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In Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, Bart Ehrman soundly refutes the arguments -- sometimes made by atheists, agnostics and humanists -- that early storytellers invented Jesus.
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Some have already suggested Ehrman is painting atheists with too broad a brush.

"I don't personally know a single atheist who would deny that Jesus existed," said Louise Antony, professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. "It would be really unfair to suggest that it's part of being an atheist to deny the existence of Jesus as a historical person."
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Ehrman said he had long received occasional emails from atheists and others asking him if he thought Jesus actually lived. Then last year, he accepted an award at a meeting of the American Humanist Association in Cambridge, Mass. While there, he was dismayed to find many humanists, who describe themselves as "good without God," adhered to widely discredited notions that Jesus never lived.
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"I keep telling Christians, they don't have to be afraid of the truth," said Ehrman. "The same thing applies to atheists and humanists. It's not going to kill them to think Jesus really existed."
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"I don't personally know a single atheist who would deny that Jesus existed," said Louise Antony, professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. "It would be really unfair to suggest that it's part of being an atheist to deny the existence of Jesus as a historical person."

I recently finished this book. Ehrman says nothing of the kind. In fact, he described himself in the introduction as something like "an agnostic with atheist leanings". He also said that he knew of no scholar, with a degree in a relevant field, and who currently teaches at a university/seminary, who believes that Jesus never existed--and that goes for atheists and agnostics as well as believers.
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I think the answer is... 5?
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I think the answer is... 5?

Perhaps, but what are the values of a, b, c, and d when the answer is 5? ;)
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I think the answer is... 5?

Perhaps, but what are the values of a, b, c, and d when the answer is 5? ;)

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I think the answer is... 5?

Perhaps, but what are the values of a, b, c, and d when the answer is 5? ;)
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I think the answer is... 5?

Perhaps, but what are the values of a, b, c, and d when the answer is 5? ;)
If I said 0 to all, would the universe collapse?

If you saying it made it true, then yes. ;)
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