Ever heard of C.S. Lewis's Trilemma? In it he claims that you either accept Jesus's claim that he was divine and the Son of God, or you label him a lunatic or liar. From this proposition now comes a favorite argument for Christian Apologetics: "If Jesus was not who New Testament claims he was, why would Christianity have become so popular shortly after his death?" The basic tenet of this thinking is that if Jesus had never, in his lifetime, claimed to be divine, why would the people who witnessed the teachings of Jesus believe his disciples when they claimed that Jesus was divine?
Interestingly enough, the Bible seems to show otherwise. Mark 6 has a section describing what the people thought of Jesus. Some thought he was Elias while others thought he was John the Baptist back from the dead. Jesus has never been recorded as making either claim. So Christians are literally saying that it is implausible that people would believe in the divinity of Jesus after he died, while expecting us to believe that people believed he was a dead person while he was alive.
Theists say that people wouldn't believe in the divinity of Jesus after he died if he never claimed to be divine, while saying that people believed he was John the Baptist, back from the dead, even when he never made such a claim.
I hope I made my point clear.
"The Chaplain had mastered, in a moment of divine intuition, the handy technique of protective rationalization and he was exhilarated by his discovery. It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. Just no Character."
"He...had gone down in flames...on the seventh day, while God was resting"
"You have no respect for excessive authority or obsolete traditions. You should be taken outside and shot!"