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It is quite difficult to know where to start, because actually the evidence for Jesus is so massive that, as a historian, I want to say we have got almost as much [good] evidence for Jesus as for anyone in the ancient world [Obviously there are some characters from the ancient world for whom we have statues and inscriptions. On the other hand, we have statues of gods and goddesses in the ancient world too, and so you can never be quite sure. But in Jesus' case,]the evidence all points firmly back to the existence of this great figure in the 20s through to around 30 of the first century. And the evidence fits so well with what we know of the Judaism of the period (even though much of it was eventually written down a generation later) that I think there are hardly any historians today, in fact I don't know of any historians today, who doubt the existence of Jesus. . . It is quite clear that in fact Jesus is a very, very well documented character of real history. So I think that question can be put to rest.
(in Flew, "There is a God", 2007, p187-88 )

I don't know why you take such a hard line against Jesus, but you are out of step with scholarly opinion.

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Excuse me, but the bolded phrase is IMHO clearly and demonstrably an enormous exaggeration. There are thousands of figures from the ancient world of whom we do have contemporary witnesses, correspondence, written works... People of whom we have images, who have left physical traces still for us to see and touch and who have a grave.
I suppose that that final statement (about all historians agreeing ) can therefore be taken with at least as many grains of salt.


I've gone back and filled in the ellipsis for you (bracketed material) . . . hope you are happy now.

But since you disagree that historians almost unanimously accept that Jesus existed, you should be able to provide info on the scores of historians who don't??
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