Who is Jesus?
"In their relentless search for "the historical Jesus," various Biblical Scholars argue that the Gospel stories of the empty tomb and Jesus' post-resurrection appearances are fictions devised long after his death to justify claims of his divinity." (Rethinking the Resurrection, Newsweek. April 8 1996, page 42)
"While belivers through the ages have echoed Peter's faith-filled declaration, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God," some modern scholars say that historical evidence reveals a much different portrait of Jesus than the one in Christian creeds." (In search of Jesus, U.S.News & World Report, April 8 1996, page 47)
What do they say about the Bible?
"For another, the post-resurrection stories contain a variety of factual discrepancies about the main characters, places, times and the messages attributed to the Risen Jesus. For example, the Gospel of Matthew has Jesus appearing first to Mary Magdalene and other woman. Luke gives the first appearance to Peter, and (with the exception of a later addition to his Gospel) Mark contains no post-Resurrection appearances at all. Luke's Gospel says that Jesus appeared to the apostels in the Jerusalem area; Matthew says it was in Galilee." (Rethinking the Resurrection, Newsweek. April 8 1996, page 44)
"Many sholars think the gospels are unreliable records since they were written as proclamation, not objective history, decades after Jesus's death." (In search of Jesus, U.S.News & World Report, April 8 1996, page 47)
"There are, after all, four Gospels, whose actual writing, most scholars have come to acknowledge, was done not by the Apostles but by their anonymous followers (or their follower's followers). Each presented a somewhat different picture of Jesus's life. (The search for Jesus, TIME, April 8 1996, page 38)