The evidence that ''Jesus'' ever really existed is surprisingly shaky. The earliest books in the New Testament to be written were the Epistles, not the Gospels. It’s almost as though Saint Paul and others who wrote the Epistles weren’t that interested in whether Jesus was real. If Jesus really existed and went to his death as described in the so-called Bible, it was, as some put it, “barking mad.”
In fact, while there is no evidence that the so-called ''Jesus'' (scare quotes intended) himself was barking mad, but the doctrine invented later by Paul that Jesus died for ''our sins'' surely is. It’s a truly disgusting idea that the creator of the universe — capable of inventing the laws of physics and designing the evolutionary process — that this protégé of supernatural intellect couldn’t think of a better way to forgive our sins than to have himself tortured to death. And what a terrible lesson to say we’re born in sin because of the original sin of Adam, a man even the Catholic Church now says never existed.