Author Suggests Jesus Never Existed After Finding No Mention Of Him In Historical Texts

By Vera | 1 October 2014
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In an article published by the Council for Secular Humanism, historical researcher and author Michael Paulkovich claims that Jesus of Nazareth “never existed” and is a “mythical character.”

Paulkovich, who dedicated his book “No Meek Messiah: Christianity’s Lies, Laws and Legacy” to disproving Jesus’ existence, says that out of the 126 historical texts he examined from the first to third centuries, not a single one referenced the prominent religious figure. Paulkovich believes that if the stories of Jesus had been true, the authors of Jesus’ time would have been writing about his “global miracles and alleged worldwide fame.”

In the article titled “The Fable of The Christ”, Paulkovich refers to Jesus as a fictional character that Christian followers made up so that they had someone to worship. Although Paulkovich admits that he did find mention of Jesus in the 95 AD “The Jewish Wars” by Roman historian Josephus Flavius, he believes Jesus was added in much later by editors of Flavius’ work.

Paulkovich wrote:

“When I consider those 126 writers, all of whom should have heard of Jesus but did not, and Paul and Marcion and Athenagoras and Matthew with a tetralogy of opposing Christs, the silence from Qumran and Nazareth and Bethlehem, conflicting Bible stories, and so many other mysteries and omissions, I must conclude this ‘Jesus Christ’ is a mythical character. ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ was nothing more than urban (or desert) legend, likely an agglomeration of several evangelic and deluded rabbis who might have existed.” [source]

These 126 writers, which Paulkovich refers to as “The Silent Historians”, are all listed below:

Paulkovich also claims that Paul, the apostle most credited for spreading Christianity, has never actually referred to Jesus as a real, physical being.

“Paul is unaware of the virgin mother, and ignorant of Jesus’ nativity, parentage, life events, ministry, miracles, apostles, betrayal, trial and harrowing passion. Paul knows neither where nor when Jesus lived, and considers the crucifixion metaphorical.” [source]

Paulkovich regards the stories of Jesus as “oral legend” and a “hoax.” The controversial researcher also refers to Christianity as a “cult” and is hopeful that one day the spreading of “nonsense to children” will be stopped. He also calls the religious teachings “child abuse.”

“The cult of Christianity has an incalculable amount of blood on its hands. And the ‘Jesus’ tale seems to have been nothing more than oral legend, with plenty of hoax and fraud perpetrated along the ages. It is my hope that mankind will someday grow up and relegate the Jesus tales to the same stewing pile that contains Zeus and his son Hercules, roiling away in their justifiable status as mere myth.

The time to stop teaching the tall tales and nonsense to children, frightening them with eternal torture administered by God’s minions, has long ago passed. Parents who do so are likely deluded, and most surely are guilty of child abuse of the worst sort.” [source]

Echoing these remarks, the description of Paulkovich’s book “No Meek Messiah” reads:

“The book chronicles the cobbling of Christianity, its outrageous forgeries, and its immoral acts of torture, genocide, and obfuscation over the many centuries. The ‘virgin birth’ tale was a forgery perpetrated 250 years before Jesus, even admitted by the Catholic Encyclopedia.” [source]

Paulkovich is not alone in his theory. Richard Dawkins, atheist and author of “The God Delusion”, has previously described the evidence for Jesus’ existence as “shaky.” Just last year, self-proclaimed Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill said that Jesus was manufactured by Roman aristocrats in a government effort to control citizens – a plot he speaks about in his book, “Caesar’s Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus.”

The vast majority of theologians and scholars still hold the opinion that Jesus as a person did exist – even if he was a mere man instead of a Christian savior. There is even an atheist who disagrees with Paulkovich’s claims that Jesus was a fictional character. While we search for answers, there is no question that Paulkovich has riled up a storm within the Christian community, and this won’t be the last time we hear of his comments.

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  1. Before you even start to discuss whether or not Jesus was a real person, I think you have to show how you can say that gods actually can exist. Because if you can not do that and no one yet has managed to do this, all you have is a guy wandering around Palestine a couple thousand years ago doing tricks and being a nice person. He would be no different from any of the hundreds of messiahs, guru's and other con artists of that area and time.

    It's simple show that gods can exist and then you are allowed to show what they want. You can not do the latter before the former and expect respect from thinking humans.

    • Actually, a lot of us who all agree that no gods exist, and that nothing supernatural is real, are nevertheless debating whether or not there was a Jesus from Nazareth who preached in Galilee and Judea and was crucified on Pilate's orders. It's not a theological discussion, it's an historical discussion. There are billions of Christians, and Christianity started somehow, and we're looking into how it started. As historians. A lot of people, apparently including you (and very possibly Paulkovich too), are not interested in this particular historical topic. And that's fine.

      • It’s because his name is not Jesus or nor he is white, His name is Yahusha and he is Black… That’s why y’all can’t find him… He is Hebrew…

    • That’s easy are you alive walking on earth breathing air is all the planet’s not aligned perfect for our atmosphere so we don’t burn up are freeze does the wind blow can you see it but you feel it so you kno it’s there.the world says prove god exist and I’ll believe it
      God says believe it and I’ll show you what more does he gave to show us it’s all around us atoms matter space how did the prophets kno earth floated in space are air had weight are we could communicate through vibrations are the ocean had valleys I mean they didn’t have our technology think about it reasearch deeply before you say god isn’t real

  2. "There is even an atheist who disagrees with Paulkovich’s claims that Jesus was a fictional character." No, that's not accurate: I think Jesus may or may not have actually existed. I think mainstream Biblical scholars are much too reluctant to discuss the issue. (And I think that saying "It's settled, he existed, shut up!" is not discussing the topic.)

    My issue with Paulkovich is that of the 126 names on his list, very few had any reason to write about Jesus. In the case of several dozen of these people, none of their written work has survived to the present day, so much for Paulkovich's claim of having studied them. Of the rest, many wrote fiction, or poetry of a personal nature, or texts about medicine, and all sorts of other things having nothing to do with Judea or Galilee, let alone with a wandering Galileean preacher with 12 followers. Many of the people on Paulkovich's list may not even have known where Jerusalem was. It's a ridiculous list, and what it actually shows is that neither Paulkovich nor whoever approved his piece for publication in Free Inquiry has the faintest clue about the history or literature of the Roman Empire.

    • No the worldwide events are described such as the Earth going dark would have been mentioned by historians or poets or orators alike. The heavenly host. The star of Bethlehem. Nothing nowhere. Nobody saw this BS because it just didn't happen. And the literature of Emporer Constantine's 1st Eccumenical Council vs the Eastern Greek Orthodoxy is well known to this author and to all. Except High School kids in Kansas. You're a poser.

      • I agree that "the Earth going dark […] The heavenly host. The star of Bethlehem […] just didn't happen." Most Biblical scholars also agree. They still almost all think that Jesus existed, and these legendary details were added to the story of his life. I think maybe he existed, and maybe his existence was just one more legendary detail.

        "the literature of Emporer Constantine's 1st Eccumenical Council vs the Eastern Greek Orthodoxy"

        What?

    • Historian here. Question number one for you to answer if this so called individual existed. What is his birthday? If you actually take the time to do some research of your own you will find that there are three possible dates, none of which reflect to any of the cross reference dates provided by mentions of the locations of Roman generals (for example) or other reference points. The bible actually shoots itself in the foot here, it references an eclipse just before the birth of supposed Jesus christ, that means we can, with certainty, pin point suspected dates because eclipses are easy to calculate. The historical timeline of the bible is incredibly incorrect and, when assessing historical data, if the peice of evidence you are reading becomes inherently flawed, just like this one, then there must be other peices of evidence to prove its validity. Do some research (not internet research a library, with books….) and maybe you'll change your opinion.

      • My opinion is that maybe Jesus existed and maybe he didn’t. My issue with Paulkovich is that 4 of the 126 authors he claims didn’t mention Jesus actually did, and few if any of the other 122 would have had any reason to. Oh, and also: 47 of them didn’t write anything which has survived to our time, making Paulkovich’s claims — premature, in their cases. I crack a book every now and then.

  3. I great problem we face is that the gospel accounts weren’t written as, or initially understood as, history or fact, as so many choose to read and judge them today. Biblical scholars make it pretty clear that, written decades after the purported life of Yeshua/Jesus, were largely rewritings of old testament stories, stories familIar to the original Jewish audience. These became new stories that helped them connect with their ancestors and historic roots. As the word implied, all religions are attempts to connect with something or someone. Throughout history, they have proven to be essentially political systems, which distract us from our true essence as remarkable human beings with limited potential for happiness and goodness.

    • If you mean to say that Tacitus and Josephus are on Paulkovich's list but they did mention Jesus or Christians, don't forget to add Pliny the Younger and Suetonius. I'm not referring to Josephus' notorious Testamonum Flavianum, whose authenticity is widely doubted, and with good reason; I mean the OTHER mention of Jesus in Josephus, having more to do with James, the brother of Jesus.

  4. there are still plenty of people on this planet believe Earth is flat…etc…because they do not know otherwise ;) nobody take them seriously, Michael Paulkovich is from the same category… :)

      • There's a reason for every question in the scriptures ie: If there is a God why doesn't he show himself? Well apparently it's because your a doubting Thomas and it would be the Devil who would want you believe he doesn't exist? Why does he have famine and let poor defenseless people stave to death? AND have wars usually in the most RELIGIOUS countries? Because God moves in mysterious ways?????? OH Alright then! It's a shame really!

        • He gave you freedom of choice he wants us to be obedient to put father like children suppose to respect there father that’s why he’s coming back to punish those who are wicked he loves us and he’s the god of time he sees all knows all those ppl have a choice just like those kids who are starving because there not provided properly thr re is ways to live and ways not to live why do ppl collect of our taxes cause there to last to work he loves us all open your heart he will show you

  5. I recommend "Did Jesus Exist" by Bart Ehrman. Short answer: Yes. He did. But a large percentage of the other things written and spoken about him are bullshit.

    • I like "The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture" and "Forgery and Counterforgery" by Bart Ehrman. I don't think that "Did Jesus Exist?" is his best work. In it, he correctly points out that many of the people who have doubted Jesus' existence were and are amateurs when it comes to ancient history. But just because a case has been argued poorly does not necessarily mean that the case is unsound. It seems to me that the experts, the Biblical scholars, have very rarely actually addressed the question of Jesus' existence. They just insist that he did and ridicule anyone who isn't convinced. And when the pros don't do their job, who does that leave? Amatuers. Leading to amateurish results, which then pros ridicule instead of allowing for the possibility that Jesus' existence may have been a legend from the start.

  6. If God exists, then Jesus existed…according to the Jesus Myth.
    Proving God exists is the elemental question. To prove God exists one must prove that the genetic codes that dictate our existence were originally designed by the divine. Evolution is proving to be ‘smarter’ in and of itself. So who wrote the original code for the original strand? Did it write itself? Knowing what we know about the nature of code………does the math support the evidence of a diety and the possibility of a god/human hybrid? If not, then there is no debate.

  7. I hope you all read NT Wrights works on the life, times and events about Jesus and Paul. They are the best ones I have found and refute much of what is written about on the above posts. I have spent 40 years in deep research about the life and times of Jesus and Paul and I find the story to have a few conflicts and to even have errors of facts. However, what is written about Jesus seems have much more evidence to a real person and most of what is written is multiple attested and cross reference to the point that support a very real person, Jesus of Nazareth. The article does no justice to Paul in that why would Paul write about the life of Jesus when NO letter every asks to cover Jesus's life in any way??? Any if no one writes about" Jesus is mythical" from the times of Jesus or after Jesus death, it would seem to me. that all the writers must have understood that Jesus was a real person. I have only seen one writer in the ancient times address Jesus as mythical of the 100's of other documents about Jesus.So, follow the evidence and see where it brings you in understanding the life of one man called Jesus of Nazareth.
    The author of the article above is easily refuted if you know much about ancient writings about Jesus. Rome has no evidence of writing anything about or creating a Jesus myth. Please show me one ancient document!!!! Why do people fall for such nonsense.

  8. Very insightful and evidential article. However, I believe there is a discrepancy in stating that Paul had no knowledge of the apostles. For example, the Galician epistle has him opposing Peter and the apostles for not accepting the Gentiles.

    But It is obvious that Paul never regarded Jesus as physically existent, but rather in a Gnostic spiritual sense.

    I also appreciate the author for pointing out the cruelty of religion and calling Christianity the “Cult” that it is.

    The writer of the Pauline epistle to the Galatians, whomever that may have been, wrote “I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. …But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being.”

    I believe we must accept this “revelation” as a spiritual rather than a physical revelation. After all, how could Paul have actually seen Jesus if he was blind?

    It is obvious to most unbiased theologians that the story of Jesus is an astrological allegory for the Sun passing through the Zodiac each year.

    I defer to the eminent scholar Dr. Bart Erhman with his analysis:

    “1 Corinthians

    3 “For I handed on to you as of first importance what I, in turn, had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters[c] at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. “

    Where do you think he got his information from especially on the 500? Many say it could only have come from Peter or James or else he made it up, which would be odd.

    It’s a great question, and as with many great questions, I don’t think there’s a great answer. There are several things we can say. Paul did know both Peter and James, and so presumably they told him that they had had visions of Jesus. He knew lots of other Christians who either were Christians before he was or who knew Christians who were Christians before he was. Or who were later Christians who had heard stories that were allegedly told by Christians who were Christians before he was?

    My sense is that *any* of these sources could have been his sources of information, and there is no way to evaluate why one of these sources has a better claim to being *the* source from any other source.” https://ehrmanblog.org/jesus-appearance-to-the-500-for

  9. Just a high school diploma here . After reading every one’s comments and seeing many lead with their education accomplishments I figured I’d better lead with mine as well . Now that , that’s out the way maybe I’ll be taken seriously. Myself being raised Christian and being an African/African American was devastated when I found out little 8pound nine ounce white baby Jesus of Nazareth was a plagiarized character stolen from Africans by the Roman Empire. It’s funny one lady lead off with she’s an historian and felled to mention this!!! Why??? This post is questioning the existence Jesus Christ yet most turned into a question about if God or God’s exist. Why??? My hypothesis is that if you truly start researching about Jesus it leads you to Africans. After seeing my brothers and sisters ContInually being murdered by public servants. The raw and unjustly manner of the murders and them being broadcasts all over the world. People who don’t look like me and those being murdered all seemingly being unbothered by the murders. Forced me for my safety and the safety of those I’ve fathered into this world forced me to wake up!!! Once I awakened I went back to the beginning and researched human history!!! I had to know why African people are hated so much!!! At this point I’m a Jesus Christ is the light of the world believing Christian. Human history says African beings are this planet original people. It also says for thousands of years African humans walked this planet alone as the planet’s only humans . This fact directly contradicts the bible and it’s Adam and Eve story. It’s a easily researched fact Africans had started many different civilization’s by the time the story of God’s first people was written down and before it was conceived!!! This is one of many lies but a very important one I’ll come back to . Human history also leads you to Neanderthals. Non human beings who lived 45,000 years ago. Neanderthals lived in Europe and Asia it’s important to note no Neanderthal bones have ever been found in Africa or America!!! Science says the Neanderthals died out 40,000 years ago. Yet before they died out some were gifted into humanity by their African father’s. Meaning 40,000 years ago African humans from the continent of Africa migrated to Europe and Asia and the African human male’s fucked non human Neanderthal beings females. Those children who was gifted with the precious gift of melanin from their African human father’s are the children the bible is talking about when it says God created all races of people. Any Neanderthal non human being who wasn’t gifted with the precious gift of melanin burned up by the Sun 40,000 years ago. Science now confirms this by acknowledging that all people expect Africans carry the Neanderthals DNA in their blood til this very moment!!! Everything that has come after oh say 44,000 years ago is a direct reflection of that gift by African human male’s has turned out to be a curse for us original humans who’ve came behind this deed!!! After learning this I kept going which leads you to Africans creating any and everything of significance this world knows about. Eventually spreading that knowledge to the new group of sub humans created by fucking Neanderthals in Europe and Asia. Those people learning over long periods of time and eventually betraying their father’s/teachers. White washing and claiming knowledge of their own. Eventually after thousands of years and Africans not operating as one and Waring with each other these children joined together as one and enslaved us. After that anyone born was born into a world of chaos being controlled by inferior men in every way and that known inferiority complex causing them plagiarize everything and use it to forever suppress this planet’s original people . Yet don’t be discouraged my brothers and sisters we’ve entered a new cycle of truth and we all shall awaken and reclaim our birth rights as this planet original people. “Let the truth be the power be the power that unites us all ☻.” Rasheede

  10. It’s because his name is not Jesus or nor he is white, His name is Yahusha and he is Black… That’s why y’all can’t find him… He is Hebrew…

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