Secular science has “no doubt” that Jesus of Nazareth was a real historical figure. This was stated by the Australian teachings and the Anglican priest.
Director of the Center for Community Christianity Australia and historian John Dixon, who specializes in early Christianity, is one of the experts contributing to the new Dallas Theological Seminary podcast. The scientist noted that “secular historical science does not doubt whether Jesus of Nazareth lived,” and cited numerous publications to support it, the Christian Megaportal invictory.com reports, citing The Christian Post.
“Take the 1600-page Oxford Classical Dictionary,” Dixon said. – “Open the section on Christianity, there you will read several paragraphs that describe what we know about the historical Jesus. There is no doubt that this figure actually lived. The same is with the Cambridge Dictionary, in volume 10 there is a section on the birth of Christianity and there are several pages about the historical Jesus. “
Dixon spoke to podcast host Mikel Del Rosario about the public challenge he made on Twitter in 2014. If anyone could name one professor of classical, ancient history, or the New Testament from a secular university who believes that Jesus never lived, he would eat a page from his Bible.
“After I posted a tweet, my account exploded. People threw me the names of professors,” Dixon recalled, adding that none of the named professors actually majored in the three areas he mentioned. “I was talking about people who actually got what we call, in the British and Australian tradition, a tenured professor position. In fact, there are thousands of such specialists, but they have not yet found someone who would consider Jesus to be an invention. “
The podcast episode was named after John Dixon’s 2019 book The Story of Jesus?, in which the author proved the historical existence of Jesus of Nazareth and why it matters today. According to the description, in the book, John Dixon revealed the tools that historians use to prove the existence of such personalities as Emperor Tiberius, Pontius Pilate, the high priest Caiaphas and, of course, Jesus of Nazareth.
As Dixon noted, some scholars have argued that the evidence that Jesus of Nazareth was a real historical figure is too scarce, especially if the Bible’s gospel accounts are not included.
“In a recent book, French philosopher Michel Onfray speaks of Jesus as a hypothesis and His existence as an idea, not as a historical fact,” wrote Simon Gathercole of the University of Cambridge in a 2017 article for the Guardian. “Some writers have even argued that both Jesus and Nazareth are Christian inventions.”
Like Dixon, Guthercole acknowledged the historicity of Jesus, adding that “the numerous historical references leave little room for doubt that Jesus lived and died.”