Came across this quote while read The Historiographical Jesus,
Of course the doubt as to whether Jesus really existed is unfounded and not worth refutation. No sane person can doubt that jesus stands as founder behind the historical movement whose first distinct stage is represented by the oldest Palestinian community. But how far that community preserved an objectively true picture of him and his message is another question.
It comes from Bultmann’s book, Jesus, and can be found on pg 37 of the above mentioned book.
Reading Le Donne’s history of historical critics is breathtaking, and should give someone pause. Can someone really divorce history from facts? Can the historian approach history, sacred or otherwise, from a neutral position?
Not even Switzerland managed to remain completely neutral.