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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37 COMMENTS

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

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