Jesus is either dead or never existed in the first place. I don’t know enough of these historical issues at all to have a firm belief about which position is correct. But I do find the arguments Robert Price makes prima facie compelling:
Two new scholarly works out this spring take opposite sides on the question of whether Jesus was an actual historical figure or a purely mythical invention. Bart Ehrman’s Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth came out a few weeks ago and argues for the historical Jesus. Richard Carrier’s Proving History: Bayes’s Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus comes out in just a couple of weeks.
And Ehrman and Carrier have already begun to tangle on the internet, with Carrier taking Ehrman to task over some egregious errors in an article on Jesus’s existence that he posted on The Huffington Post. James McGrath has since come to Ehrman’s defense. And Carrier has replied in detail. And McGrath has responded.