Did Jesus exist as a real historical figure?

“Yes, after all…
  • AD 30-175 sources report on Jesus
  • Specific things are known about jesus

      In addition to reports explicitly on Jesus's existence, we know several things about the historical Jesus.1

      We can discuss one example here:
      • …we know Jesus's tomb was empty.
      • …[Many more forthcoming]
      This is relevant because if we know things about an historical Jesus, then there must be an historical Jesus.

      1. [Forthcoming]
        Mark Allen Powell (NT professor at Trinity Lutheran, a founding editor of the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus): “Jesus did more than just exist. He said and did a great many things that most historians are reasonably certain we can know about today.” [Jesus as a Figure in History (Westminster, 1998), 168.]
  • [Early sources show no sign of doubt/debate]

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  • [The AD 30 Jerusalem church believed Jesus existed]

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  • [The AD 30 Jerusalem Jews believed Jesus existed]

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  • “No, after all…
  • [Miracle-workers aren't real historical figures]

      Miracles-workers aren't real historical figure.

      We can discuss 1 evidence for this, namely…
      • …naturalism is true (there are no miracles) [Forthcoming]
      This is relevant because if Jesus existed, Jesus was a miracle worker.

      But
      • …miracles can occur in history God exists and had reason to enable or perform the miracle.

      So?
      • …Even if Jesus did not perform miracles, Jesus could still be a real historical figure. (The same goes for Alexander the Great, Muhammad etc.)

  • [1st century historians are silent on Jesus]

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  • Jesus matches prior mythic deity/deities

      Jesus or details about Jesus match the details of prior mythic deities.

      We can discuss 1 example here:
      • …Horus is just like Jesus.
      This is relevant because to the degree that Jesus resembles pre-existing mythical deities, to that degree we have reason to suspect Jesus is a copy of these deities (and therefore himself mythical).

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