(This is a guest post by Trina Hoaks. Trina is the Atheist Examiner at Examiner.com.)
A new project is under way to determine if Jesus actually existed. Aptly enough, it is called the “Jesus Project.” The project, which is an initiative of the Center for Inquiry, is comprised of 20 scholars from different areas of expertise who consider the existence of Jesus to be a “testable hypothesis.”
The group, which consists of historians, biblical scholars, theologians, archeologists, and the like, will make their way through countless documents to determine what is admissible to the question at hand — a daunting task to be sure.
I have to wonder if the five years that have set aside for the project will be enough.
I also wonder, though, if this quest is worth the time, effort, and money. I for one have an appreciation of knowledge for knowledge’s sake and will be interested to hear (or read) the conclusions of those involved. I’ll admit it: I am intrigued. However, I have no doubt that no matter what they conclude, there will be people who will not be satisfied with the answers, and the debate will rage on.
Do you think this project will produce any worthwhile results?
Will they be taken seriously?