It continues to surprise me that many people believe that Jesus did not exist. Further, even if he did exist, his teachings have done incredible harm.
For instance, here’s a recent discussion on reddit about this question:
(Warning: some of the language used in this forum is not acceptable in our context).
One comment, by a gnostic atheist, goes like this:
I think he didn’t exist and that the lessons he supposedly taught are terrible for humanity.
Let’s consider together how to respond. Two kinds of response are needed:
- What are the key historical facts you would say establish the existence of Jesus as a real person?
- How would you engage in the conversation so as to have the opportunity to respectfully bring forward the evidence on the question?