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Disclaimer: As I just explained to an offended Christian friend, my own views are quite different from those of David Skrbina—as those who actually listen to the interview will discover! -Kevin Barrett
What do we really know about the life and career of Jesus? Philosophy professor David Skrbina has just published a book entitled The Jesus Hoax: How St. Paul’s Cabal Fooled the World for Two Thousand Years. His argument (from the book’s website):
“Could it be that Jesus, the miracle-working Son of God, never existed? That he was merely a man, a social agitator, who managed to get crucified? Yes–or so argues Prof David Skrbina in this compelling and even shocking new book. The weight of evidence strongly suggests that the biblical Jesus never existed, and that what we read in the Bible is an elaborate scheme, a hoax, regarding a divine god-man who came to earth to save humanity. In fact, the story was constructed by Paul and a handful of his friends in order to undermine support for the Roman Empire. This hoax, which seemed so benign at first, resulted in devastating consequences for Western civilization, even as it did, ultimately, contribute to the collapse of the Empire.”
DAVID SKRBINA, PhD, is a professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. He has been teaching there since 2003. His areas of expertise include philosophy of mind, philosophy of technology, and environmental ethics. He has authored or edited 10 books, including, most recently, The Jesus Hoax (Creative Fire Press), The Metaphysics of Technology (Routledge), and Panpsychism in the West (revised ed., MIT Press).