Quite plausible. It certainly wouldn't be without precedent. Was Greek Mythology based on actual happenings? What about Norse? A lot of mythologies could have begun with actual facts and then become myths about Zeus and Hera through entropy, which is pretty much what I'm suggesting about Jesus. The existance of Zeus and Thor is written in many Greek and Norse texts but noone would claim that they existed. Simply being written about does not prove existence. Ancient seamen would tell you Poseiden himself forced them off course... It is a bad comparison, I only pointed that out because I was making a weak effort to stay on topic, and the fact there is no evidence of his existence from his own time shows that he was an extremely minor spiritual leader whose significance came much after his death (if he did in fact live from 0 BC to ~30AD or if he did live at all) -- which would keep him off any list of great leaders in history. On another OT note, there are so many holes in the history of Jesus theory that I can't see how it's taken seriously. Obviously a lot of history as we know it is based off of Christ, including the AD-BC seperation. The book "The New Chronology" does a great job of describing why this is such a problem. By your logic, you are "only blowing hot air" if you haven't read it. I don't want to get into all the reasons why in this forum, only because I don't think I would do it justice. I won't say that it's more likely that Jesus didn't exist than it is than he did. I will say that there are a lot of problems with the consenual western history and at the root of it is the history of christ. If you think that Christ's place in history is set in stone and no longer up for debate, you should take a look at the books i referenced earlier, or do some investigation on your own. I think you'll find that the case is not closed.