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Jul 29th 2011 4:19PM It will be interesting to see what unfolds here. Thanks for the write up - this is the best one I have found so far.
And one note on the comments...
Pretty much anything you didn't directly witness is Circumstantial evidence, much of science is Circumstantial evidence. We just have to be very careful about drawing inferences. This is why we have the Scientific Method - Science is simply the process by which we minimize sources of bias and error in our inferences. For myself, concluding that there was a person, Jesus, as described in the Gospels would require me to ignore a tremendous number of difficulties. Too many to accept it based on the limited textual evidence for it.
I recommend Albert Schweitzer's The Quest of the Historical Jesus: "There is nothing more negative than the result of the critical study of the Life of Jesus. The Jesus of Nazareth who came forward publicly as the Messiah, who preached the ethic of the Kingdom of God, who founded the Kingdom of Heaven upon earth and died to give His work its final consecration never had any existence"