281: Did Jesus Really Exist?
Was Jesus a real person? Did he actually exist? Is there evidence that Jesus was a real historical person?
Yes, Jesus was indeed a real person. And, yes, there is plenty of evidence for this. In fact, the evidences for this is overwhelming. Jesus being a real historical person has not ever been in question throughout history until very recently. Even religious skeptics throughout the ages have accepted the reality of a man named Jesus that lived in Palestine in the first-century.
In this episode, Kenny gives the reasons and evidences for the historical Jesus.
What is the historical evidence that Jesus Christ lived and died? [article by Dr. Simon Gathercole]
Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths? (Maurice Casey)
Contra Celsum [Wikipedia entry]
Josephus on Jesus [Wikipedia entry]
Pliny the Younger speaks about Christians [Wikipedia entry]
Tacitus mentions Jesus [Wikipedia entry]
Manuscript evidence for superior New Testament reliability [article by Matt Slick]
“Minimal Facts” Approach to the Resurrection [lecture from Gary Habermas]
Additional Recommend Resources
The Evidence for Jesus [article by William Lane Craig]
Is there proof that Jesus existed? [article by Matt Slick]
The Resurrection of the Son of God (NT Wright)
The New Testament in Its World (NT Wright & Michael Bird)
The Case for Christ (Lee Stroebl)
Is There Any Evidence That Jesus Didn’t Exist? [YouTube video from William Lane Craig]
Did Jesus Even Exist? Responding to 5 Objections Raised by @rawstory [article by Michael J. Kruger]
Did Jesus Really Exist? [article by Paul L. Maier]
The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus (by Gary Habermas and Michael Licona)