"Agnostics Question the History of Jesus"
The real truth about Jesus from an agnostic perspective.
Was Jesus a real live human being or did he simply reside in the imagination of ancient mystics. This evasive question has daunted historians, scholars, and archeologists since the early days of modern enlightenment. Unfortunately, the stories about Jesus unfolded at a murky time when history was given mostly to rumors, superstition, and hearsay. Although endless efforts have been made in proving the veracity of actual events, the legend of Jesus remains a mystery. Agnostics in their quest for the real truth must accordingly fall back on common sense reasoning to formulate views which are consistent with this lack of understanding. The following selections will help those who are unsure about the story of Jesus to come up with some resolute answers.
Decoding Jesus - (Article) (John Blake) "Separating the man from the
Did A Historical Jesus Exist - (Article) (Jim Walker) "A brief outlook about the claims of a historical Jesus and why the evidence cannot serve as justification for a historical Jesus." (nobeliefs.com)
Did Jesus Exist - (Article) (Nigel Baraber, Ph.D.) "Unfortunately, much of what one reads on this question is biased whether by religion scholars, and religious believers, who promote the historical Jesus, or atheist writers intent on debunking him." (psycologytoday.com)
Did Historical Jesus Really Exist - (Article) (Raphael Lataster) "The first problem we encounter when trying to discover more about the Historical Jesus is the lack of early sources." (washingtonpost.com)
Fable of Christ - (Article) (Michael B. Paulkovitch) "I must conclude that Christ is a mythical character. He was nothing more than an urban legend, likely an agglomeration of several evangelic and deluded rabbis who might have existed." (secularhumanism.org)
The Historical Jesus - (Aritcle) (Setzer, Claudia Tikkun) "Scholar Claudia Setzer explores the discoveries and controversies of the present 1990's quest, comparing it to earlier intense periods of inquiry into Jesus' life." (pbs.org)
Historians Rely on Hearsay for Jesus - (Article) "An essay about the reliability of historical evidence for Jesus." (Jim Walker)
Jesus and Contradictions of the Bible - (Article) (Bart Ehrman) "To illustrate the differences between the Gospels, Ehrman offers opposing depictions of Jesus talking about himself." (npr.org)
Jesus Stories Keep Taking Direct Hits - (Article) (David Madison) "Christian theologians have admitted for a long time despite the anguish of church folks who believe in ‘the gospel truth’ that many Bible stories, always assumed to be history, really aren’t." (debunkint-christianity.com)
Is Josephus a Reliable Source - (Essay) (Bob Seidensticker) "He was not a Christian, and this non-biblical source is often cited by apologists as strong confirmation of key elements from the gospel story." (patheos.com)
Judaism's View of Jesus - (Definition) "Judaism has never accepted any of the claimed fulfillments of prophecy that Christianity attributes to Jesus." (en.wikipedia.org)
Scientific Perspective on The Resurrection - (Article) (Michael Shermer) “But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” (michaelshermer.com)
Searching For Jesus - (Essay) (Elizabeth Clark) "What has propelled and influenced generations of scholars in their efforts to separate fact from legend about Jesus." (pbs.org)
The Search For No Frills Jesus - (Essay) (Charlotte Allen) "It should bring an end to the myth, the history, the mentality, of the Gospels." (theatlantic.com)
The Truth Behind The Christ Myth - (Essay) (Mark Pinkham) "Ancient origins of the often used legend" (ancient-origins.net)
Was Jesus a Real Person - (Essay) (Natalie Wolchover) "Jesus Christ may be the most famous man who ever lived. But how do we know he did." (livescience.com)
What Would It Take To Prove the Reserrection - (Essay) (Michael Shermer) A scientific approach to whether the resurrection of Jesus is provable. Evaluating possibilities versus probabilities as a matter of definition. (scientificamerican.com)
Who Was Jesus The Man - (Essay) (Heather Whipps) "There are no "eyewitness" accounts written about Jesus during his lifetime, so historians have to rely on interpretations of the four main canonical gospel texts, mostly scrawled several decades after his death." (livescience.com)