False Equivalence that is Jesus Mythicism

In 1898, Morgan Robertson published a novella titled The Wreck of the Titan. The story was an anecdotal tale of a transatlantic journey of a cruise ship called Titan. The ship was travelling from England to New York. This giant vessel – the Titan – had a displacement of 45,000 tons and was deemed unsinkable. However at the midnight of April, with three enormous propellers thrusting the vessel forward, and at the speed of 25 knots, it slammed into an iceberg and sunk. Since the number of lifeboats was the least the law required (though twice that which was needed for its 3,000 capacity), more than half of its passengers died.

Fourteen years later in April 1912, the world’s largest luxury liner with a displacement of 45,000 tons – the immortal Titanic – left England on a transatlantic journey to New York. In the middle of the night, the Titanic ship speeding at 25 knots rammed into an iceberg and sunk. Since the Titanic was fitted with less than half the number of lifeboats needed for its 3,000 capacity (the minimum the law required), more than half of its passengers perished.

Lemons are not limes

The story in the novella has shocking similarities to the Titanic account. This is a real-life coincidence! The fact that it is a coincidence advances a compelling argument against Jesus mythicists, who claims that there is good reason to believe that the stories of Jesus presented in the New Testament Gospels are constructs inspired by various pagan mythologies, especially those that speak of dying and rising gods. 

Notwithstanding the similarity between two accounts of different events, the second cannot be readily discounted as an invention solely because the first turns out to be fiction. Whether or not the details of the Titanic’s disaster are accurate is determined by its own set of evidence, unrelated to the fictional story of the ill-fated Titan that came before. That is logic.

If you find yourself in polluted waters of false equivalence fallacy then it is imperative to remember that your argument is bad and should be rejected. Go back to the drawing board and refine it. What is more, if you notice that you are using this fallacy within one of your arguments, as a person who ascribes to the ethos of Critical Thinking, you must replace it with a good argument.

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