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RE: Blasphemy was never so whimsical!
It might surprise you to learn how little evidence there is for Jesus' existence; this is far from concrete. For example, the neo-Pythagoran Apollonius of Tyana lived just before the christian era. He claimed to have miraculous powers, led a wandering ascetic life, his followers referred to him as the son of god and claimed they witnessed his ascension into heaven. Quite a coincidence. Despite the dozens of historians in the time of Jesus, there is no contemporaneous record of his actions. In the first century AD, christians had no gospel. It was decades after Jesus' time that these were developed. Some scholars have argued that the written life of Jesus is simply a projection of the wishes of later christians.
None of this matters to me personally on way or the other, it is purely of historical interest, so I'd be interested to hear a rebuttal of it.