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					    The Soundless Silence
Three Aspects of a “Biblical” Christ Myth

                      James Patrick Holding
                       Tekton Apologetics

    “Skeptics silenced….
      rogues refuted.”
    The Biblical Silence Theory
• Dismisses the Gospels as
inauthentic, late legends
• Secular references argued
• Emphasizes the lack of
“important details” about Jesus
in the epistles
• Theorizes that the epistles
teach a Jesus who was a
heavenly, spiritual entity; or
lived hundreds of years before
The Biblical Silence Theorists
 G. A. Wells
 Wrote several books in
 favor of the theory – then
 changed his mind!

                              Earl Doherty
                              Still thinks he deserves a
 The Biblical Silence Theorists
Brian Flemming
Ex-Christian filmmaker who
promotes mythicist theories and
passed out 666 copies of his film
to churches….secretly.
The Biblical Silence Arguments
Is there a serious lack of detail about the
       life of Jesus in the Epistles?
• Dispensing with the cross
• Jesus has “no life”

In the Epistles, there is no conception of Jesus as) a human
man who had recently lived, taught, performed miracles,
suffered and died at the hands of human authorities, or rose
from a tomb outside Jerusalem. There is no sign in the
epistles of Mary or Joseph, Judas or John the Baptist, no
birth story, teaching or appointment of apostles by Jesus, no
mention of holy places or sites of Jesus’ career, not even
the hill of Calvary or the empty tomb. This silence is so
pervasive and so perplexing that attempted explanations for
it have proven inadequate. – Earl Doherty
     Tempest in a Teapot
If there’s a lack of detail about the life of
     Jesus in the Epistles…so what?
               • The epistles were written to solve
               specific problems in the churches –
               not offer Jesus’ life story

               • The epistles were written to
               people who had been Christians
               for 10 or more years

               • The NT world: A “high context”
  High Context – Low Detail
  The Most Important Factor: The
Bible was written in a “high context”

 The “silence”
theory reads the
New Testament as
though it were a
modern, low-
context document.
  The Biblical Silence Examples
                  Prayer: How and why?
Rom. 8:26 We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the
Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot

Matt. 6:5-9 "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for
they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street
corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received
their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close
the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your
Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And
when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think
they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like
them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
This, then, is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name...' "
  The Biblical Silence Examples
                 Quotations and Allusions
1 Peter 3:9 Do not repay wrong with wrong, or abuse with abuse;
on the contrary, retaliate with blessing…

1 Thess. 5:2-4 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will
come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, "Peace and
safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on
a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers,
are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
  The Biblical Silence Examples
                 Return of the Archons
1 Corinthians 2:1-8 When I came to you, brothers, proclaiming
the mystery of God, I did not come with sublimity of words or of
wisdom. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you
except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. I came to you in weakness
and fear and much trembling, and my message and my
proclamation were not with persuasive (words of) wisdom, but with
a demonstration of spirit and power, so that your faith might rest
not on human wisdom but on the power of God. Yet we do speak
a wisdom to those who are mature, but not a wisdom of this age,
nor of the rulers of this age who are passing away. Rather, we
speak God's wisdom, mysterious, hidden, which God
predetermined before the ages for our glory, and which none of
the rulers of this age knew; for if they had known it, they
would not have crucified the Lord of glory..
The Biblical Silence Examples
  The Disneyland Palestine Objection
   Further Reading
On Earl Doherty:

On The God Who Wasn’t There:

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