Other findings of the group included: Jesus of Nazareth was born during the reign of Herod the Great.
His mother’s name was Mary, and he had a human father whose name may not have been Joseph. Jesus was an itinerant sage who shared meals with social outcasts.
Most Christians fail to comprehend the implications of the belief system they embrace.
Much of what they ‘ know’ about their religion is a highly sanitized version that is promoted by their priests and pastors.
The empty tomb is a fiction – Jesus was not raised bodily from the dead.
Belief in the resurrection is based on the visionary experiences of Paul, Peter and Mary Magdalene.
It is a world where a flood can cover the whole earth, and a man can walk on water, calm a stormy sea, change water into wine, or be swallowed by a “great fish” and live to tell about it.
In fact, only 18% of the sayings and 16% of the deeds attributed to Jesus were thought to be authentic.
The scholars used cross-cultural anthropological studies to set the general background, narrowing in on the history and society of first-century Palestine, and used textural analysis along with anthropological, historical, and archaeological evidence.
In total, they lay out a convincing case that Christianity is untrue.
This is based on the premise that a true, factual religion guided by a supernatural god would be precise, flawless, authentic, transcendent, unmatched, unique, prescient, prophetic, revelatory, internally consistent, and scientifically accurate.
Jesus was arrested in Jerusalem and crucified by the Romans.