Originally posted by HumeA
To add the that, the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth is rarely questioned now. There is enough evidence to suggest that it is more than likely that he existed and that he was executed in Judea in the tenure of Pontius Pilate.
It is only rarely questioned because the largest religions in the world require it to be true and thus members of those religions will not question it.
While this is not irrefutable evidence, it sums it up nicely enough, I think:
"[If Jesus did not exist then we] should therefore have to believe that thirty years after the death of a man who had never lived, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people not only believed firmly that he had lived, but at great danger to themselves believed him to have been divinely commissioned to establish a universal kingdom.” (Radin, Max The Trial of Jesus of Nazareth, (The University of Chicago, 1931), p10)
It is telling that you had to go back to 1931 to find a supporting quote, and that your quote not only does not 'sum it up nicely' but in fact shows a fundamental flaw.
Your quote is essentially saying: If Jesus didn't exist then our religion is wrong, therefore we cannot admit the possibility that Jesus didn't exist.
We just have to look at various cults today to see that it is entirely possible for a man who never existed to have thousands of followers within 30 years.
I personally question the existence of Jesus and even more so question the vast majority of claims made about him.