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

    • There are two key elements to the did Jesus exist question.
      1. As you ask, can we have evidence for a deity ? In the absence of an epistemic basis – by definition we cant. So it is literally impossible to have evidence for Jesus as being in any form related to a deity.
      2. As you indicate, was there a dude (sorry if that is too technical) considered, as we would now call "a messiah" wandering around the wilderness. As Paulkovich point out, there is no mention of such a person, but as scholars such as Ehrmann explain – "we" (the royal we – I am no biblical scholar) wouldnt have expected them to (he goes in to great lengths to explain why we wouldnt).

      We are left with, (depending on which scholars you trust) "2,000 years ago there probably was (not) some guy wandering around preaching all sorts of things and with a great following". As we know from contemporary events – and as Tom Jones would say, "It is not unusual" – so what ?

    • Take the book of Genesis and the big bang theory look at them side-by-side and ask yourself one very big question: taking the law of inertia into account what external force acted upon the singularity to overcome it’s inertia causing the universe to explode into existence?

  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"


    • 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.


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