...to the ridiculous.
Philip Ryken over at Reformation21 has posted: "...proceedings began last week on the trial in Viterbo, Italy, concerning the existence of Jesus Christ of Nazareth." Do read it!
This is, in a deluded way, a more honest approach than that which accepts Jesus existed yet tries to redefine him or come up with some patronising nonsense about him being merely a good teacher. While I think that C.S.Lewis' trichotomy (Mad, bad, or God) is a bit forced, he was certainly right in dismissing as arrogant nonsense the idea that Jesus was merely a good teacher. To be an honest atheist, you've got to get rid of Jesus altogether.
There's nothing surprising about someone wanting to attack Jesus' existence. It recognises that Jesus is the biggest stumbling block to atheism.
Of course, most postmoderns have escaped above such restricting categories as existence anyway. Relegating Jesus' existence to religious truth and so to the subjective, non-fact realm, you don't even have to consider him! This trial could be a nice blow to that value / fact, religious truth / scientific truth dualism with which Western thought and culture is plagued.
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