Larry Moran posted on his blog an excerpt from a conversation we had on Facebook. The conversation showed that he is confused about what historians investigate, because he (like conservative Christians) thinks that “the Jesus of the Bible” – the one who performs miracles and so on – is the only one that matters.
I am surprised how many people who are well-educated in other areas seem to stumble in relation to this basic point. There is no good evidence that anyone has ever done a miracle. But there is very good evidence that some of the people about whom miracle stories are told were genuinely historical individuals. For goodness sake, the Catholic Church continues to canonize people and alleged miracles are a part of that process.