This is an idea that everyone from internet atheists to Richard Dawkins have taken seriously.
For instance, Mark Thomas at godlessgeeks.com opens his essay on the subject:
Like most people (especially those raised Christian, like I was), I had always assumed that Jesus Christ had really existed, even though he may not have been divine. After examining the biblical, extra-biblical, and early Christian evidence, along with the myths of the time, I have concluded that there is no reliable evidence that Jesus actually existed — and significant evidence that he was purely mythical.
That is a strong claim! So, for your benefit, I’ve updated my free resource page “Did Jesus Exist?”
You’ll see what Richard Dawkins has to say about the existence of Jesus. More importantly, you’ll get access to a clear explanation of why we can know that Jesus really did exist.
Enjoy! Here’s the link again: Did Jesus Exist?
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