Scholars agree he probably existed. It doesn’t matter to me. That wasn’t the point of me posting that Peterson quote.
I simply feel odd referring to the person of Jesus without some sort of clarification that I’m not of the flock, that’s all I meant to imply by “if.” As I re-read it now, not the best phrasing on my part.
It doesn’t matter to me, personally, if he did or didn’t exist. There’s general acceptance that he existed, considerably less evidence and consensus about his life and cause of death, and zero evidence for any miraculous resurrection.
What I know about your deity and his teachings tells me that referring to his “blood” as the source for any personal success or violent triumph would be—should be—considered anathema to believers everywhere. I get sick of the invocation of Jesus in anything remotely related to professional athletics, and I let my personal disdain for the seemingly-commonplace practice get in the way of finding a more clever way of distancing myself from any personal belief in Jesus while including him in a point I was trying to make.
However, I maintain that if a god exists it/he/she definitely hates the Vikings. :)

Scholars agree he probably existed. It doesn’t matter to me. That wasn’t the point of me posting that Peterson quote.

I simply feel odd referring to the person of Jesus without some sort of clarification that I’m not of the flock, that’s all I meant to imply by “if.” As I re-read it now, not the best phrasing on my part.

It doesn’t matter to me, personally, if he did or didn’t exist. There’s general acceptance that he existed, considerably less evidence and consensus about his life and cause of death, and zero evidence for any miraculous resurrection.

What I know about your deity and his teachings tells me that referring to his “blood” as the source for any personal success or violent triumph would be—should be—considered anathema to believers everywhere. I get sick of the invocation of Jesus in anything remotely related to professional athletics, and I let my personal disdain for the seemingly-commonplace practice get in the way of finding a more clever way of distancing myself from any personal belief in Jesus while including him in a point I was trying to make.

However, I maintain that if a god exists it/he/she definitely hates the Vikings. :)

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  4. iannorrisdaily said: I contest it!
  5. sethjones said: hahahahaha
  6. hatefulatheist said: The reason few people contest it is because few skeptics ever become biblical scholars, there are a few who question it and actually make a pretty good case that he may never have been a real person at all.
  7. axelrod said: #godhatesthevikings