Is the Sky Falling in the World of Historical Jesus Research?
Historians of Jesus have very often made use of the criteria of authenticity. That is, they grant more weight to those reported items that are attested by eyewitnesses and/or unsympathetic sources. They grant more weight to an item when it’s attested by multiple independent sources, etc. However, some scholars think these criteria have little value in historical inquiries and should be abandoned. In this journal article, I offer several criticisms of such skepticism.