An atheist today may ask, “Did Jesus really exist?” Historians would likely ask in return “Why is that a question?”
Over a year ago I watched a documentary called “The God Who Wasn’t There.” The man behind it, an ardent atheist Brian Flemming, attempted to argue Jesus did not exist. He conducted interviews with Christians on the streets whom he bombarded with questions that ordinary people outside the scholarship would likely not know. By the end of the documentary, I wanted to plug my ears at the dishonest scholarship. I have met many today who gobbled up the bogus “Zeitgeist” documentary that argued pagan deities like Horus, Osiris, etc., had the same stories in history as Jesus. In other words, Jesus was just a copycat from paganism. This theory is condemned largely in the academic world and truly renowned scholars have dismissed it and pointed out the fabrications revealed in the “Christ-myth.” Archarya S., the woman behind the “Zeitgeist” parallels, has been dubbed a liar and buffoon in the scholarly community. Even a skeptical historian who enjoys writing books challenging church dogma Bart Ehrman said of Archarya:
“In 1999, under the nom de plume Archarya S, D.M. Murdock published the breathless conspirator’s dream: The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold….Mythicists of this ilk should not be surprised that their views are not taken seriously by real scholars, that their books are not reviewed in scholarly journals, mentioned by experts in the field, or even read by them. The book is filled with so many factual errors and outlandish assertions that it is hard to believe that the author is serious. If she is serious, it is hard to believe that she has ever encountered anything resembling historical scholarship.” 
Despite scholarly denouncement of the “Christ-myth,” mythicists continue to proclaim their claims as facts on the internet fooling the gullible. Any individual who reads such pagan parallels online might be intimidated if they do not know the real history or scholarship. Surprisingly, I have found almost all mythicists are atheists. Indeed, even famous atheist writers like Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens entertain the “Christ-myth” as deserving of some respect in scholarly communities. Hitchens used phrases such as “the highly questionable existence of Jesus” when discussing the arguments for Christianity.  But such a dogmatic acceptance of the “Christ-myth” should make one question the supposed rationality of atheist writers. Dogmatism is what such atheists as Dawkins or Hitchens condemn in religion, yet Dawkins appears equally dogmatic and ignorant in matters related to biblical history. 
The “Christ-myth,” far from showing the reasoning capacity of these atheist bloggers and authors, exposes the gullibility and dogmatism of so many atheists. To be sure, I have met some atheists who do not doubt or question the existence of Jesus. But such atheists tend to still contend virtually nothing in the four gospels is historical, which represents another claim that would draw little support from the scholarly community. Of course, the scholarly community may be completely wrong. Nonetheless, this demonstrates atheists like the mythicists do not represent the genuine intellectual opinions of academia. Though they may be knowledgeable in areas related to science, I have discovered most atheists who adopt this mythicist view do not remotely understand the historical discipline concerned with Jesus. The “Christ-myth” theory is not promoting atheist agendas to demonstrate the irrationality of religion and the rationality of atheism. Instead, the “Christ-myth” is affecting the opposite for atheists.
 See the supposed pagan parallels challenged in Martin Hengel, The Son of God: The Origin of Christology and the History of Jewish Hellenistic Religion, (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2007).
 Bart Ehrman, Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, (New York: HarperOne, 2012), 21.
 Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything , (New York: Hachette Book Group, 2007), 231, iBooks.
 I cannot begin to illustrate the errors of biblical scholarship Richard Dawkins promoted in his The God Delusion.