There is a growing number of people (not in scholarship) that deny the existence of Jesus. Despite the mountain of evidence to the contrary, and despite the fact that no one questioned Jesus’ existence for eighteen centuries, the “mythicist” movement has gained enough traction that it should be directly addressed. Justin Brierly gives you a few points to respond with in this article, but I highly recommend Bart Ehrman’s Did Jesus Exist? which put the question to bed. That Jesus existed and was crucified is as sure a fact as anything from antiquity. Deny this, and you might as well deny all of antiquity. The question is: did he rise?