Historian Richard Carrier has published the first peer-reviewed, scholarly book to argue that Jesus of Nazareth was a mythical character: "On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt."
Carrier interprets the gospels as symbolic literature. He argues that the earliest Christian documents (such as the letters of the Apostle Paul) seem to paint a picture of a heavenly Christ who never existed as an ordinary man.
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