From time to time the vague (and sometimes even forceful) suggestion that Jesus didn’t really exist pops up.
John Dickson writes an article, published online at ABC’s Religion and Ethics portal in which he contends:
There are, of course, some forceful arguments against Christian belief – the problem of miracles or alternative religions, the existence of evil and suffering, the scandal of hell, just to name a few. These require grown-up responses from thoughtful believers. These belong to the real heavyweight contest.
But the claim that Jesus was a figment of religious imagination and not a figure of first-century history is, quite frankly, amateur hour. It deserves to be as ignored in the public sphere as much as it is in historical circles.
Read A fight they can’t win: The irreligious assault on the historicity of Jesus here.