"Ultimately I suppose this question simply devolves into semantics. If the question is whether there was anyone alive at that time who was something like Jesus i.e., a carpenter who maybe did a little preaching and maybe had a little ragtag group of…"
"I agree with Albert. This is the point I was making earlier. I can't see how belief in a historical Jesus in the absence of any hard evidence is different from a belief in the biblical Jesus? In either case there's just nothing there to…"
"In his book 'Godless' which I highly recommend btw, Dan Barker writes that there is no external historical confirmation for the New Testament stories. The early years of the Roman Republic is one of the most historically documented times…"