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Letter: Some historians say Christ is the center of history

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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 12:00 am

Millions of people around the world celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ last month. Apparently some atheist groups are attempting to persuade people that Jesus’ birth and life are myth by their messages on billboards across the country.

The problem with that approach is that some of the most famous and well known agnostic, unbelieving historians have written books which contradict these modern day skeptics and atheist claims that Jesus’ birth and life are myth.

In the early 1900s H. G. Wells, the famous unbelieving radical historian, had this to say about Jesus: “Jesus of Nazareth is easily the dominant figure in history. To assume that He never lived, that the accounts of his life are inventions, is more difficult and raises more problems in the path of the historian than to accept the essential elements of the Gospel stories as fact. I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history” (American Magazine, July 1922).

H.G. wells was not alone as a leading infidel who wrote about Jesus. H. L. Mencken, editor of “American Mercury” and author of a number of very sophisticated books had this to say about Jesus: “The historicity of Jesus is no longer questioned seriously by anyone, neither Christian or unbeliever. The main facts about him seem to be beyond dispute” (“Treatise of the Gods,” H.L. Mencken, 1930, page 254).

Another fake claim made by atheists was that Roman historians didn’t mention Jesus in their accounts, but what about this? Cornelius Tacitus (born A.D. 52), while explaining the meaning of the word “Christians”: “Christ, from whom they derive their name, was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate in the reign of Emperor Tiberius” (Annals Book XV, Chapter 44, written A.D. 115-117). Also Josephus, born in A.D. 37 made reference to “Jesus, the so-called Christ.”

There were others, but the point is that you can’t change history. You can accept it and move on, or you can stick your head in the sand.

Tom Baker

Lodi

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