by Bill Pratt
Every once in a while, you may hear from hyper-skeptics that Jesus probably never existed, or that if he did exist, we cannot know anything about him because the historical evidence is so poor. Mike Licona, in his book The Resurrection of Jesus, provides a sampling of quotes from scholars who have studied the historical Jesus, and who regard the idea that Jesus never existed as simply false. These quotes span from 1958 to present day.
Truth is not determined by a vote, but when it comes to historical studies, it certainly is important to see where the scholarly consensus lies. After all, these people have supposedly studied the evidence far more than the average person. So, below I have copied Licona’s collection of quotes just to give you an idea of the consensus opinion on the existence of Jesus.
Bultmann (1958): “Of course the doubt as to whether Jesus really existed is unfounded and not worth refutation. No sane person can doubt that Jesus stands as founder behind the historical movement whose first distinct stage is represented by the oldest Palestinian community…
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