Despite that being a survey of 1400 scholarly publications. Guess you’re not as consistent as you would like to think Gary. Also – having studied ancient history I’m amazed how people suddenly stop doing ancient history when they start studying Jesus as an historical figure. I have decided not to be inconsistent but to compare apples with apples and have found the New Testament is more credible than any other ancient historical document. It’s that simple, really.
The fact is, if everyone was consistent, the Resurrection would be considered an established historical fact. It’s inconsistency that even leads to blogs like your own. Blessings! have a great 2018 – we will be in touch!
Gary:If Gary Habermas [the evangelical Christian New Testament scholar who alleges he conducted a literature search and found that 75% of scholars believe in the historicity of the Empty Tomb] will release his research for everyone to evaluate [he has steadfastly refused to do so] and the majority of scholars agree that his research demonstrates that 75% of all NT scholars believe that there was an empty tomb, I will be happy to accept that claim as historical fact. But since we have no clue what his research consisted of, we cannot know if it is accurate. For instance, maybe the only scholars who write on the historicity of an empty tomb are fundamentalist/evangelical Christians! If that is the case, then OF COURSE the overwhelming majority of articles written on this topic will favor an empty tomb.
So to account for your objection, let me add a caveat to my original claim that I accept all majority expert opinion: I always accept majority scholarly opinion when the evidence demonstrates that a majority of all scholars in that field hold that position. I refuse to accept a “majority scholarly opinion” claim from someone who refuses to release his (or her) evidence for such a claim!
The problem for you is this: the same majority of scholars who say that the Gospels were not written by eyewitnesses or the associates of eyewitnesses (the real issue that has gotten under your skin) is the same scholarly majority who state that Jesus was a real historical person. You accept and propagate their majority opinion on the latter issue, but reject it on the former.
You are inconsistent. You cherry pick what to believe. Your beliefs are based on wishful thinking (“faith”) not on evidence.