Perhaps a taker on the "prove Jesus existed" offer?
I've been talking to (...and debating with) to a youth-leader who heads a Christian ministry in Colorado recently, and he's been claiming that he can, in fact, prove that Jesus existed. I'm a bit unsure where to take this from here - here's what he said.
"Again i will reiterate, the life and times of Jesus is one of the most documented events in the works of ancient antiquity. To resort to some sort of childish challenge to offer a check of $666 is a little piny, when all we need to do is a little study on the historiography of the New Testament. I could list a wide swath of historians who have acurately document the life of Jesus, as well as the relevence of the New Testament as compared to ALL history previous to 1495. If indeed you suggest we wipe Jesus from the history of the world, then you must be prepared to use the same canon to wipe every culture previous to guetenburg, clear off the map. So if you're ready, I suppose we better get rid Mesopotamia, the philosophy of the Greeks, the Roman empire, the Middle Ages, and everything in between. So don't challenge me with some second rate contest to prove Jesus existance. It's just not the level of scholarship I think you and I are ready to stoop down to. I appreciate the challenge, and if you really need it, I'll provide. I'm in asia right now under a bit of a time crunch, so I really don't have the time, but in a week, I can post it."
Yup, he called the challenge "second rate"
So do I call his bluff?