Question: Paul and the sudden founding of Christianity
I am a Mythicist as well, and I highly applaud this forum for its great and fantastic work. I have asked for any historical evidence for over five years, and thus far remain unsatisfied with he position that Jesus existed.
After overlooking all the "evidences" for Jesus, as well as reading about similar myths arised and such, there is only one thing left that remains uncertain - which is also a big scratch on the head for most people. So here is my question:
How did Christianity arise so quickly? I am told that 20-30 churches were discovered within the 1st century (I do not fully buy it, but please feel free to prove this wrong) and the first person to write about Jesus comes from Paul - who never met Jesus and only "experienced" him on the way to Damascus.
I am aware that religions like Christianity do not take a miracle to take place (there are plenty of natural ways) but the question remains how did churches suddenly become established shortly after the death of the supposed Christ.
Please feel free to give an explanation (more the detail the better) and if I got anything else incorrect (there were fewer than 20 churches OR they did not appear until X decades later) feel free to point it all out.
Thank you for you help and input.