Sunday, June 02, 2013

H.G. Wells on the Historicity of Jesus

“I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.”

—H.G. Wells


17 Comments

  1. Joshua June 2, 2013

    What's the source of this quote? A brief search online showed it was heavily quoted, but none of the people quoting it listed a source. 🙁

    Thanks!

  2. Brian Auten June 2, 2013

    I had the same problem. If someone can find the source I'll be glad.

  3. Anonymous June 3, 2013

    Too bad there's no historical evidence for Jesus….It could of been great…

    • Jarrett Doyle December 5, 2016

      That's a bold statement to make even if your a non believer! Roman historians wrote about Jesus, Jewish historians did the same Jesus was a real person regardless of who you say he is.

  4. MaryLou June 3, 2013

    RE: historical evidence for Jesus:

    http://garyhabermas.com/

    http://risenjesus.com/

    http://pleaseconvinceme.com/2012/is-there-any-evidence-for-jesus-outside-the-bible/

    For books, I suggest Richard Bauckham's Jesus and the Eyewitnesses, Craig Blomberg's The Historical Reliability of the Scriptures, John Dickson's The Christ Files and Gary Habermas' The Historical Jesus.

    In his book, Dickson notes that the majority of mainline historians, that is, scholars who have no interest in proving that Jesus did or did not exist because of a personal bias, agree that Christ was a real historical person. He notes that, if you look at the history departments of universities around the world, you will find Jesus is part of the curriculum. I, myself, stumbled across this write-up re: a course at Stanford which is, of course, a secular university:

    "Over the last four decades, historical scholarship on Jesus and his times, whether conducted by Jews, Christians or non-believers, has arrived at a strong consensus about what this undeniably historical figure (born ca. 4 BCE, died ca. 30 CE) said and did, and how he presented himself and his message to his Jewish audience . . . . This is a course about history, not about faith or theology.”

    Therefore, it is not the case that there is no historical evidence for Jesus.

    • stu gotz January 21, 2017

      There is no contemporary historical evidence. Not one lick. (Key word is "contemporary")

  5. Anonymous June 3, 2013

    It was just a statement wells made, it wasn't from a book or anything, I think he was talking about 'A Short History of the World'

  6. Anonymous June 3, 2013

    Of course as an atheist Wells left out the most significant aspect of Jesus the so called "penniless preacher"He was also the Son Of God.

  7. Neal Korfhage June 3, 2013

    @ Anonymous about there being no evidence for Jesus of Nazareth.

    Sounds like you might also be interested the Alincolnism page on Facebook. Join the resistance against the irrationality that is Lincolnism. There isn't a shred of evidence for him either.

    https://www.facebook.com/alincolnism

  8. R Lidster June 3, 2013

    Yeah, sorry Anonymous. I'm not a believer by any stretch of the imagination, but the evidence is pretty strong that the man we now call Jesus of Nazareth lived and died at about the time that MaryLou cites. Accepting that he existed doesn't entail accepting that he was God incarnate, but not accepting that he existed is akin to the same kind of willful blindness of which skeptics often accuse Christians. Let's avoid that hypocrisy.

  9. Joshua Perry June 3, 2013

    Lister, your honest opinion is appreciated. I think C.S. Lewis's trilemma is suitable here. He is either Lord, Liar,or Lunatic. If he did rise from the dead after paying man's sin debt on Calvary, he is Lord.

  10. Chad June 5, 2013

    Hello Anonymous One,

    "Too bad there's no historical evidence for Jesus…"

    I would love to know how you concluded that.

    Respectfully

    • Unknown January 20, 2017

      None that are contemporary.

      Bot one person wrote anything down during his supposed lifetime.

  11. PrecioustoHim August 24, 2014

    Nowhere is there a better example of the proof of the existence of Jesus Christ , His life, crucifixion and resurrection then in Luke 24
    http://biblehub.com/nlt/luke/24.htm

  12. markamiller100 April 8, 2015

    See : Tacitus (for an historical reference to Christ) …

  13. bob78145 March 15, 2016

    Quoted or not, who cares? Its a fact .. .