Virtually all scholars of the ancient world believe Jesus lived. Only a very small fraction of scholars believe in a mythical figure. The leader of the mythical Jesus movement is fringe scholar Richard Carrier.
The video below shows Bart Ehrman — himself an agnostic, but a highly esteemed scholar of the New Testament and ancient world — explaining that Jesus lived. Bart says that anyone who claims otherwise looks foolish.
Richard Dawkins — perhaps the most vocal atheist alive today and author of “The God Delusion” — admitted that Jesus lived in a debate w/ John Lennox. Originally in his book, Dawkins fibbed, was somehow confused, or was trying to sell more books & hurt the Christian cause. That is, Dawkins said Jesus wasn’t historic.
In a public debate (view below), however, John Lennox called Dawkins out on that false position that Jesus never actually lived. Awkwardly and reluctantly, Dawkins changed his position and said that Jesus did in fact live.
This young fellow in the video below is a Muslim convert to Christianity who shared that many noted the life of Jesus and his followers outside the accounts found in the Bible.
Those that believe in a mythical Jesus usually mention supposed similarities between Jesus’ resurrection claims and Osiris myths. The two lives, deaths, and afterlives — Jesus’ and Osiris’ — are hardly similar upon close inspection.
The mythicists claim that Jews copied the Egyptian myths and created a resurrection story that resembled that of Osiris. Nope. Didn’t happen. Not even close. Modern mythicists are awful scholars making unsupported claims.
Watch Richard Bauckman discuss his book, “Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony. ”
Consider watching the below video about Josephus’ Jesus writings. Josephus lived from 37-100 AD and was a Roman-Jewish historian. His 21-volume Antiquities of the Jews recounts the history of the world from a Jewish perspective for a Roman audience.
These works provide valuable insight into first century Judaism and the background of early Christianity.
“Doer of baffling deeds…. On the 3rd day He appeared to them alive.” A few lines in Josephus’ writings are controversial, and may have been added by later scribes. Yet, most scholars agree that Josephus penned several lines, mentioning Jesus.