This Non-Religious Life Episode 58: Jesus, son of Pandera

This Non-Religious Life Episode 58: Jesus, son of Pandera


This week we have a whole slew of topics to discuss. First, we get into the hilarious topic of evangelical politicians who make up wild and outlandish stories to rile up the conservative Christian base. In this case, Mike Huckabee claims that if the Obama contraceptive insurance policy isn’t stopped the next logical progression is that the EPA will ban baptisms because it requires too much water. The next story is one of a woman who, after a DUI arrest and conviction, had a quite untraditional addendum to her sentence; in addition to eight years in prison and five years probation she must read and write an essay on the biblical book of Job. We also discuss the idea of the Bible as a threat to national security. From Bibles bearing various military insignia to rifle scopes with Bible verses for serial numbers to Evangelical Christian music concerts on military installations, when we have a military presence in two Muslim nations the appearance that ours are theological crusades is one we cannot risk.

A bulk of our show, however, deals with Paul Verhoeven’s new movie, the director of Robocop and Total Recall is apparently also a member of the Jesus Seminar. His new movie, based on his 2003 book, Jesus of Nazareth takes an historical view of Jesus as well as a highly controversial position on the virgin birth, namely that Mary was raped by a Roman soldier. This is an ancient claim going back as far as the second century pagan author Celsus. It is also recorded in the Jewish anti-gospel the Toledot Yeshu. We make some Monty Python jokes and quips about homeopathic levels of holiness in groundwater so stay tuned.

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Jason Bayless

Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.

  • slrman1

    January 19, 2013

    There is a “minor” problem with your concept. There is no proof at all that jesus ever existed.

    For one thing: In the case of the historical Jesus, there is not one contemporary record of his existence. The Romans, who otherwise kept very good records never mentioned a figure who was supposed to be socially, politically, and spiritually so significant as well as publicly performing many miracles; then was executed after a very public trial.

    Not until the Gospel of Mark, written from 40 to over 100 years after the supposed crucifixion, (depending upon which biblical scholar you choose to believe) is there any mention of Jesus. If we look at the fables of Horus, Attis, and Mithra, we see amazing similarities. Born in low circumstances on December 25, 12 followers, executed at an early age, son of a god, the list goes on. It would appear that the early church, in need of a powerful central figure, “borrowed” from earlier myths to create a rallying point for their religion.

    For another: As stated by Dr. Bart Ehrman, Professor of religious studies at the University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill, NC said, “In the entire first Christian century, Jesus is not mentioned by a single Greek or Roman scholar, politician, philosopher, or poet. His name never appears in a single inscription, and it is never found in a single piece of private correspondence. Zero! Zip references!”

    • slrman2

      January 19, 2013

      Oh, let’s add one more: A Few Noticeable Events in the Life of Jesus

      Herod’s slaughter of all the baby boys in Bethlehem.
      Jesus’ triumphant entry in jerusalem, where the entire town welcomes him as their king.
      Jesus casting out the greedy moneychangers. (in an area about the size of 34 football fields)
      Two earthquakes his Jerusalem.
      Supernatural darkness covers “all the land” for hours.
      The Sacred Temple curtain tears from top to bottom.
      All the dead holy men in the cemetery come out of their graves and wander Jerusalem, “appearing to many.”

      And yet, contemporary historians in the time of Jesus didn’t write about any of this.


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