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.