#22 | POSTED BY DOCNJO
"Many people spoke and wrote about an historical Jesus early in the 2nd century"
The key being "2nd century".
"especially those who dis not approve of him or his message."
Especially?? There are writings about Christians, but the historical Jesus? I wouldn't use the Babylonian Talmud as a reference, either, as it's much too late.
"Many Church fathers were quoting the gospels early within a life span of a human being."
They were quoting the gospel, yes, but that's not evidence. What's the earliest, though?
"Josephus referenced him about AD75."
Josephus wrote The Jewish War in 75, which has no reference to Jesus. Antiquities of the Jews, written in the mid 90s, includes two references, one almost certainly NOT authentic, the other a passing mention.
"The narrative in the gospel matches history."
Which gospel? And how does it "match history"?
Luke has an invented census story. Matthew has an invented slaughter of the innocents, and a host of other elements that are not historical, just to give a couple examples.
If we start with the premise that Jesus existed, then yes, we can find evidence.
See, I don't believe the gospels were written as history to begin with. They may reference historical things, but that was never the purpose.