Famous historian Michael Palkovich has outraged Christians everywhere with his claims that there is no textual evidence that Jesus Christ ever existed.
Palkovich claims he studied the texts of 126 authors who lived during Jesus’ time (between the first and third centuries). He says he found no mention of Jesus, and accused Christians of creating a mythical figure to worship.
Palkovich says that the bible sites Jesus’ “global achievements and worldwide fame,” and that if these were true, there would be mention of Jesus in the works of authors during this period.
“When I consider those 126 writers, all of whom should have heard of Jesus but did not – and Paul and Marcion and Athenagoras and Matthew with a tetralogy of opposing Christs, the silence from Qumram and Nazareth and Bethlehem, conflicting Bible stories, and so many other mysteries and omissions – I must conclude that Christ is a mythical character,” he wrote.
“Jesus of Nazareth” was nothing more than urban (or desert) legend, likely an agglomeration of several evangelic and deluded rabbis who might have existed.”
The historian wrote about these findings in a recent article for The Free Inquiry called “The Fable of the Christ.” Palkovich also wrote about it in his upcoming book, “No Meek Messiah.”
Palkovich’s accusations are already causing controversy among Christians and non-Christians alike. Most historians acknowledge that Jesus Christ existed, whether they believe in God or not. Historians agree that Jesus was born between 7 and 4 BC, and died between 30 and 36 AD.
Researchers also agree that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and crucified by order of Pontius Pilate.
It seems that Palkovich is going to have some explaining to do to the big man upstairs…
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H/T: The Daily Mail