:
2. Historical Method
3. The Date and Reliability of the Canonical Gospels
4. What is Not in the Gospels, or Not in ‘Q’
5. What is Not in the Epistles, Especially Those of Paul
6. What is Written in the Epistles, Especially Those of Paul
7. It All Happened Before, in Egypt, India, or Wherever you Fancy, but there was Nowhere for it to Happen in Israel
It is an absolute gold-mine of mythicist debunking. It is, to be honest, the funeral dirge sung at the grave of mythicist perspectives. It’s a great book (and will doubtless be even better in its final form).
Which is why it’s so nice to see their crackpottery rebuked. Read James’ post and when a project (not by James, just to be clear, but by someone else) that is in process comes to fruition in which the nutbaggery of the mythicists is thoroughly exposed, read it.
[That last sentence is a tease- much, much more on the project later on].