Concerning the issue of Christianity, for example, the majority of people are taught in most schools and churches that Jesus Christ was an actual historical figure and that the only controversy regarding him is that some people accept him as the Son of God and the Messiah, while others do not.
However, whereas this is the raging debate most evident in this field today, it is not the most important.
Shocking as it may seem to the general populace, the most enduring and profound controversy in this subject is whether or not a person named Jesus Christ ever really existed., when one examines this issue closely, one will find a tremendous volume of literature that demonstrates, logically and intelligently, time and again that Jesus Christ is a mythological character along the same lines as the Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Sumerian, Phoenician, Indian or other godmen, who are all presently accepted as myths rather than historical figures.
Delving deeply into this large body of work, one uncovers evidence that the Jesus character is based upon much older myths and heroes from around the globe.
The birthdate of Jesus is depicted as having taken place at different times.
In addition, of the dozens of gospels, ones that were once considered canonical or genuine were later rejected as apocryphal or spurious, and vice versa.
So much for the infallible Word of God and infallible Church!
Emperor Julian, who, coming after the reign of the fanatical and murderous good Christian Constantine, returned rights to pagan worshippers, stated, If anyone should wish to know the truth with respect to you Christians, he will find your impiety to be made up partly of the Jewish audacity, and partly of the indifference and confusion of the Gentiles, and that you have put together not the best, but the worst characteristics of them both.
Those who concocted some of the hundreds of alternative gospels and epistles that were being kicked about during the first several centuries C. have even admitted that they had forged the documents.
Basically, there are no nonbiblical references to a historical Jesus by any known historian of the time during and after Jesus purported advent.