What about the Christ Myth theory?

I read a great quote on this subject today. It went something like, “this debate is only happening online. There are no serious NT scholars that give this theory any time.” Although I don’t think this is entirely true, and it is beginning to spill out into somewhat scholarly circles, most of the arguments are being made by bloggers, and non-scholars.
I don’t mean this to be rude. I just mean to say that there is a level of respect that we should have for those that have devoted decades to the study of antiquities, as opposed to someone that pulls tidbits from Wikipedia and cobbles their own version of what happened together to try to bolster the sales of their self-published books.
The silliness of the Christ Myth propaganda is this. It implies that we should use a different method to determine if Jesus was historically real, than any other historical figure. If the Mythicists (as they are called) had their way, they would have us use the historical method for all other established historical figures, except Jesus. I insist that we use the same Scholarly Historical approach in examining the historicity of Christ as we do to examine the historicity of Julias Ceasar, or Gangus Khan, or your great great Grandfather. By that tried-and-true method Jesus historically existed. Using the scholarly approach that gives us historical confidence that all the other ancient history is true- Jesus historically existed. If you feel the need to make an isolated historical approach for Jesus – that’s fine. Just don’t try to pass it off as THE historical method.
For those of you that can see the connections, I’d like you to read this ancient quote. I believe it’s talking about this very issue (and others of course).
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”
Please be intellectually fair. Please have the decency to actually read the source material. Please don’t deny that you believe in Christ if you’ve never read his story. There are so many people that want to deceive you with bad historical methodology.

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