This Salon piece (linked there from Alternet) lists five reasons that point to the notion that Jesus never existed.
I find this conversation fascinating. If Jesus (as I know Jesus, the Jesus of my Sunday school lessons) wasn’t the son of God, was strictly a charismatic rabbi around whom a religion was built, would that change my notion about Christianity? Probably not. Do I feel like I need to defend his divine-ness against the nay-sayers? I do not.
I don’t know if that’s me just walking away from a fight, or me seeing the fruitlessness of trying to explain something I hardly understand myself. Anyway: Enjoy the read.