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FAQ: OK, nobody really denies that Jesus
existed, but don't the scholars now have evidence that the Jesus of history was just a great teacher and
The search for the "Historical Jesus" is a rather recent undertaking of so-called scholars and realists,
who look to dissect the Biblical record and paint a real picture of the man, Jesus. For about the last
100 years, including most recently, the Jesus Seminar, intellectual debate has made its way into the
mainstream media based on the supposed goal of "separating historical fact from mythology." The problem
is that the entire "Historical Jesus" movement is a product of the 20th Century philosophy of naturalism,
in that all debate begins with a shared, yet concealed, presupposition - that anything outside the realm
of natural explanation can never be backed by historical evidence. In a nutshell, the movement holds that
it's impossible for the Gospel accounts of Jesus to be historically accurate, because they record things
that simply can't happen, like people walking on water, food multiplying, and people being raised from
the dead. Of course, this is not scholarly evaluation of the historical evidence or Biblical
manuscripts - this is strict adherence to the philosophy of naturalism.
When examined, the "Historical Jesus" movement of the last 100 years has unearthed nothing that undermines
the Gospel accounts. There is no "new evidence" supporting the idea that Jesus was merely a "good man."
There is no "new evidence" debunking the accounts of miracles and the resurrection based on new analysis
of "myth theory" over a long period of time. To the contrary, recent discoveries have given more
credibility to the nature and content of the New Testament record than ever before. Actually, except for
the propagated view of the mainstream media, the trend in the last two decades has been for liberal
scholars to become more conservative in their views on the reliability of the New Testament record, not
less. Recent finds in archaeology are showing more (not less) consistent detail of the time, culture,
religion and politics at the time Jesus walked the earth. At the same time, Biblical manuscript credibility
has taken great leaps forward (not backward). Do these things prove the miracles or resurrection of Jesus?
No. However, when these things are combined with the record of historical accuracy, Messianic prophecy,
early church growth, Christian persecution, and extra-biblical sources, we see powerful substance
(not mythology) underlying the claim that the writers of the New Testament record were eye-witnesses to
the events themselves.
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