Atheist scholars believe in a historical Jesus???

I've been debating on and off with Christians in the blog of Rev. Brian Zahnd. Most recently I've been arguing with the Reverend himself in his post titled Knowing and Believing. In the comments following his post I mentioned that I didn't believe that a historical Jesus ever existed. Rev. Zahnd was shocked by my statement and claimed that he had never heard a single scholar make that assertion, even an atheist scholar. I have never heard of an atheist scholar who did believe a historical Jesus existed. At most, every atheist I know might CONSIDER the POSSIBILITY of the existence of a historical Jesus, but they just don't believe the man was the divine son of God. But that doesn't mean that they believe Jesus existed, they just simply accept that it's possible. There's a difference between accepting the possibility of something and believing in it's reality.

I feel like sheep among a pack of hungry wolves in that blog. Perhaps someone else here might be able to argue my points better than I did. I got into debates in another post titled Letter to an Atheist. As you read thru it you'll notice I got into a heated debate awhile back that I let get a little out of hand.

If anyone reads through those posts I'd be curious to know what you think.

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Comment by Jennifer W on February 21, 2009 at 6:44am
Part of the Christian myth is borrowed from other cultures.

I got this from another poster's blog.
Comment by DeafAtheist on February 21, 2009 at 3:13am
Makes sense. Thanks for the info. I didn't know about Rook Hawkins. I looked him up and passed it on in the comments on that post. Will have to see how he responds.
Comment by Phillip Law on February 21, 2009 at 1:05am
The name Jesus is as common as the name Michael today. That said there is no contemporary evidence that 'Jesus Christ' (important that the name and title is there) exists, and those that were are made up.
If you want atheist histocical scholars, try Rook Hawkins:



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