I've been studying Christianity for over 20 years. In my youth, I jumped into it with enthusiasm and blind faith. Growing up in the buckle of the Bible belt, it seemed to be the right thing to do to seek a responsible path to adulthood.
In 1984, I received a degree in Theology and began teaching at a Bible college in St.Paul, MN. I taught there for six years, but I quit my job and changed occupations once I began to believe that Christianity was a fabrication. My discoveries are not revelations. Knowledge that Christianity has mortal problems is well documented for those willing to take the time to look.
I'm going to start a multi-part series on Why the Christian Story is Unbelievable. This part regards its lack of historical proof.
First, let's establish a timeline of events that are less controversial.
30 CE If Jesus existed, he probably died around this year. 37 CE The Apostle Paul is converted and believes Jesus is the Messiah. He never knew Jesus before the crucifixion. 37 CE Josephus Flavius was born. He grew up in Galilee similar to Jesus. He became the most noted Jewish historian of his time. 39 CE Philo (b.20 BC d.45 CE) wrote from Palestine. He was a Hellenized Jew who was contemporary to Jesus. He recorded Jewish history and philosophy. c.49 CE Paul starts writings epistles to churches. He writes the majority of the NT outside of the Gospels. c.62 CE Paul is killed in Rome for charges of treason. Paul dies without ever having read the Gospels, which would not be written for another 10 to 20 years. 64 CE Nero becomes emperor of Rome. The stories of his persecuting Christians may or may not be true. However, there is no proof that recanting of religious views would save anyone's life. 66 CE The Jews revolt against Roman rule in Jerusalem. The revolt is crushed by Commander Vespasian. 69 CE Vespasian becomes emperor of Rome.
70 CE Due to...