It seems that when one seeks to totally obliterate his or her former belief system, they simply replace one stern taskmaster with other. Maybe it is a personality type, or maybe a defect? I don’t know, but reading Neil’s post I seem to think that those who deny the historical Jesus do so to comfort themselves, to replace their once absolute faith in Christ with their absolute hatred of their former selves. They need Jesus not to be real to comfort themselves and their choices as much as they once needed others to be wrong. They create conspiracy theories wherein ‘main stream scholars’ are denying the possibility that Jesus could be completely a myth without themselves coming to acknowledge that they are sitting in the same boat. Their once refusal to acknowledge scholarship which denied their views of faith have been replaced with the denial of the same scholars who now deny their refusal of faith.
Some will point to the ‘plagiarism’ of the Christ and other pagan myths, citing, for example, Christmas. Glenn has the answer to that. For those who need critical scholarship to handle baseless skepticism of the Godfrey-Carr-Huller kind, you can check out these posts here.