- Mar 2012
Well, fortunately there is the second approach which for some mysterious reason is never employed. That is to examine the accusation from purely logical perspective. However, there is one very important factor which is far more powerful and absolutely indisputable in establishing that Jesus did exist. That is the fact that his enemies never accused him of never having existed. Why is this remarkable and absolutely devastating to that argument of nonexistence? Simple, because the Jews vehemently hated Jesus and his teachings were considered blasphemous both during his ministry and after the time of his described death.
But… you misses the existence of the so called “docets”. The docetic movement (the rejection of the real historical Jesus) began in the 1st century. How can that happen if it was easy at that time to look up the birth records, talk to friends, relatives or just eyewitnesses of his life?
Actually we have this:
First century – some people believed Jesus was real, some people believed he was not.
3-4 centuries – all those who believed Jesus was not real were repressed, called heretics, books of those who thought so were burned or just not rewrited and thus disappeared.
So I guess your logical argument is not very strong.