From BR's link of Ehrman: So just to reiterate, there are no accepted scholars in the field who contest the existence of Jesus as a historical figure--none. These are not religious adherents, but rather scholars fluent in the many source languages and history of antiquity, are expert hermeneuticists who have studied the literature and archaeological data of that era on an extraordinarily detailed level, and where the scholarly consensus has remained constant over time on this issue (it's probably the only issue for which there is such broad based agreement). In contrast, figures like David and Solomon are not considered to have existed by many scholars. Ditto with several other figures. So it's not like scholars aren't willing to contest some major things. But the historical evidence for Jesus is just too strong to be reasonably contested. And just to speak plainly, scholars would consider mythicists to be whackadoodles on par with fundamentalists who believe the world is only 6,000 years old. It's that fringe and that unsupported by evidence.