Threads about this have been made before, but none have been made for a few years. I was very much on the fence with this one, I never really cared. But I became curious recently, having had a few interactions with street preachers. Based on the limited research I've conducted over the past few days, I've come to the tentative conclusion that Jesus never existed. There were obviously many people named Jesus (or however they spelt it at the time) living in the ancient middle east, but none of them were the 'Jesus'. Not the supernatural Jesus, nor a more earth-bound facsimile. If there was a Jewish teacher called Jesus in 1st century Palestine, then his life will have been so different from the Jesus of Christianity that one couldn't possibly say he was the same person.
Numerous pieces of evidence brought me to this conclusion, but the final nail in the coffin was the discovery that Nazereth didn't even exist in the 1st century. No Nazereth means no Jesus of Nazereth. I'm even inclined to retract the word 'tentative' from the previous paragraph.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?