The embarrassingly not-so-remarkable tale of how Jesus became real

This piece very clearly explains how a mythical or alegorical figure can become real in the collective conscious of society. John Zande has done a remarkable job of explaining the journey from myth to legend to real.

If we look at modern day China, in one generation they have erased the memory of the Tank Man and why the tanks were in the square. Children today do not recognize or understand what the picture is all about. But that does not explain how myth becomes real so much as how society can work together to change reality.

John’s post is a wonderful explanation.


mythLet’s be honest, I don’t believe a man named Jesus ever walked the earth. It’s not that I’m anti-Jesus in any sense, I’m not. Like most atheists I’d say I in fact live a life far closer to the ideals touted by the character than most loud-mouthed, gay hating, science denying, apocalypse yearning evangelical fundamentalist “Christians.” Now granted, the character is a little wishy-washy, frustratingly wimpy, a melancholic defeatist who quite frankly is not very convincing but he’s a fine enough invention for late 1st Century Judea. I don’t believe the man ever drew an earthly breath for the simple reason that I’ve looked at the evidence with an honest eye and haven’t found a single waypoint that indicates a historical person. What can be found are lies and subterfuges enacted by the early church fathers to create an illusion of life where there was, quite evidently, none…

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