This is a guest post by "Oven Mitt."
Recently there have been comments on extoots about the historicity of Jesus, suggesting that in reality he never existed, and I thought it would be interesting to consider what the controversy means.
In short, I believe those who reject the reality of events in scripture and those who say their faith is valid are talking about two different things—radically different things—but things that are not incompatible or contradictory. The apparent contradiction comes from the meaning of “real.” Let us, for the moment, look at reality from the point of view of the doubters; let’s look at what real means, in their sense of it.
Reality enables us to do our jobs. It allows us to build bridges and bake bread. Reality is shared.