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There's not one shred of physical or contemporaneous evidence for Jesus. Nothing. The closest texts date to about 40 years after his putative death. This was against the backdrop of a hotbed province governed by the Romans, who were quite particular about record keeping. A maverick country preacher whipping up trouble at the most politically febrile time of the year? Claiming he was the Son of God? Ending up before the governor himself? Stuff like that would have quite a chance of rating a mention.

Maybe it did and got lost. There's be acres of source material that didn't make it down the river of time. So, I'm not saying Jesus definitely didn't exist (I am willing to say he wasn't God), but he is far from proven as a historical certainty. As mentioned, the evidence from his days is totally missing.


The following article gives a good account for the historical reliability of the New Testament:

http://apologetics.com/default.jsp?bodycontent=/articles/historical_apologetics/habermas-nt.html

JMHO

Paul
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