mythicist


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mythicist

1. a student of myths.
2. an interpreter of myths.
See also: Mythology
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James McGrath: I would say that doubt about the historicity of Jesus is not what makes one a mythicist. In the case of ancient history, the appropriate standard is (in my opinion) "more probable than not" rather than "beyond a reasonable doubt." But be that as it may, it's not doubt about the historicity of Jesus but insistence that Jesus is unlikely to have been historical--and that his first devotees thought he was a celestial deity rather than a terrestrial human--that deserves to be called "mythicism." It's important to distinguish that view from the uncertainty mainstream scholars may feel about whether we can discern anything more than a few basic facts through the veil of legend, myth, and dogma that shrouds the origins of Christianity from our view.
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Some people, called "mythicists," even believe Jesus of Nazareth never existed.