The basic idea is that Jesus began as a revelatory preexistent being like the angel moroni (Mormonism) and the angel Gabriel (islam).
I know the video is a little long, but I highly encourage watching it as I think it's a great introduction to the theory, and if you find religion fun and interesting it is well worth the watch. Richard Carrier is an incredibly intelligent and eloquent man.
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I'm not a Christian. and I gave the video a look.
I don't like how this guy kept defaulting to "read my book to fact check me", or how he attacked the sanity and credibility of Christian scholars as validation for his own agreement.
It's hard for me to take anyone seriously when their only validation is the invalidation of others.
But I will say that his theory makes sense. Not saying that I believe it, because even though I walked away from Christianity at age 14, it never crossed my mind that people like Moses and Abraham weren't or couldn't be real people. Disproving their existence in a basis for disproving Jesus.
To me, it makes more sense to assume that every major world religions has a version of the "great flood" story, because it actually happened. Maybe not the grand scale of covering the *entire* earth, but enough that everyone knew about it.
I personally think, and could easily believe that Jesus was indeed a real person, even though I don't believe in him as the savior or son of any one true God.1
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