We know there was an historical Jesus for the following reasons:
1.) We have near contemporary references to Jesus by Paul, gMatthew, gMark, gLuke and gJohn, which are independently corroborated by near contemporary Roman and Jewish historians, namely Tacitus and Josephus.
2.) We know of one eyewitness of Jesus, whose name was James "the brother of the Lord," who is independently confirmed by Josephus.
3.) All of these sources situate Jesus within a specific historical and cultural context, allowing us to date when Jesus lived and died.
3.) Occam's razor shows us that the best explanation for the origins of Christianity is an historical Jesus.
4.) There is a 300 year-old scholarly consensus that Jesus was a real historical figure.
We have more than enough evidence supporting the existence of an historical Jesus. The existence of an historical Jesus does not mean that Christianity is true or that god exists, in fact quite the opposite. So why do so many atheists continue to deny the historicity of Jesus?
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