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Appealing to academic consensus in one field, but rejecting it in another?
If you're not a climate scientist, how do you know what to believe about climate change? Who do you go to for reliable information - TV reporters? Politicians? Pastors? Philosophers? Theologians? Pundits on CNN or Fox? Biologists? Sociologists? Airline pilots? Cab drivers?
The science community has been appealing to the consensus of degreed-in-the-field, experienced and peer-reviewed professionals who specialize in climate research. And I think that is reasonable. That's not to say that all of the experts couldn't be wrong, but it shows that there are likely very good reasons and strong evidence for what they believe, and that challenges should be held to a very high standard.
It's puzzling, then, why the equally-robust academic consensus about the person of Jesus in history is rejected by many of the same individuals who trumpet the value of consensus in climate science. In scholarly and academic circles in the field of ancient history and Biblical studies (which includes professionals spanning the full spectrum of belief from Christian to atheist), there is absolutely no doubt that Jesus existed. There is also no debate about several key events in Jesus' life, including His performing what people of the time believed to be miracles, His crucifixion and death, and His reported appearances to many people afterward.
The ONLY figures contending that Jesus didn't exist are all outside of the academic field of ancient history and Biblical studies. None of them have PhD degrees in the field. None have published peer-reviewed papers. ALL are self-declared authorities in the subject on the internet, but when you investigate their credentials, you see that they are grossly unqualified to have any opinion - especially ones that go against the overwhelming evidence and consensus of the experts. Yet many skeptics are comfortable to cite these sources as a basis to doubt any number of facts about Jesus, even His existence.
If a scientist believes it is irrational to listen to the bevy of climate change skeptics who are unqualified and outside of the field, then why are they unwilling to examine the exact same phenomenon happening within their ranks when it comes to the person of Jesus?
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