Few historians, and even fewer experts in comparative religion and mythology of late antiquity, have been persuaded by the arguments of the [Jesus] mythicists. They observe that the alleged parallels between Jesus and the pagan myths are not especially close and often require very questionable interpretation of either the pagan myth or the putative parallel in the Gospels, or both. Moreover, the mythological “construct” that supposedly explains Jesus is often just that—a construct made from many myths and sources from different times and geographical locations. The whole procedure is regarded by most as invalid…The claim that Jesus did not exist is a modern enterprise. It does not arise from a critical assessment of ancient evidence or from the ancient evidence itself. Rather, it is very much a reflection of our postmodern society, a society that often places a greater premium on imagination and subjectivity. — Craig A. Evans (from, Mythicism and the Public Jesus of History)